NEW VIDEO: Medellín in Amsterdam

The idea of making this video came after me sending my submission to the MTV contest to see Madonna in London today. Unfortunately, I wasn’t selected and I must confess I felt frustrated. I don’t think I am better than any other Madonna fan, but in the last 7 years my campaign has been an original way to show my love to her and to express myself and using my creativity to bring smile at least to me and my boyfriend.

I can tell you that this is the most beautiful video I ever made. Everything there is real, is LOVE. So, I was really sad and my boyfriend came to me asking me to iron 2 white shirts so we could record a beautiful video in a professional way. The whole video was recorded this weekend. We started when we woke up, dancing unpretentiously. So I decided to wear my “uniform”,  my I WILL MEET MADONNA t-shirt and started to rehearse with my boyfriend at the terrace in front of my room (that actually looks like a tropical jungle, a bit Medellín :). Those footage shouldn’t be in the video. Initially, I thought in just using the footage from Museumplein, here in Amsterdam, where I live for the last 8 years.

After recording 4 times, and sometimes even feeling embarrassed because he couldn’t be able to dance as good as he would like, my boyfriend got a bit upset. I told him, that me, myself, I am a terrible dancer. And everybody reacts with surprise for this statement, because I was born in Brazil. I know I can’t dance. But I love to dance! And I love to dance with Daniel, just ignoring the rest of the world and going deep in our love.

This video is also a manifest against this outrageous law in Brunei for stoning gays to death. I feel blessed and lucky to be Dutch (I’m not Brazilian anymore – that country is a hell for gay people, especially with this homophobic president), so I can be myself here. I can hold the hands of my boyfriend without shocking people. And at any time, I can dance on a bridge with him. Here “I took a trip, it set me free”.  And finally “forgave myself for being me”.

 

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Where is Madame X going next?

The Madame X era has finally begun! I must confess that I was a bit scared of Madonna following somehow the trend and going for reggaeton, especially after it was announced that “Medellín” would be the first single.

So I opened my heart and forgot about everything that Maluma has made so far (I like Sim ou Não with Anitta and Chantaje with Shakira, though) and waited the whole 17th until 6pm to hear “Medellín”.

I love the song! It has some Ray of Light vibes and I love Madonna’s voice. AND it is a MADONNA song. Sorry Maluma, but you are a feat.

Some minutes its release, Madonna.com launched a contest to see Medellín’s premiere in London. I must confess that I sort of freaked out, because I should be quick and come with something creative. Guys, I never made a video that quick. Madonna is time to meet you after 7 years and 47 videos. Time to cha cha cha together with me!

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New video to celebrate 7th year of campaign!

Now it’s time to celebrate the 7th year of my campaign. If seven is a lucky number, I hope that I can finally have a proper meeting with Madonna. And to celebrate in the best way, I give you this gift: my 46th video! It has been one of the most difficult videos that I’ve ever made. And I speak from experience1: I’ve been through trouble at the Vatican, Wailing Wall, Red Light District, while paragliding, with a tiger in Thailand… even getting stoned for the first time! But this one was really hard because I couldn’t even hold my boyfriend’s hand while I was with him in Marrakesh.

Article 489 of the Penal Code of Morocco criminalises “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex”. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Morocco and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years’ imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1,200 dirhams. In total, 72 countries and territories worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed. There are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence, according to an annual report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

Is it a crime to love? Was I being a criminal for loving my boyfriend? And the funny thing is that I saw lots of straight men holding hands and hugging each other, but this was allowed because is a demonstration of fraternity between straight people. And what about a demonstration of love?

The problem is not just with muslim societies. Everywhere religion has a huge influence has these kinds of issues. I am Dutch, but I was born in Brazil. If I hold my boyfriend’s hand in Brazil or kiss him in a public space, I will be watched with disgusted faces, or in some places can be attacked or even killed. This is the reality: Brazil is reported to have the highest LGBT murder rate in the world, with more than 380 murders in 2017 alone, an increase of 30% compared to 2016.

I thank my boyfriend Daniel for the love and support. Actually he was the one who asked me to be part of my video. And this was the best, because every little demonstration of love in this video was real. I thank my sister, who was great again, after being an amazing guest on my “Frozen” video. I also thank Diego, who played “Isaac” marrying me and Daniel. Diego is also a Madonna fan and can be seen in lots of videos of this campaign: Dress You UP, Love Spent, Papa don’t preach, Sorry and Deeper and Deeper.

Finally, I thank Eugenio (Diego’s husband) for his patience and also for being one of the witnesses of my wedding in the video. And of course special thanks to my unicorn witness, my friend and roommate Phil 🙂

Coming back to the video, my sister represents the Snake, the Temptation, the one who calls me to the Forbidden, according to the Bible or in this case to the Koran. You can see me running away and being chased, because I’m a criminal for being gay. But mostly you can see the celebration of love, despite any kind of punishment or condemnation.

In the end, God is (and has always been) LOVE! Amen!

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Madonna Snapchat Craziness

If you follow Madonna on Instagram, you’ve probably have seen her playing with lots of snapchat filters. Some fans react that she is becoming childish on doing this. But, come on “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” We all love to play with those filters and see the crazy effects they make on our face and voice.

That’s why I decided to make my most recent video with a compilation of some of my favourite Madonna songs using Snapchat filters. I tried to find for every chosen song the best convenient filter and the result is what you can see above.

And I don’t give up! Next year, it’s going to be the seventh year of my campaign that up to now counts 45 videos. I am already producing at least 2 new videos and I can’t wait to share the Final Cut with you.

In the meantime, you can also follow me on Instagram, where I publish never seen footage, uncut videos and pictures with Madonna team and fans. And if you haven’t liked my Facebook page, please do it too 🙂

Finally, my channel on Youtube is the main source of videos (only my version for Heartbeat is blocked there, but you can check it on Vimeo).

Merry Christmas and I wish a 2019 full of health, joy and happiness!

Fábio

#iwillmeetmadonna

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Happy New Year! Happy New Video!

Happy New Year to everyone! After almost one year without posting a video, I finally managed to post this video that took me 1 year and half to be done. My idea was to assemble all bullfighter themed Madonna videos in one and it happens to be also a mix of my favorite songs 🙂

This was not my first social experiment video but it was indeed one of the most difficult ones. In that summer day in Madrid, the temperature was reaching almost 40ºC (or 104ºF) and I was without shoes most of the time (only with black socks). However, the heat was not the biggest problem: most of the people were refusing my roses because they thought that I was a bullfighting supporter. And I’m not at all!!!

This video was my way to, at the same time, spread love and criticize bullfighting. I was a “lovefighter” and in the end of the video you can also see the reason it took me so long to post a new video – last year was the year I finally discovered real love 🙂

So now I was more inspired to publish it, also to celebrate today the 9 months I’ve been together with my love 🙂

I just hope you can love this video as I do.

About bullfighting:

Each year, thousands of bulls are barbarically slaughtered in bullrings around the world. Over the centuries, bullfighters have found countless ways to rig the “fight” in their favor. Bulls have been weakened with drugs or by having sandbags dropped on their backs. Their horns have been shaved to keep them off balance, or petroleum jelly has been rubbed into their eyes to impair their vision.

Never attend a bullfight or any other attraction that neglects animal welfare. The bullfighting industry relies heavily on financial support from curious tourists – don’t be one of them.

More info:

http://www.stopbullfighting.org.uk/
http://peta.org
http://www.worldanimalprotection.org/

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Borderline With Friends

OK, I know that every new video I post I say that it took several months to be finished. Regarding this one, it wouldn’t be different. I recorded it during the months of June and July of last year in Budapest, Croatia and Holland. But I was waiting the right moment to publish it. So it’s now.

This video reflects freedom for me. And also that with all the mess, war, and TRUMP, we can still manage to stand by for who we are, to be happy. I would say that it’s more than an Anti-Trump video, it’s a celebration of love, freedom, friendship and live.

All of those guys you see dancing with me in the video are either my friends or work colleagues. Some of them are really, really shy and I never thought that they could accept to be part of it. But they did. Because they just don’t believe that I WILL MEET MADONNA, but they wanted to release all the stress from the day to day routine. They wanted to celebrate life with me. They wanted to have a good time.

X-tra special thanks to Niels, with his High Heels, Melanie, Richard, Ianis, Alex, Danica, Maaike, Oriol, Cristina, Alvaro.

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Strike a Pose Deeper and Deeper

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Dreams come true! I never thought in my life that I could vogue with the original Blond Ambition and Vogue dancers. This video is really deep, indeed 🙂 And it gets deeper and deeper when it has also special cameos of my superstar drag queen cat, my mother (“Mama told me…”) and my good friends Lylian and Diego. And also the big fan and Madonna impersonator, my dutch friend Diana!

I managed to meet the dancers when they came to Amsterdam for the premiere of “Strike a Pose”. On the day before, I was lucky enough to be part of a dance workshop with Salim Gauwloos and Jose Gutierez. Thanks to my friend Diego Giuliarini who made me a surprise and gave it to me as birthday gift 🙂

The funny thing is that everybody who participated of the workshop were professional dancers…and me…just watch the video and have your conclusions.

Coming back to the amazing “Strike a Pose” documentary, after its premiere we were invited to an after party where we had the opportunity to interact more with the guys and VOGUE!

It was also really nice to assemble footage recorded in Brazil (with my cat), Amsterdam, Prague and Pisa.

Madonna, you MUST see this video…and meet me afterwards…

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