Economic markets are collapsing. People all over the world are suffering and people are afraid, and what happens when people are afraid? They become intolerant. They start pointing the finger at other people. They say, “You’re the reason! You’re the problem! You’re to blame! Get out!”
The enemy is not out there. The enemy is within!
I did my tour of duty this year. It feels like I’ve been to hell and back. I saw many things I did not like. I saw apathy. I saw intolerance. I saw desperation and poverty. I saw discrimination and bigotry… and a kind of sinister black cloud of hypocrisy moving in on me… like a curtain of despair. Yeah that’s right! I saw the lack of desire like a plague… putting everyone in a kind of a trance. And I looked into the eyes of people and I saw helplessness, I saw hopelessness, I saw humans searching for a way out… another new and exciting distraction… an excuse to do nothing… an external enemy to blame. But I also saw people desperate for a way in… Looking for guidance… looking for inspiration… for hope… looking for love…
I keep telling everyone that I want to start a revolution, but no one is taking me seriously. If I had a black skin and an afro, would you take me seriously? If I was an arab weighing a hand grenade, would you take me seriously? If I had a combat gear and an AK-47 strapped to my back, would you take me seriously? Instead, I am a woman, a blonde… I have tits and an ass… and an insatiable desire to be noticed. “Come on baby! Show us your ass! Shake it for us baby! Do that dance you do so well for us baby.”
But I still want to start a revolution.
Somebody’s got to…
There’s too much beauty in the world going to waste…
Too much talent going unnoticed…
Too much creativity being crushed beneath the will of corporate branding and what’s trending.
But it’s time to wake up… before its late.
History is repeating itself. Don’t you see a pattern here?
We live in a very scary time.
Or should I say we don’t really live at all.
Democracy doesn’t seem to exist anymore. ‘Freedom of Expression’ sounds like a catch-phrase.
And if you want to be an artist in this day and age, you better have strong arms. You better be prepared to swim upstream in shark-infested waters… You better have thick skin. Because when those fascist dictators posing as righteous men come for you, with their big leather boots to shut you up… to put a gag in your mouth… to send you away to Repeal Colony… You better be prepared to fight for what you believe in. I used to think I had thick skin. Right now it feels like I have no skin. Like I’ve been skinned alive. You better be prepared to die for what you believe in.
I don’t sleep anymore. I’ve lost my appetite. I don’t feel safe. Lots of people don’t feel safe. That’s why I want to start a revolution. But this revolution will not be televised, it will not be on the internet, it won’t be an app available on your iPhone. You won’t be able to download it.
This will be a revolution of thinking for yourself.. of having your own opinion and not giving a damn of what people say… This will be a revolution of enquiring further… of not worrying about winning other people’s approval… of not wishing you were someone else but perfectly content to be who you are… someone unique… and rare… and fearless… I want to start a revolution of love. And this revolution will overcome all fear and all suffering and all separation and it will include all people: Black, white, christian, chinese, muslim, jew, gay, straight, bisexual, fat, thin, handicapped, rich, poor, artistic and autistic! Fuck the labels. I hate labels. We’re all in this ship together, sailing like a burning spear across the sea. Burn! Baby, burn!
I feel the people are becoming more and more afraid of people who are different. People are becoming more and more intolerant. We want to fight for the right to be free. Free to be who we are. Yes? Yes!
It’s a very severe time. But we can make the difference. We can change this. We have the power. And we don’t have to do it with violence. We just have to do it with love! Jesus preached this. Muhammed preached this. Buddha preached this. Moses preached this. It’s in every holy book: “Love thy neighbor as thyself!” Okay? So you cannot use religion to treat other people badly. You cannot use God’s name, to treat other people badly. We all deserve love.
I’m not gonna make it alone. I’m sure you can relate. Sometimes I wanna beat myself up. Sometimes I say to myself, “Why didn’t I wait? Why did I listen to all those voices in my head? Why didn’t I have patience? Why did I let all that doubt into my head, into my belief system. Why?
I know what you’re thinking…
“If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
But it’s too late. I’m in the kitchen. And the burner’s on full blaze.
I want to start a revotution.
Are you with me?
FREEDOM IS WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT’S BEEN DONE TO YOU.
– Jean-Paul Sartre
This film is dedicated to those who have been persecuted, are being persecuted, or may be persecuted.
For the color of their skin. Their religious beliefs. Their artistic expression. Their gender. Or their sexual preferences. Anyone whose human rights have been violated.
No material in the article is original. It has been taken from speech elements of Madonna’s short film Secret.Project.Revolution (alongside MDNA Tour, Rebel Heart Tour and Rebel Heart album.)
I felt this was an important message to share. Sometimes we need to stand up for what is right.
You can watch Madonna’s Secret.Project.Revolution here: https://youtu.be/uXfXrl4K2D4
Latest album Rebel Heart is available on iTunes: https://goo.gl/SauxGv
Get your tickets for Rebel Heart Tour here: http://www.madonna.com/tour