On this day in 1990, MTV banned the video for Justify My Love by Madonna.
Considering that was 23 years ago it’s impressive that the video is still one of the sexiest tracks/videos ever recorded. No matter how hard Rihanna/Beyonce/Mariah/Janet/Ciara/*insert random female artist* this is still the one to beat.
My first experience of a gay bar was aged 11, passing the RVT on a Sunday afternoon. We used to drive past on the way home after spending the weekend at my Grandparents. I used to pretend not to look for fear of ‘outing’ myself. It’s therefore another ‘self reflective inspirational’ moment for me, this Friday when I DJ at Oops!… PUSH THE BUTTON did it again at the RVT. I look at how much has happened in those….21 years, wow. For PTB I will be pulling out all the pop for our Britney special. In the mean time here is my set from Songs of Praise.
Happy Birthday Madonna. I could post Rescue Me or Burning Up - my favourite songs or a shot from the Vanity Faity/Mario Testino/Ray of Light shoot but instead to celebrate Madonna’s birthday I am posting my SECOND favourite Madonna moment. The FIRST will come later. xxx
You know Peter Tatchell. He’s the man that has consistently campaigned for LGBT rights since the 1980s. He has attempted a citizen’s arrest on Robert Mugabe. He is a key figure of the radical gay-rights non-violent direct action group OutRage! He is someone that even the Daily Mail recognises as ‘an example to us all.’
But what about the Peter Tatchell that is a fan of Tinie Tempah and ‘loves’ Chris Brown’s music? Or the Peter Tatchell that partied at Heaven in the 80s? We don’t hear much about him. I sat down to find out more about the man that listens to Whitney Houston and considers both Madonna and Britney to be in his ‘good books.’
We also discussed how he believed Whitney was having a relationship with her best friend Robyn, the times he has feared for his life and how he wouldn’t be surprised if Louis Smith eventually came out.
Peter, you’ve accomplished so much already and been in some pretty precarious situations. What has been the scariest moment of your life so far? Well there have been two. One was being beaten by Robert Mugabe’s bodyguards in Brussels in 2001. The second was being badly beaten by neo-nazis in Moscow in 2007. During both attacks I thought ‘Am I going to make it out alive?’ It was terrifying. Those two attacks have left me with minor brain and eye injuries. I have got problems with my co-ordination, balance, concentration and memory. Plus the sight in my right eye has been quite severely damaged. It doesn’t stop me campaigning or living my life but I am slower. It’s more of a struggle than it used to be. But I count myself lucky compared to LGBT activists in Iran, Russia or Zimbabwe. They are at risk of being arrested, tortured, jailed and perhaps even killed.