Pop Culture

The perfect simplicity of Living with Yourself

We see a new side to Paul Rudd in the new Netflix series Living with Yourself .Continue...

Film studios shouldn’t profit off dead stars

For someone who died in 1994, legendary British actor Peter Cushing did a remarkable job reprising his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in 2016’s Rogue One . But, of course, it wasn’t really him.Continue...

Breaking down the blood-pumping allure of Twilight

This month marks the anniversary of the film Twilight ’s release more than 10 years ago, which sent the world into a frenzy.Continue...

Season four of Riverdale is starting off exactly as you’d expect

Riverdale kicked off its fourth season on Oct. 9 with a new but classically confusing plot, the same hyper-sexualized teenage characters, and all of its general ridiculousness.Continue...

NBA decides its financial interests outrank Hong Kong’s freedom

According to basketball legend LeBron James, Houston Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey, was "misinformed” when he weighed in on the Hong Kong protests on Twitter, showing support for the Hong Kong freedom fighters.Continue...

Netflix should be held accountable for ingenuine commitments to diverse TV

With evidence showing diversity attracts bigger audiences and greater profit, it’s unsurprising TV has recently been overwhelmed with voices that have traditionally been silenced. It’s also no surprise that, in recent months, Netflix—the streaming giant and production company—has advertised itself as a platform for diverse storytelling.Continue...

Hysteria over the Joker movie is unjustified

Before the new Joker film was released on Oct. 4, critics feared the filmmakers’ choice to sympathetically portray Arthur Fleck, the character who would become DC Comics villain Joker, would inspire real-life loners to carry out mass shootings at screenings of the movieor elsewhere.Continue...

Why we should know Chanel Miller’s name

In 2016, BuzzFeed published the victim impact statement of a sexual violence survivor known then as either the “Stanford victim” or “Emily Doe.”Continue...

Tabloids need to leave Meghan Markle alone

While it’s common to see gossip stories about the British royal family, one royal couple has recently accused some publications of taking things too far.Continue...

Why Joker has been deemed dangerous by critics

Though it’s not uncommon for films to receive heavy criticism following their release, DC Entertainment’s newest blockbuster, Joker , has generated an unprecedented amount of controversy.Continue...

Identity shapes values, making the political personal

Election season in an (unofficially) two-party democracy is always nerve-wracking. The argument constantly resurfaces over which party leader is stronger, or even the lesser of two evils.Continue...

The one where we reminisce about Friends

Whether you’ve watched every episode of Friends multiple times or just know when to clap during the theme song, there’s no question as to the show’s ongoing cultural importance.Continue...

Jonathan Van Ness shows us HIV status is no longer something to hide

This September, Jonathan Van Ness disclosed his HIV-positive status in an interview with the New York Times . This revelation came in advance of the hairstylist and Queer Eye cast member’s new book , Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love .Continue...

Interracial relationships in the media fail to celebrate women of colour

Across North American TV and film, a prevailing theme proves everyone has the right to love who they want, regardless of race.Continue...

Bachelor in Paradise's history-making match

Bachelor in Paradise had its sixth season finale last week, and it was mostly business as usual onscreen: steamy Fantasy Suite visits, dramatic fights in the sand, and unnecessarily long reunion scenes.Continue...

Bianca Andreescu’s US Open title is one for Canadian history books

This September, Mississauga-born Bianca Andreescu won the US Open against veteran tennis star Serena Williams.Continue...

What Trump's proposed ban on flavoured vaping products should mean for Canadians

I still remember when a big vape cloud descended over my high school.Continue...

Unbelievable shows what empathetic sexual violence response looks like

While Netflix offers a vast selection of crime dramas to binge watch, Unbelievable is unlike any other.Continue...

What the Felicity Huffman admissions scandal reveals about privilege in the education system

I grew up in Oakville, Ontario, a city ranked the best place to live in Canada in 2018. My high school had Smartboards, laptops, tablets, and all the rest. But most importantly, my teachers and counselors gave me the confidence and the tools to make it to Queen’s, launching me on a path toward a successful life and career.Continue...

Why Netflix's Tall Girl didn't need to be made

Netflix’s latest teen rom-com Tall Girl attempts to chronicle the process of overcoming an insecurity—but doesn’t quite make it work.Continue...

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