Madonna’s been terrorizing our ear-holes all spring with new music from her latest album Madame X. We were told Madame X was some kind of secret agent who travels around the world, shifting identities and solving problems like Israeli–Palestinian conflict and tenacious toe fungus. Now Madonna, sorry, Madame X, has a new video that would like to ask for your enthusiastic consent to jizz in your eye (consent is understood to have been given when you click on the little triangle).
In this video for the song Dark Ballet, Madame X brought a big duffle bag full of Mission Impossible rubber masks and takes on the identity of (guessing using her list of Madame X alter egos for reference) a prisoner, a nun, and a saint. I wish she had also managed to shoehorn The Cabaret Singer in there as well, but this isn’t one of the “fun” ones. It starts with a lengthy quote from Joan of Arc followed by a black man being burnt at the stake. See, not fun at all.
With deep lyrics like “I can dress like a boy, I can dress like a girl”, I think Madonna, sorry, Madame X, has earned the right to filter up images of traumatized minorities for the greater good. Rapper/activist/performance artist Mykki Blanco portrays Madame X cum Joan of Arc. You can tell by the wig. Dark Ballet is anything but subtle.
Will people at the clerb the summer be pirouetting like its hot when the Tchaikovsky dance break drops? That remains to be seen. But this one gets a no from me. But I eagerly await, ok, placidly await, await the PG rated Pepsi commercial cut of Dark Ballet featuring The Housekeeper and The Equestrian.