Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Atrios Hearts Lola
I have this conversation with my kid occasionally when the song is on. It's a catchy song, but the lyrics are not opaque if preteens are like, "Wait, what?". The song is happy and non-judgemental--the world is fucked and the narrator may or may not be able to cross that line, but Lola is perfect and just as she should be. That's fucking transgressive for ignorant suburban white teenage boys with knee-jerk homophobia as a default setting. "Lola" is a comedy, but it's a tender and honest one, kind, respectful, wistful, not cruel at all.