And though each performer can be amusing and charming, that switch can be flipped quickly to deliver hard-hitting realism that does away with any chance of “I, Tonya” being confused with satire or camp.
I’m not as enamored of “I, Tonya” as many critics, but through its shrill humor at the expense of redneck stereotypes, I have an inkling of its popularity. “Unfortunately we reached an impasse today regarding how to treat the press in the future”.
“Obviously”, wrote Rosenberg, “it doesn’t work that way, and therefore I’ve chosen to terminate our business relationship”.
She explained that she hasn’t had time to see the Margot Robbie-led film.
“It makes you cringe, hearing it”, Harding told ABC News of the attack. “I don’t think the figure skating world embraced her or wanted her to succeed because they didn’t think she represented the kind of woman they wanted to represent the figure skating community, that they wanted to represent America”.
“I didn’t abuse any of my children”, she said. Harding pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution and was banned from competitive figure skating and stripped of her national title.
Kerrigan is not interested in discussing the past, either.
“I was the victim”.
Anyway, if you feel like crying you can read the whole thing here. ‘This world is a bitch, girl, ‘ I told her.
While speaking with ABC’s Amy Robach, Harding said she figured out her ex-husband and his buddy were behind the attack on Kerrigan.
Show of hands – how many remember Tonya Harding?
“He started acting amusing and I remember asking him, ‘What is going on?”
Harding has been down all her life, but she’s never been out – even turning to boxing in 2003 at sites like Tulsa’s Creek Nation Gaming Center, a moment briefly depicted in the film.
“I, Tonya” treats Kerrigan as comic relief; the movie crowd burst out laughing for Kerrigan’s brief appearances on screen but my stomach was turning.
Did she want to comment on the movie?
I, Tonya looks back at Harding’s life and rivalry with former teammate Kerrigan.
“It popped in my head [that Gillooly and Eckardt were involved]”, she said.
But Golden rejected those claims. Golden hits her daughter repeatedly, withholds bathroom breaks, hires a heckler to fire her up, and, yes, throws a steak knife at her, striking her in the arm. “I think many people are victims every day, people need to stand up for themselves, that abuse shouldn’t be happening anymore”. “Absolutely, positively you [have] got to show them right from wrong”.
Golden admitted to using a hairbrush to “spank” Harding at a competition, but denied she was habitually abusive toward Harding.
That superficial sheen is at least somewhat appropriate, however: Figure skating is, after all, built on the immaculate artifice of routine and “I, Tonya” hinges on the foul-mouthed, dirt poor Harding’s seemingly endless struggle to present herself as the kind of family friendly ice princess judges award gold medals. Why, we never learn, but it’s clear from the start LaVona was a stage mother of the highest order. “We had a lovely new trailer”, Golden said. We both have wonderful lives. “I don’t want her anywhere near my son”, said Harding. The incident happened one month before the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.