Goodness me, I was a bit tired today but still I decided it was a good idea to try and watch Madonna’s much-heralded (by her) collaboration with Steven Klein as part of her new global initiative (…) ArtForFreedom to support freedom of expression for the oppressed. Those poor oppressed, they never catch a break. First there’s the oppression and now this! Actually perhaps I’m being oppressed, I’m gay, right? So far I’m just feeling unimpressed.
Poor Madonna, her heart’s in the right place as ever, but it’s tough for a popstar to ‘do’ politics. I say though, maybe it’s not possible. I’m sure it does a lot of good when celebrities are patrons of charities and raise awareness, but this project is a bit too broad in its objectives. She wants to start a revolution, she keeps saying. Oppression is bad! Well of course. What do you want us to do?
She does talk about how this revolution is outside the grasp of those capitalist arseholes that tell us what to buy and what is good, and about how this revolution can’t be bought or downloaded etc. That’s after the months of teasing about the project she’s done on Facebook and Twitter, putting it on YouTube, and allowing free downloads on BitTorrent(!) of the short film.
It’s just such so muddled, and I’m not sure what sort of revolution that grim film is trying to start. She talks at length about the wrongs of the world, and how she wants to start this revolution of love etc, while gunning down her endless supply of dancers. I’d had more than enough of them when I watched the MDNA tour last week, especially those ones who just wave their double-jointed arms around. She has a very diverse cast of dancers for sure, but in stark contrast to her Confessions era troupe, I don’t tend to like what they’re doing.
I love Madonna, and I dearly wish her all the success she deserves. But I’m highly sceptical that these bloated art projects will achieve anything. I’m loathe to mention Gaga, but when she’s pandering to the outcasts, at least you can sing along to it. Madonna unites people best with her music, and I hope she realises this sooner rather than later.