Sufjan Stevens - "Tonya Harding"


Sufjan Stevens -

He adds that his song is unrelated to the upcoming biopic I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie: "I sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn't find a way to use it", the musician noted in a blog post. She was subsequently banned from the sport for life after pleading guilty to hindering authorities' investigation into the incident. "But the more I became Tonya, the more I saw things from her point of view".

Despite being clubbed in the knee, Kerrigan, 48, eventually recovered and ended up winning a silver medal at the Olympics. That's a lot to accomplish before the age of 30!

While Robbie and Harding looked perfectly cozy, her co-stars didn't know how to approach the polarizing skater. But she was also simply un-categorical: "American's sweetheart with a dark twist", he wrote. But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest.

Above, listen to one version of "Tonya Harding", set to footage of her 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships performance, and read Stevens' full essay here. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend.

I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs-sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. The actress previously opened up to W about the fascinating experience of meeting Harding for the first time before I, Tonya began filming, which she felt was integral to fully understanding her essence and character. She did that and more. She recently said: "Ever since we got the company up and running, I was like: 'We need to work with young directors, first- and second-time directors - male or female; we need to work with female writers, directors, actresses, obviously, and Aussies wherever possible".