Growing up, Madonna was this massive inspiration. She was this insanely smart woman who grew up with working class Catholic values in a suburban community and then she just said, “Fuck this. I’m moving to the city. I’m following my dreams.” And she suffered and she fought and she always did things the smart way. It may not have seemed that way to outsiders, but given her options, she was always strategic beyond fault.
She saw trends in pop culture before anyone else did and made the moves before anyone else did. She was on the vanguard. A word I don’t use lightly, though others do.
Also, she was one of the first people to publicly champion the female gaze and female sexuality. Was she perfect and totally inclusively? No, because trailblazers never are. They’re just trying to hack through that utter bullshit surrounding them.
Lately, people have been shitting on her a lot. I’ve had to bite my tongue and avoid, like, three arguments this week at work about her. I just feel this desperate need to defend her because I feel like 15+ years of being on top of your fucking pop culture game excuses a bit of embarrassing excess past the age of 50. And yeah, she’s lost that “in” on our zeitgeist when it comes to a lot of stuff.
However, when it came to noticing Oscar Isaac as a hot and amazing actor, she had most of us beat.
Can we judge pause and acknowledge that for a moment? Can we?
Let us bask in her wisdom once more.
(Also, W.E. would have been much fairly critiqued if it had been an unknown dude’s first film or about…you know… DUDES. It’s not great, but it’s also pretty good for a first film.)