Whatever Madonna Was Selling at Her Stonewall Appearance, I’m Not Buying by David Barr
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Jan. 9, 2019
“I walk in the footsteps of giants, the freedom fighters who came before me,” said Madonna during her “surprise” appearance at the Stonewall Inn (not really the Stonewall, of course, but sort of a faux Stonewall.
It was a bagel place for a long time in the 1970s, with odd, diagonally placed wood paneling.) You need to watch the video of her appearance to get how truly odd and surreal it was.
Now, all of a sudden, she’s a freedom fighter? Her words are written out on rainbow index cards, and she reads them like she’s seeing them for the first time. I couldn’t make it all the way through her live performance of “Like a Prayer.”
If Elvis wasn’t dead, he is now — and rolling over in his grave after her rendition of his classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Madonna and I are not on speaking terms, and here’s why.