Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer (2018)
June 3, 2019 6:49 AM - Subscribe

An Android, Jane 57821, attempts to break free from the constraints of a totalitarian society that forcibly makes Jane comply with its homophobic beliefs.

Dirty Computer is nominated in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category for the Hugo Awards.
posted by dinty_moore (5 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by dinty_moore at 6:50 AM on June 3, 2019

The album IMO is a superlative feminist, queer, and black manifesto that directly addresses and develops a response to our current political situation. The chorus that opens "Americans" brings me to tears just writing about it. On the video work, I'd give my left arm to live within the queer spaces she imagines. But the story felt a bit stretched to cover all the personal expressions of rage, frustration, joy, and hope that fills the album.
posted by GenderNullPointerException at 9:15 AM on June 3, 2019 [8 favorites]

“I don’t know what this is. Doesn’t even look like a memory. What is that, is that a dream?”
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 10:19 AM on June 7, 2019 [2 favorites]

This is kind of the most shallow possible thing to say about this collection, but it was a great watch while at the gym. Also I love Monae's optimism from within dystopia.
posted by latkes at 4:27 PM on June 16, 2019 [3 favorites]

some how only just learned this was a thing last night. it was so cool!! I love the music but the art direction, costumes, choreography etc., and the story itself. I already want to watch it again!
posted by supermedusa at 10:48 AM on October 10, 2020

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