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Tilda Swinton Honors David Bowie With Moving Speech: ‘The Freak Becomes the Great Unifier’

Tilda Swinton Honors David Bowie With Moving Speech: ‘The Freak Becomes the Great Unifier’

The actress writes an 840-word tribute to the legendary singer, which she delivers at the opening of the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Read the text in its entirety.


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Tilda Swinton delivered a beautiful and moving speech to open the "David Bowie Is" exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on March 20.

The actress appears in the video to Bowie’s latest single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," from his just-released album And while she doesn’t play his Doppelganger in the clip (that role is handled by Norwegian model Iselin Steiro), she revealed at the tribute that earlier in her life, she was regarded as "a freak who even looked a little like you." Bowie was not in attendance.

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Swinton noted that the museum had wanted a Bowie fan to speak, adding, "They could have thrown a paper napkin and hit a hundred. I’m the lucky one." The only instructions she received from the singer: that she include the word "testicular" in her address — which she did expertly.

Read the text of her speech in its entirety below:

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