Lady Gaga packs a lot of visual punch into her “Yoü and I” video . She plays the piano, she plays a man named Jo Calderone , she furiously dances in a cornfield and a barn, and she even goes under some unusual procedures. The jarringly beautiful images include Gaga being transformed into many types of creatures by her mad scientist lover, including a mermaid called Yuyi.
Yuyi and the scientist don’t just hang out together in his barnyard lab, they also get it on. The scene is borderline NSFW and includes Yuyi’s and the scientist’s bodies gyrating in rhythm with one another. That being said, is it even possible for a man and mermaid to, you know, have sex with one another?
“Well, that’s actually part of what the metaphor is — you can’t,” Gaga told an inquiring fan during her “MTV First: Lady Gaga” special on Thursday night, when she not only debuted the video on TV for the first time, but also revealed that she’s going to open the 2011 Video Music Awards on August 28, where she’s up for four nominations.
“Sometimes in love, you can’t make it work,” she continued about that particular scene. “No matter what you do, there’s this giant boundary between you and someone else. So that’s what it’s about, perceiving in your imagination that there’s something magical inside of you that you can make it work.”
It’s a real-life former love that has left an indelible mark on Gaga’s creative spirit, and she says that this video perfectly captures that. “For me, it was all about capturing the true spirit of the song, which is when you’re in love, you’ll be willing to walk and do the craziest and most inconvenient things you can possibly imagine,” she added. “The video is quite complex in the way that the story is told, and it’s meant to be slightly linear and slightly twisted and confusing, which is the way that love is.”
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for your favorites in the general categories by visiting VMA.MTV.com.