Aguilera @ Her Strongest
I support Christina in all that she does. I also feel that her focus on nostalgic themes have steered her off course. It's okay to be reverent of the past, but not okay to stay in it. She was at her strongest when she released Stripped and there was a reason for that. It's because it came from HER. Not another artist, not another style, or period-- it was Christina. She tapped into her soulful, angry subconscious and the result was a profound body of work. She got so much grief for her image for a reason; I believe she was really on to something. I wish Christina would go back to that place and time. Go back to the issues of abuse and self-esteem. Her philosophies were so on point and, in a way, a healing revolution. She certainly helped me through a tremendously dark time; I wish she would go deeper. Wisdom doesn't truly come from nostalgia or a perfume label. It comes from the heart. I encourage Christina to return there. I think she is on the right track with "The Voice"--image isn't everything; it's ultimately what comes from within. Keep going Christina. Don't capitalize on the ideals of beauty. Don't sell yourself to a network to find the next superstar. So they can sing? Who are these people and what do they have to offer society?
So she messed up at the Superbowl? Her true fans knew her talent, so it didn't matter to them--so why was she trying to prove it to an audience that can't see a link between domestic violence and football anyway? Why does it have to be about glamour Christina? Do people who are different or differently-abled care about glamour? What is glamour to them? It's not about who is the best, and I'm getting tired of this theme as well. It's about how you can win over yourself, unconventionally, with what you've been given. She knows this! It's what her entire character is based on. She was taunted as a child for her gifts, slammed for being sexual as a woman. Christina reached out to people who were afraid of themselves. Her inspiration to stand up against the hate was monumental, but we still need to stand up to the hate. Hate is still breeding. People are still hating themselves, and they don't know it because they are being rewarded for loving their false sense of self. How can Christina mold herself into another persona to appeal those who are still suffering because of the misogynistic backlash? Men are still getting away with assault, rape and murder every day. In my city, a woman's body was discovered last week in a dumpster that had been set on fire. A month ago a man shot his wife and then himself at a Chick-fil-A. Something is still seriously not right with our view of ourselves and of women. We have a constant need to see other people fall, or to find the next best thing. Why? What have we forgotten? Who are we forgetting about? Ourselves? Others? Get off your Android and Ipad and dig deeper people!
Do blind people tweet? Could deaf people watch The Voice? Do cosmetics really mask a battered woman's face? How can we all come together if we are leaving things behind. This post may seem fragmented, but it is sincere. I believe Christina has what it takes to reinvent herself. It's not all about love, it's about love AND hate. We're forgetting about the hate. We can't help our enemies by loving them if they don't want to be loved. Hate needs to be confronted, challenged and channeled with our gifts and talents. We can love ourselves all we want but there will always be the shadow of the axe. Like "Axe" cologne for men. I believe in your power Christina. Don't let me down.