Even though Big Little Lies probably won’t be getting a third season (thank God), somebody forgot to tell Madonna. Maybe she gets really crappy cell reception in Portugal because she clearly did not get the memo. Madonna wasted hours and hours of her precious time making an audition reel for season 3 in which she heads out to the beach wearing a severe bang. Not only that, Madonna, I’m sorry, Madame X, who is practically a black woman herself, is joined by a group of “Black women from the island of Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony with a central role in the slave trade” (via Refinery29), increasing the black population of Montery from 2 (Zoë Kravitz and her witchy mom), to dozens. Meryl Streep could never.
Since BLL3 isn’t going to happen, it’s a good thing the audition reel also doubles as a music video for her song Batuka off the Madame X LP. According to Refinery29:
“Batuka” — a defiant, joyful cry for rebellion with a rousing call-and-response structure — is Madonna’s collaboration with the all-women Orquestra Batukadeiras, and they join her in the striking video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei and filmed off the coast of Lisbon. “I found them to be so strong, authentic, soulful, loving, generous, and kind,” Madonna told Refinery29 of her collaborators.
Here’s the video in which not a single person gets pushed down a flight of stairs. Boo!