Pop Culture

The problem with gender reveals doesn’t stop at forest fires

On Canada’s West Coast, smoke from forest fires in California, Oregon, and Washington has drifted up north to create hazy skies and some of the worst air quality British Columbia has ever seen.Continue...

How the new Best Picture criteria fits into the Oscars’ diversity problem

In January 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of nominees for that year’s Oscars. In the four acting categories, all 20 nominations went to white actors.Continue...

If we’re tired of celebrities, what do we need award shows for?

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were streamed to our living rooms on Aug. 30. A socially distanced event that had been largely pre-taped, the award show was a new frontier for the entertainment industry in a pandemic-adapted world.Continue...

On ‘Indian Matchmaking,’ Sima Aunty knows best. Or does she?

Following its premiere on Netflix several weeks ago, Indian Matchmaking has remained a topic of conversation in and surrounding the South Asian community.Continue...

This September, let’s examine ‘simping’

You’ve probably heard of ‘cuffing season’: in the colder months, the desire to snuggle through the winter with a partner becomes hard to resist, and more and more of your friends start changing their relationship status from ‘single’ to ‘taken.’ Suddenly, your group of friends has diminished to you and that other girl who also has commitment issues and likes to watch The Bachelor .Continue...

‘The Umbrella Academy’ is back with a better apocalypse

The first season of The Umbrella Academy ended with the Hargreeves siblings hurling themselves through space and time in a desperate bid to save themselves—and the world—from a devastating apocalypse.Continue...

Don’t cancel ‘cancel culture’

Cancel culture, like anything else, shouldn’t be exempt from criticism. But in calling for it to disappear, writers are participating in the same trend they were so quick to denounce.Continue...

How COVID-19 has impacted entertainment

From the onset of the spread of COVID-19 into North America to now, there’s been a stark change in the way the entertainment industry operates.Continue...

The complexities of race and motherhood scorch the screen in Little Fires Everywhere

I binged all eight episodes of Little Fires Everywhere in two days and marveled at the intelligence and artistry of the show for weeks after.Continue...

Looking at recent posthumous rap albums: Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke

Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die dropped in July of this summer. Both works come after the deaths of their respective artists.Continue...

Call it what you want, “WAP” is overdue

“WAP,” the highly anticipated collaboration between Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, has set tongues wagging over its explicit lyrics and raunchy music video.Continue...

The conflicting sides of 'Hamilton'

The much-anticipated Disney+ release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit Hamilton landed in our living rooms amidst a confluence of global, political, and social justice movements.Continue...

Don’t roll the credits on the movie theatre experience

I saw Avengers: Endgame , the highest-grossing film of 2019, in a packed theatre. I'm a casual fan of the Marvel franchise, but I still remember the moment the audience burst into wild cheers when—spoiler alert—Captain America summoned Thor's hammer. It was hard not to be swept up in the excitement of the crowd that showed up that night, which was the whole reason I wanted to be there.Continue...

'365 Days' is alarming, not sexy

Have you been thinking about sitting down to watch 365 Days? My advice: don’t.Continue...

How police television shows contribute to 'copaganda'

Cop media wrongly idealizes the police, regardless of how diverse it gets.Continue...

The ups and downs of 13 Reasons Why’s queer representation

13 Reasons Why wrapped up its run a lot like it started: angering conservative parents and making headlines.Continue...

What we can learn about white celebrity activism from Lea Michele

The death of George Floyd has forced even the most privileged people to confront the realities and persistence of anti-Black racism.Continue...

Harry Potter and the anti-trans author

When authors reveal themselves to be problematic people, it’s difficult for fans of their works to know how they should proceed.

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The Half of It proves breaking down barriers doesn’t happen perfectly

Flawless storytelling and perfect writing isn’t where Netflix’s new film The Half of It draws its success. Its story carves a place for itself as a thoughtfully portrayed LGTBQ+ experience in the messy, dramatic, and sometimes clichéd world of coming-of-age movies.Continue...

How Animal Crossing: New Horizons is helping people through social distancing

For those of us who have been stuck at home for the past two months, the most recent addition to Nintendo’s classic Animal Crossing video game series couldn’t have launched at a better time.

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