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The pop star’s return is full of visceral disses, but it’s not clear whether she’s playing a role or being herself
In professional wrestling – the dramatics and bluster of which have come to if not define culture in 2017, at least strongly mirror it – the “heel turn” is the moment when the hero turns their gaze to the dark side; when they embrace their worst impulses and plunge into full-on villainy.
It is an opportunity for the former saints to engage in sneaky moves and give scorched-earth speeches. Even more importantly, it is a chance for the audience to indulge in their impulses towards white-hot fury, which at times can seem exponentially more powerful than adulation.