Imagine if we all got fed up and realized once and for all that we have a choice about how to feel in our bodies.
Madonna's not going to change her I'm-not-looking-back ways, but it is said that even she was surprised at the crowd reaction. So maybe she'll sneak in a couple more of the classics as her "MDNA" tour proceeds across the country.
At last Thursday night's show in Yankee Stadium, she spoke up rousingly (again) for the freedom of speech and expression in the U.S.A.
Maybe it's because I'm too old. Or maybe it's because I'm just plain jealous. Or maybe, seriously, it's because I train teachers and work with hundreds of adolescents. In any case, I'm seriously shocked at the lack of length of today's shorts and dresses.
Did you just roll your eyes? It's OK. I don't blame you. But here's the thing. Before Madonna, there were no female pop stars for teenage girls to identify with. None.
Madonna kept 20,000 people waiting because she's selfish and narcissistic and lives in her own egotistical bubble. Madonna chose to be late. Don't make that choice. By being late you're saying to your customer that you had other things to do that were more important.
When you read the books, which are all, apart from the one that's coming out in October, big and fat and packed with references to art, and culture, and philosophy, and religion, and written in prose that makes it all seem urgent, you can't just dismiss her as a maverick.
"MDNA" is what has become the standard mix for a Madonna show--mind-blowing brilliance, dazzling sets, incredible dancing. And then there's the stuff she does because she wants to!
Western artists can and should support their Russian comrades. But the support received by Pussy Riot is sadly an aberration.
When Vitalii Sediuk (Віталій Седюк) gave Kylie Minogue a bott...
Vladimir Putin might want to deliberate on the unintended consequences that might result from a harsh verdict against Pussy Riot on Friday. As we have seen in the last two years, what was once unthinkable is becoming common.
Dale was the voice of damage-control, the pen of Oscar campaigns, and the heart of a movement that cultivated compassion in modern Hollywood. Laughter and caring were Dale Olson's trademark, entertainment was his business.
In a week when three members of Pussy Riot, Russian President Vladimir Putin's prime party poopers, have been put on trial in Moscow accused of "hooliganism" in an Orthodox church (they sang a "punk" prayer!!!), Russian "queer" politics may have stumbled on its own 1812 moment.