An alter ego (Latin, "the other I") is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or original personality. The term was coined in the early nineteenth century when dissociative identity disorder was first described by psychologists. A person with an alter ego is said to lead a double life.
A distinct meaning for alter ego can be found in literary analysis, wherein it describes characters in different works who are psychologically similar, or a fictional character whose behavior, speech or thoughts intentionally represent those of the author. Similarly, alter ego can be applied to the role or persona taken on by an actor or by other types of performers.
Alter ego is also used to refer to the different behaviors any person may display in certain situations. Related concepts include avatar, doppelgänger, impersonator, and split personality.
First of all, I cannot believe I'm wasting my time, efforts, opinions, and my space here to even discuss Nicki Minaj and her "alter ego", Roman Zolanski! In the pre-Grammy red carpet walk Minaj was escorted by a man who was dressed as a pope. Then ... on stage she levitated, spoke in tongues and acted possessed - a Broadway type spectable (debacle) of an exorcism.
I feel the performance (more like a train wreck) was disrespectful, absurd, disgusting, irreverent, and ridiculous - on so many levels! And to do it at the Grammys, especially, considering the turn of events prior to the show. I am not a huge fan of hip hop and rap music anyway; this has left me with an even more bitter taste of it. Personally, in spite of my distaste for that music genre, I think Nicki has brought down the already bad image of hip hop and rap music.
Doesn't the producer of the Grammys even chek the content of the performers who are cast each year? Shame on the music industry for even allowing such a profane display. And the introduction by MC, was certainly is undeserved. I'm in agreement with those who were, and are, outraged by this person, her alter ego, and this Grammy performance. It restores my faith in the human spirit.
Then, to top it off, GMA blew it again for me (like when they hired Elisabeth Hasselbeck). They actually had Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin on the show today - promotiong some HIV-AIDS project they're doing together - not here in our country, but in Latin Ameria. Don't get me wrong; I appreciate what they are doing. It's great that (supposedly) 100% of the proceeds of her Mac Viva Glam lipstick will go to charity. But why be a foul-mouthed, loose-moraled, outrageous b**** ... why not be a more positive influence on these kids she speaks of, and says she wants to help ... seems a bit hypocritical to me. There are much more positive, clean, and charismatic ways to get one's point across, rather than SHOCK tactics like she uses. She says she believes in ABSTINENCE, hmmmm ... in spite of my opinion of her, she seemed quasi normal in her GMA interview (compared to her on-stage performances).