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  1. Yes!!! Bad Girl and Oh Father are ART just like this. They tell a story and are so damn intricate and subtle, you catch something new and meaningful every time you watch them. RE: GC I was totally shaken and uncomfortable the first time I watched it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The reality of gun violence is grotesque and should enrage all of us so you can’t tackle a topic like this and pussyfoot around. And she did NOT! I’m amazed, wowed and so damn proud to be her fan.
  2. Well...yeah...that’s the point. A lot of people are dying on a weekly basis in America because of lack of gun control. She was compelled to say something about it and try to affect change through her art. I can’t wait to see how the video embodies this message.
  3. Umm not according to actual statistics, data and research on the topic. Yes security guards and people trained in the use of fire arms sometimes can lawfully use those weapons to prevent an attack or for self defense but for the average citizen studies show you are 6 times more likely to shoot someone erroneously than to defend yourself from an intruder. And mass shootings are only a part of the problem. There’s also suicides, gang violence, accidental shootings, toddlers going into their mothers purse and shooting themself or their parent or sibling. It all adds to a hundred thousand needless deaths in the US per year, yet our government does nothing to prevent them. Common sense solutions (background checks, banning assault weapons, low capacity magazines, waiting periods etc) are out there and we know they would help because they have been very successful in countries like New Zealand, Australia and Europeans countries. But Americans can’t seem to find the political will. Shame on us.
  4. Ok point taken. Maybe that is a bad example. My point is even M has said there were loads of times in her past she was provocative just from provocations sake. This time she’s delivering a commentary on a societal issue she cares about passionately.
  5. I honestly love her for this. She’s chosen controversy and provocation her whole career but this isn’t just putting some burning crosses on a lawn, kissing a black saint or saying fuck on Letterman a bunch times just to rile people up. This is serious commentary about a fucked up society (America) that chooses guns over the public’s safety over and over again. Clearly it’s an issue she cares about deeply and she’s using her platform and her art to try to affect change. How brave and fucking badass!! And all to a delicious pulsing disco beat!
  6. 1) God Control 2) Come Alive 3) I Don’t Search I Find 4) Crazy 5) Future but it might change tomorrow. I need more time with these songs
  7. OMG this is hands down my favorite track on the album!!!! On the first listen the choir and then the disco explosion gave me goosebumps. Then I really listened hard and I saw the 70s nods (do the hustle) the TomTom Club rap and most importantly the message. This is a song filled with the rage and frustration so many of us are feeling about lack of gun control obviously but as Trump, climate change, homophobia, inequality, Brexit, the increase in hate and corruption and our government’s unwillingness to do anything about it. But instead of writing a scorched earth diatribe she put her frustration into an amazing swirly dance classic. “It’s a weird kind of energy” Indeed! And a way to dance in a brand new way. She delivered!
  8. Guys I’m thinking it’s like Christmas Eve for us! So much excitement and anticipation for Friday and what we’re about to hear. Whereas everyone who’s already listened to the leaked tracks is sitting in a flurry of wrapping paper and presents wondering if that’s all they’re gonna get. Just think about that when your will power is weak.
  9. Lol same. I’m waiting for Friday but time-goes- by- - - so slowly....
  10. Ugh. Can we just stop with the handwringing? This announcement reminds me of when she played the Roxy and Brixton Academy when ROL came out. She’s so comfortable in front of her gay audience. I’m sure she’ll be fire! My setlist from heaven: -Vogue -Medellin (w/shirtless Maluma of course) -Deeper and Deeper -I Rise -God Control (or whatever the dancy third single is) -Music -Holiday
  11. I mean...in the history of M controversies isn’t this relatively tame? So she sang LAP a little wonky and advocated for peace? People proclaiming her career is over are laughable. Like this negates 35 years of top notch live performance and the greatest discography in the history of pop music? I hardly think so. I’m sure M wished she had sung LAP better but practically every pop vocalist has had a bad night and then got crucified for it the next day. (Mariah? whitney? Adele?) it’s just so much more vociferous exaggerated and relentless because of social media and because it’s Madonna. I admire her bravery and uncompromising attitude. Eternally the non-conformist. I’m just looking forward to what comes next. Videos, Dark Ballet and the album release!!!
  12. https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/ultimate-madonna-playlist Vogue staffers picking their fav M track is a cute extra as well!
  13. https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/is-the-fight-against-ageism-madonnas-biggest-revolution-ever This essay beautifully articulates the struggle against ageism she’s taken on, the hypocrisy she has to endure and the massive amounts of credit she is due. Bravo!
  14. Reading the tea leaves here. M listed lots of Madame X personas. The first one was Cha Cha Instructor (Medellín) and the last one is prostitute. Based on the track listing could prostitute be the persona behind I Rise?? . Makes you think about “rising” in a totally different context doesn’t it?
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