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Sufjan Stevens Has Released A Song & Essay Called 'Tonya Harding'

Illustration: Stephen Halker

He called her "America's sweetheart with a dark twist."

If you were wondering whether or not Sufjan Stevens had cemented his place as a queer icon of 2017, here's your answer: he has.

After scoring the really gay movie Call Me By Your Name with a soundtrack that has forced us to promise we will cry seven times a day for the remainder of the year, Stevens has now lent his musicality to another of our current faves. He just wrote a song called "Tonya Harding" about the infamously talented figure skater whose life story prompted the new (incredible) film I, Tonya.

The song comes accompanied by an essay about Steven's admiration for the figure skater. In it, he describes first seeing her skate at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and goes on to call her "a true American hero. In the face of outrage and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded again and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend."

Take a listen (and check out the single art by Stephen Halker) below:


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