I wasn't surprised when they elected a black president, but I didn't think they would turn right around and elect a black Madonna so soon. Simultaneously releasing one album by yourself and another by your alter ego is such a Madonna-esque move that Madge is probably kicking herself for not thinking of it, although I suppose it is part of the point of Madonna that she is still Madonna no matter what kind of blasphemo-sodomite tomfoolery she gets up to.
I just like everything about this video. The double-dutch backbeat and the chainsaw synth sample appeal to the five-year-old in me. The 15-year-old approves of Beyoncé's R. Crumb/Modigliani look. The 25-year-old graduate student approves of the fluid, rhythmically complex vocal performance and is aware of the classic American allusions in the choreography; also, he, like the 15-year-old, wants 30 seconds with that ass so bad his palms itch. This is Girl Power exercised on a terrifying, Galactus-like scale; Britney and Christina and Gwen Stefani, for all their gifts at manipulating certain archetypes, must feel like rented pleasure skiffs watching a nuclear sub pull into the harbour.