Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song "Tonya Harding"

Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song

Sufjan goes on to explain how the song has been years in the making, but he ultimately refrained from keeping the "puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs" from his earlier drafts of the song because he "began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this odd and magnificent America hero".

Sebastian Stan, who plays Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly in the film, told PEOPLE on the red carpet that he wasn't sure how to approach Harding.

The song arrives just in time for the release of the Margot Robbie-starring biopic I, Tonya (though the song has no official affiliation with the movie).

Tonya Harding joined Margot Robbie, who portrays her in I, Tonya, at the premiere in L.A. on Tuesday, December 5. "She's a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so odd, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American".


Margot Robbie and Tonya Harding are friendship goals! In January 1994, Tonya's then-boyfriend Jeff Gillooly hired an assailant, Shane Stant, to break fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's leg at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Cobo Arena in Detroit, so that she would be unable to compete at the upcoming Winter Olympics. As for Harding? - The U.S. Figure Skating Association banned her for life from skating.

Weeks after the attack, Kerrigan went on to win a silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics. Stevens has written an essay about the song and Harding, which is here. "I thought I was going to meet her to placate her, but really she was more anxious about me-how I was doing with the ice-skating, how I was doing with the fame at a young age".

Tonya and Margot met during filming - the skater gave the actress a few tips.

"I got my initial ideas while walking around at night on the set of Gotham", Elfman previously said of his inspiration for the film's score.

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