Never one to be outshone, Lady Gaga posed as her alter ego, studly Jo Calderone, all night at the VMAs. Some folks have already said that Gaga’s shtick is tired, but I thought her performance last night was priceless.
She did it as a full-on drag king, too, a totally cocksure spoof of masculinity. (Britney seemed both flattered and terrified of “Jo” when they shared the stage; Jo was eyef–cking Brit-Brit pretty hardcore.)
I suspect that Gaga is most confident when she can disappear into costumes—in live interviews she always sounds so rattled!—and I couldn’t help but think that playing “Jo” gave Stefani Germanotta the confidence and oomph to, well, be herself. (I don’t buy the “misunderstood artiste” act for one minute, Stefani!)
Admittedly, my accolades might be in the minority—others are saying the whole thing was awkward and weird. Where do you weigh in?
Remember when Lady Gaga did the Japanese Vogue a few months back? You remember, it was the cover with the meat dress and it had the first appearance of her male alter ego. Yeah, you remember. Anyway, it turns out that the photo shoot got a little weird and graphic, because now all these outtakes are being released. You know, stuff like Lady Gaga all naked and/or in leather and usually tied up in some fashion. Also you can kind of see her vagina in one picture, but definitely her breasts in a few.
Does that sound like the kind of (obviously NSFW) magic that you’d be into? Well …
So I’m going to say – I absolutely love the 40s jazz-bop vibe going on in these videos, and I’d be pretty pleased to see Gaga take up this cross and bear it for awhile, instead of knocking off Madonna again and again and again and again. I just might grow to like this girl if she could keep up all the jazziness and stick a padlock on her mouth for the next, I don’t know, decade or so. Then we might be getting somewhere. For now, just enjoy the videos. There’re a few more after the jump.
Last night, I got a headache, so I took a couple aspirin. Then, a couple hours later, I got a tummy ache, so I took some Pepto-Bismol. A few hours after THAT, I took some Benadryl because I was itchy and stuffy from allergies. Just a few hours later, my BFF called to see if my boyfriend and I wanted to go get some happy meals. So what I’m trying to say is that I’ve had a real loopy day.
“I often feel like my shoes are the only part of me that know what I’m doing all the time because they’re always with me. There’s this one pair of boots that I always wear, and sometimes when I’m so alone in my hotel room, I look at them and I think how they really are the only things in my life that know exactly what I’ve been through all day.”
Truthfully, this is the first time that I’ve ever really felt bad for Lady Gaga. When we found out that she might use Rogaine, I was like “eh, she has money for good wigs.” When she started spewing out so much pretentiousness that it became obvious that there’s probably a little something off in her crazy ol’ head, I was just incredibly irritated. But now that she’s gone and revealed that she doesn’t have anybody as close to her as her shoes? That’s just plain heartbreaking.