Pop Culture

Stop criticizing Olivia Wilde over Harry Styles

Between his androgynous style and ambiguous song lyrics, Harry Styles has always been known as a rule-bender. Recently, however, Styles has gained acclaim for bending a whole new set of rules: those of a younger man dating an older woman.Continue...

We need more nuanced representations of Muslim women

Whenever we talk about representation of a minority group, we always talk about how to do it ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ It’s no different for Muslim characters—we need them to be perfectly imperfect.Continue...

Snapchat Spotlight gives TikTok a run for their money

In the 2010s, Snapchat was one of the defining social media platforms. Popularizing filters, stories, and streaks, Snapchat quickly grew to be one of the favourite social media apps for teens and young adults.Continue...

Justin Timberlake’s Queer ‘allyship’ strips ally of its meaning

Apparently, Justin Timberlake is a Queer ally—who knew?Continue...

Men: Please watch ‘Promising Young Woman’

Promising Young Woman is deeply controversial. I can recognize why: it’s problematic, even dangerous, and has the potential to be deeply triggering for survivors of sexual violence. Still—it’s a triumph.Continue...

Jojo Siwa’s coming-out story is important for children to see

For a long time, I had no idea what JoJo Siwa was famous for. When I heard her name, the images that would spring to mind were over-exaggerated hair bows, pink Converse high tops, and an over-abundance of glitter. This past week, however, she’s stuck in my mind as the happiest celebrity to come out.Continue...

‘Euphoria’s special episodes are beautifully unnecessary

When Euphoria announced two unexpected special episodes last November, there wasn’t much indication of what those episodes would look like.Continue...

‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ does too much with too little

With a mere six-episode season, Fate: The Winx Saga —a teen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s hit Winx Club series—already lacked the space to do much with the vast world it inherited from its predecessor. While it uses the rich Winx world to its advantage, Fate tries to do too much with the little it has.Continue...

‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,’ the production of all our dreams

When the pandemic caused theatre doors to close last year, musical theatre didn’t immediately find its footing in the online world. Fair enough—its appeal draws from the raw power of a live performance and booming applause. By the end of 2020, however, a new recipe for the musical had emerged, and Ratatouille was the final dish.Continue...

‘The Crown’ brilliantly portrays the decline of the British monarchy

I swore I would never be one of those people who watched The Crown . From the outside, it seemed like another series about the uptight British monarchy, layered with dry political humour and hidden history lessons in every episode.Continue...

Stick with ‘WandaVision’—it’s headed places

It’s easy to fall in love with the tried-and-true format that has made Marvel movies so successful and reject anything straying from that formula, but WandaVision is a good reason to keep an open mind.Continue...

The sole problem with ‘Soul’

Disney and Pixar’s Soul could be a perfect knockout, but it plays things too safe.Continue...

What’s the deal with Squishmallows?

In 2017, Squishmallows, a new line of soft toys by Kellytoy, hit the shelves. Only four years later, you’d be hard pressed to find a young person without one somewhere in their bedroom.Continue...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ doesn’t properly depict addiction

While stylish and bingeable, Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit fails to portray an authentic struggle with addiction.Continue...

‘Fresh Prince’ reunion reveals the emotional journey behind the iconic sitcom

’90s Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of my first real crushes: there was something about the way he lit up a room wearing baggy shorts and a ridiculous pattern that somehow looked good, and the way booming voice made everyone, including my parents, genuinely laugh.Continue...

Travesty in the ‘Ton: ‘Bridgerton’ slips up

Without holiday plans to look forward to and with the incoming frost chasing us all indoors for good, I entered a lull in November—then the Bridgerton trailer dropped.Continue...

‘You’ and ‘Barry’ are quiet commentaries on white male privilege

Joe Goldberg, the protagonist of the television show You , and Barry Berkman, the titular character from HBO’s Barry , have a lot in common: they both want nothing more than to fit in and feel loved, they’re both striving to become better people, and they’re both self-centred killers.Continue...

Harry Styles’ ‘Vogue’ cover isn’t a threat to masculinity

If you opened Instagram on Nov. 13, you likely saw images of Harry Styles shared across your friends’ stories.Continue...

‘Supernatural’ shouldn’t have buried its only gay lead

If you’re a fan of Supernatural , you might be feeling down for two reasons: last night’s series finale, and the show’s disappointing execution of its final bid for positive queer representation.Continue...

The rise of the virtual concert

The year 2020 has been the year of cancelled events. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of concerts, festivals, and tours have been cancelled or postponed. With touring being the largest source of income for the world’s most famous artists, it makes sense that fans wouldn’t be the only ones disappointed.Continue...

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