Pop Culture

'West Side Story' rights some wrongs, but not nearly enough

Back in 2017, I ran down the stairs excited to tell my parents a West Side Story remake had been announced. My dad, who exclusively watched Bangladeshi soap operas and American true crime, had no idea what I was talking about.Continue...

Remembering Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

I used to go to this day camp in the summer. It had a tube slide, but I never slid down—I climbed up. I would climb and climb, pretending I was Spider-Man. When my mom came and picked me up at the end of each day, I told her I was Spider-Man and I believed it was true.Continue...

Adele’s ‘30’ is an album I can listen to with my mom

30 reminds me of why I fell in love with Adele in the first place.Continue...

The Astroworld festival disaster is a cautionary tale

Nobody involved with the Astroworld festival disaster is innocent.Continue...

Let’s appreciate Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s relationship

Megan Fox is no stranger to mainstream media.Continue...

‘The Activist’ was rightfully cancelled

When I first heard about the launch of a new show called The Activist, I thought it was a joke. Within days of the hosts being announced, a swift firestorm of backlash was catalyzed, and CBS decided to reconfigure the proposed show into a one-time documentary special.Continue...

‘Never Have I Ever’ charms viewers with more nuanced representation in season two

In the second season of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, impulsive and charming main character Devi Vishwakumar shines, and the ground-breaking Indian American representation that captured our hearts becomes more nuanced.Continue...

Too Hot to Handle’s new season signals our generation’s inability to connect emotionally

Too Hot to Handle ( THTH) strikes back with a new scandalous, sizzling group of contestants once again challenged with fostering emotional connections that go beyond abs and boobs—ooh-la-la.Continue...

Breaking down Britney Spears’ confining conservatorship case

Britney Spears hasn’t held control over her own life since 2008.Continue...

Kehlani has created space for fluid, authentic queerness in the R&B world

When I first heard Kehlani’s “Nights Like This,” I immediately noticed the subtle hints that she was singing about a woman. It was the bridge that piqued my interest, when Kehlani sings, “You gon...Continue...

Embracing queer contestants makes for better reality TV

Shows like Too Hot to Handle , The Bachelor , and Love is Blind are inherently spectacles, but their representation—or lack thereof—impacts the way we perceive queer relationships, especially if shows reinforce damaging stereotypes surrounding the LGBTQ2S+ community.Continue...

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ is a beautiful, angsty rollercoaster

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album Sour dropped four months after the release of her hit single, “Drivers License,” and it’s exactly the angsty, angry, and vulnerable experience we didn’t sign up for but undoubtedly needed.Continue...

Billie Eilish’s ‘Vogue’ cover is a celebration of individual expression

A mere six minutes after Billie Eilish posted her cover of British Vogue to Instagram, the image surpassed one million likes.Continue...

Why Paris Hilton is #BreakingCodeSilence

Back in September of 2020, Paris Hilton’s YouTube documentary, This is Paris , gave viewers an inside look at what life is really like for the Hilton heiress. The documentary focused mainly on her movement to speak out against the Troubled Teen Industry, using her platform to bring more awareness to the abuse that happens within the institutions that make up the industry.Continue...

Lil Nas X just stole Christianity’s biggest weapon: fear

For most of my life, I was terrified of going to hell.Continue...

‘Zack Synder’s Justice League’ deserves its second chance

Zack Synder’s Justice League is a reminder that the good guys always win.Continue...

“OK, see you!”: Kim’s Convenience comes to an abrupt end after five seasons

The news that Kim’s Convenience will be ending early took many fans by surprise.Continue...

Is it time to say goodbye to the Grammys?

Like many events over the past year, the 2021 Grammy Awards looked very different—from COVID-19 restrictions to an increased appreciation for female artists, a lot had changed from years prior. Still, the Grammys weren’t different enough.Continue...

YouTubers: sexual assault isn’t a prank

To members of Generation Z, David Dobrik is a household name.Continue...

The magical optimism of children’s television

There comes a time in our lives when we feel we’re supposed to leave children’s media behind.Continue...

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