Lady Gaga Even Brought Alter Ego Jo Calderone to the VMA Press Room
Lady Gaga appeared at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards as her alter ego Jo Calderone, and while the schtick was sustained on stage throughout the evening, it looks like her alt persona made it to the VMA press room, too.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the pop star was introduced as Lady Gaga, but would only answer questions as Calderone. When asked how one persona affects the other, Gaga/Calderone said, “I don’t understand the question."
Later, Calderone explained how he ended up at the annual awards show: “She’s just really f—ing pissed at me right now and she said, ‘F--- you. If you really love me, you’ll go instead of me, and you’ll get in that spotlight.’ So I did.”
Calderone said he's from New Jersey and his family is from Palermo, Sicily. He insisted he's "not a singer or a model or an actor or anything," but when someone suggested he was a guido, that's when Calderone got loud. “No, I’m not a f---ing guido!” he said. “You don’t like Italians? What the f--- is the matter with you? I’m just a guy, and I just wanted to show my girl how much I love her, that’s all.”
Gaga opened the VMAs with a long monologue as her alter ego before launching into her latest single, 'You and I.' She later appeared on stage as Calderone to present the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award to Britney Spears.