“Papa Don’t Preach” Speaks to the Complexity of the Father-Daughter Relationship

Quite possibly more than any other piece of pop culture, musically speaking, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” speaks to just how intense and often contentious the father-daughter relationship can be. Based on an actual conversation between a group of high school girls that songwriter Brian Elliot heard outside his studio in …

Tess Trueheart versus Breathless Mahoney: The Age Old War Between Virgin and Whore

Glenne Headly had many roles before her untimely demise on June 8th, but perhaps one of the most unwittingly political ones was her interpretation of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy comic strip character Tess Trueheart. As Dick’s steady dame, she often finds herself endangered by the villains he comes up against, just …

There Was Already A Gloriously Trashy TV Movie About Madonna’s Early Days So What Are We Doing With Blond Ambition From Universal?

Though it may have been low-budget and low-caliber acting, much of the frequently forgotten about 1994 TV movie, Madonna: Innocence Lost (which aired on Fox, mind you, not Lifetime), proves to be highly detailed in its recounting of how Madonna got to the top, as well as her many daddy …

“Respectful, Loving Space” Is the New “Conscious Uncoupling” Thanks to Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom

Though Orlando Bloom seemed like the perfect sexually appetitive boyfriend based on those photos of him grabbing Katy Perry’s tits like a preteen boy just discovering a real woman for the first time, it could very well have been his somewhat unusual penis that ultimately left Perry cold. Whatever the …

Madonna & Marilyn Minter: An Alliance That Makes Sense for More Reasons Than Just Alliteration

For those fortunate enough to gain entry into the Brooklyn Museum’s Brooklyn Talks series on January 19th–the eve of Obama’s final night as the holder of a peaceful presidency–it was plain to see from the outset (after an initial screening of Madonna’s 2013 short film, secretprojectrevolution, to set the tone for …