This weekend the Tonya Harding biopic, I, Tonya, can be launched. It stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding and options Sebastian Shaw and Allison Janey. Rotten Tomatoes has given it the “licensed recent” score. 

In anticipation for the movie, the singer Sufjan Stevens has launched a track referred to as, “Tonya Harding.” It’s bizarre and deep and positively price trying out. 

The track covers Harding’s whole life beginning along with her low-income upbringing. 

Just a few Portland white trash

You confronted your sorrow

Like there was no tomorrow

Whereas the remainder of the world solely laughed

To her well-known triple axel. 

Triple axel on excessive

A pleasant catastrophe

You jumped farther and quicker

You had been all the time so filled with surprises

To her notorious, alleged assault on Nancy Kerrigan.

Nancy Kerrigan’s attraction

Nicely she took fairly a beating

So that you’re not above dishonest

Are you able to blame her for crying?  

Followers are applauding Stevens for humanizing somebody who’s so incessantly mocked in common tradition. 

It’s a tragic and interesting and complicated human story, I am not stunned Sufjan discovered curiosity in it


Sufjan is reminding us what common music can do, reminding us that artwork can deal with any matter it needs, delivering even a poignant five-minute “biopic” of a disgraced American determine skating champion as a result of why not.  Pop music shouldn’t be speculated to do portraiture, however who made them guidelines?  The Tonya Harding story challenges us all to look arduous at our personal sexism and classism.

Chris Shmitz

Sufjan must maintain doing portrait songs. This and John Wayne Gacy show it.

Bobby Bermuda

In a weblog submit Stevens explains what drew him to jot down a track about Harding. 

Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely adopted by the media, and he or she in a short time turned the brunt of jokes, the topic of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a actuality TV star earlier than such a factor even existed. However she was additionally merely un-categorical: America’s sweetheart with a darkish twist. However I consider that is what made her so fascinating, and a real American hero. Within the face of shock and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded time and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines vivid within the pantheon of American historical past just because she by no means stopped attempting her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, bodily abuse and public rebuke to develop into an incomparable American legend.

He additionally mentions that earlier drafts of the track had been a lot meaner, however as he dug in, he started to appreciate how sympathetic Harding is. 

However the extra I edited, and the extra I meditated, and the extra I thought-about the wholeness of the particular person of Tonya Harding, I started to really feel a conviction to jot down one thing with dignity and beauty, to tug again the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take inventory of the true story of this unusual and sumptuous America hero. On the finish of the day, Tonya Harding was simply an bizarre lady with extraordinary expertise and a tireless work ethic who got down to do her highest. She did that and extra. I hope the identical could be mentioned of us all.

[h/t Mashable]


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