Desperately Seeking Susan [Entry 76]

The gross mental attitude of a people determines the generic cultures and even laws of a group of people and Africa is no different, it places a standard, a rule, a mental structure which must be followed by adherents but in the event of a dissent what would happen? You don’t have to answer because we know what becomes of us that is the misfits as we are so called for our audacity to “defy gravity” and stay in the air even when the rules have been set.

Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna. Set in New York, the plot involves the interaction between two women – a bored housewife and a bohemian drifter – linked by various announcements in the personal column of a newspaper.
Susan in this film was young, audacious and free, she did not need the opinions of others to validate her existence.

Susan for me is more than a character in a film; Susan is a place, the place if you like. It symbolizes that mental environment where we are free to say what we truly feel and express ourselves without the labels or themes that have been used to keep us in line like the chain gang. Susan is where we all want to be and I mean all of us; it is the totality of our truth with no restrictions no wonder ghandi said  ” I do not agree with what You say but I will fight to the death to defend your right to say it” so just because You don’t know, understand or You just don’t support the mental structures of others does not mean they can’t express themselves but the truth is we are crying for help, screaming with different voices to be seen for our truth hence it appears that we are all desperately seeking Susan more than ever before and until I find her give me whatever label you feel so inclined to use in understanding me.



This article was written by Clinton Mabilo; connect with him on IG here

19 thoughts on “Desperately Seeking Susan [Entry 76]

  1. A whimsical but optimistic tale of mistaken identity, it starred the Material Girl as the cheekily irresistible Susan, and turned Rosanna Arquette (repressed housewife Roberta) into a star. Well-done Clinton,this is beautiful


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