Angela Lansbury is iconic. I mean yes, there was that whole not understanding the gravity of sexual assault thing she had going on in 2017, but she is 93. But except for Angela’s inability to move beyond her 1930s/1940s views of male and female interactions she seems pretty great. And to continue our enjoyment of her whilst also accepting her flaws, we now have the delight of Angela experiencing the reggae song who shares the name of her hit series, Murder, She Wrote.
If you went to my high school between the years of 2004 and 2008 you definitely wound your 15-year-old hips to this song about a woman who is doing everyone. Fun times. Well, Page Six says that now Angela has also enjoyed the fun and has heard Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus & Pliers for the first time.
While appearing on CBC’s q Radio Show, the host, Tom Power, gave Angela her first listen.
So I found this amazing. This is like showing a white person what black culture is for the first time and they are like: “Who is this?” but not in a fearful way. It’s something. First she asks of Demus and Pliers:
“Are they? What are they? A group?”
Which is what my grandmother asks me anytime I tell her the name of an artist who came out after 1975. And she’s told that they are in fact legends in the reggae music world. To which Angela replies:
“Oh, reggae? Oh, I’m thrilled to be a part of reggae. Of course.”
Listen for yourself:
🔊 "Oh, I'm thrilled to be part of reggae." 🔊
— q (@cbcradioq) September 30, 2019
Spoken like someone who has just heard reggae for the first time in her whole 93 years of life. She really said, “Oh, reggae?”, as though she had not just heard a song that was clearly reggae beforehand. But hey, maybe Angela just thought the song was from one of Miley Cyrus’ appropriation eras?