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Thunder Perfect Pam
Last night I dreamed I was watching Madonna cast as a bumbling Southern ingénue in a guest role on a bad sitcom. It wasn’t actually Madonna, it was Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Pam on TrueBlood. I didn’t realize this until I woke up. In the dream world, I kept thinking, “I’ve never liked Madonna this much!”
So Kristin/Pam as Madonna as clueless Southern girl in the big city is cast into repeated set-ups to make her look the fool. She sidesteps every one, captivating the live audience and stealing the show, clearly more than the producers intended.
But it isn’t like she’s zinging back cheesy one-liners. Buddha-like, she’s offering koans to the initiated, if not messages from another dimension. The more they tried to denigrate her, the more she was the Goddess.
Her final riposte to an increasingly panicked cast and crew: “Humankind has not yet achieved its most elevated state.”
The audience cheered. And she disappeared out the fake door at the end of the hallway.