By: Adam B. Vary at Entertainment Weekly - Entire article found here.
So, which is better (or worse)? Chris Gaines? Or Jo Calderone? Lady Gaga’s male alter ego took the the MTV VMA stage a second time to present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award to Britney Spears, and for a man who opened the show complaining about the constant spotlight on Lady Gaga, he seemingly could not stop hogging it for himself.
After lauding Spears as “a pop music legend” who inspired him when he was a starving artist, Calderone offered this anecdote/over-share: “I used to hang posters of her on the wall and touch myself when I was in bed.” (Spears, for her part, found that hilarious.) Calderone then cued a well-choreographed-if-still-mildly-horrifying tribute performance by a gaggle of tween girls in Britney drag dancing to some of her biggest hits.
Did anyone else think that Stefani's opening monologue as Jo Calderone was the most self indulgent, narcissistic speech about herself ever? It was the most awkward, cringe worthy performance I've seen. Aside from delusional little monsters in the pit screaming, Gaga's peers looked completely dumbfounded and downright embarrassed for the copy cat. A few quotes from "Jo Calderone" talking about Gaga (herself) (Ugh! I can't believe I have to sit through watching this again just to get them):
"I think it's really fucking great that she's a star, a big beautiful star in the sky"
"Cause when she gets on that stage, she holds nothing back"
"That spotlight, that big, round, "something" spotlight follows her where ever she goes"
You just know that is exactly what she thinks of herself.
In fact, she is so narcissistic that even during Britney's tribute, Stefani had to make it about her and poke her nose right in there. Let Britney have her moment Gaga! Britney seemed to be completely uncomfortable being up there next to Stefani and not sure what to make if "it". Britney even rejected Stefani's attempt at a kiss stating "I've already done that", in reference to her kiss with Madonna. Perhaps Britney's way of saying "You ain't her wannabe". Britney has been quoted saying “It was interesting, her character,” when asked about "Jo Calderone". We all know that's just a polite way of saying "WTF???"
Even Time Magazine wasn't impressed with Stefani's embarrassing performance and monologue.