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On the Nov. 3 episode of the famed skit comedy Saturday Night Live (SNL), comedian Pete Davidson, in a series of light-hearted roasts, made a misstep. Prefacing his joke by noting that Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw had, “lost his eye in war or whatever.” Pete joked that the politician looked like “a hit man in a porno movie.”
The gunshots were harrowing. I was in a movie theater, safe and sound. I knew that it was going to happen, too. I had seen it in the trailer. And still, the gunshots made my heart beat faster and my back straighten in alarm. I knew the cop was going to shoot the funny, cute, innocent, unarmed Black boy the movie had just introduced. I still cried.
In less than 48 hours after Swift broke her staunchly “apolitical” streak to endorse the Democratic candidates in Tennessee in a message to her Instagram followers, more than 169,000 people registered to vote. On the other hand, vote.org’s non-partisan effort to promote voting only added 56,669 new voters in all of August. The difference is damning.
I have to start with an important disclaimer that this article is likely to spoil some aspects of "BoJack Horseman." If you have not already seen it, what are you waiting for? I have seen a lot of TV shows, and though I am by no means qualified to say this, "BoJack Horseman" is the most poignant and thought-provoking piece of television there is.
On Sept. 28, Minhaj will bring his new stand-up show, "Before the Storm," to Rutgers. At this diverse university with a growing minority population, Minhaj’s comedy will be particularly powerful and personal. As a person of color, I have always found that seeing someone that looks like you onscreen is a viscerally intimate feeling. There is something about being visibly different that can be terrifying. Minhaj is a part of the movement to showcase and normalize South Asian talent in the mainstream, and make being different a little less terrifying.
No one has a neutral opinion on the Kardashians. They are an American staple. Whether you love, hate or love to hate them, you know who they are. No one is truly proud to be interested in the Kardashians’ lives, but it is hard not to be, considering they dominate almost every news cycle with one controversy or another. And because they are such an unstoppable, unforgettable force, they seem almost untouchable.
Television is revolutionary. For many of us, it is mostly a mechanism to procrastinate and hate yourself afterward, but the truth is, much of the content we devour is through television, making it a cornerstone of our culture that is vital to analyze. In a world where headlines are increasingly disparaging, sitcoms are the heart of the people.
In 2018, the prestigious Academy Awards turns 90 years old. Why do we still consider an institution as ancient as the Oscars the truest measurement of a film’s artistic brilliance?
As an age-old film institution, an Oscar has generally been the mark of a successful film or actor. But, the Academy Awards are also widely recognized as the bullhorn for a pretentious parade of film critics who have never been quick to celebrate diversity or films that are popularly enjoyed beyond just critical acclaim. Ninety years later, it is simply a microcosm for what is wrong with the film industry as a whole.
Amongst many of the hashtags that Donald Trump’s administration has started is one of questionable legitimacy: #FreeMelania. Somehow, within the midst of the women’s march, a movement to empower women, many progressive men and women chose to use the ‘powerless’ Melania Trump as a rallying cry. Journalists feel compelled to hyper-analyze all of her body movements and slightest facial expressions to diagnose her Stockholm Syndrome.
Like all social revolutions, while the #MeToo movement has garnered great support, it still succumbs to great controversy. While this bold stance against sexual assault perpetrated by famous, untouchable figures is admirable, it also calls into question how to deal with sexual misconduct allegations when the most that can oftentimes be done is unfairly pit one person’s words against the other’s. The #MeToo story is one of female empowerment, but could it also be a story of a story that, in retrospect, can be compared to the Salem Witch Trials? With new allegations erupting daily, the #MeToo movement is at the precipice of mutation, which can be detrimental to its legacy.
On Aug. 4, Lena Dunham tweeted — “Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.” But in the midst of the bold and brave #MeToo movement, Dunham accused actress Aurora Perrineau of lying about the rape accusation she filed against "Girls" writer Murray Miller when she was only 17 years old.
Whenever Halloween comes around, I have an incredibly distinctive fear that I will see someone complete their elaborate "Orange is the New Black" costume with blackface, like Julianne Hough did in 2013, or a costume idea unintentionally hinting at blackface, like Lili Reinhart’s recent tweet about dressing as a demon painted in black.
Historically, the representation of South Asians in the media has been dismal. Growing up, my only role model was Princess Jasmine, simply because her skin color had the slightest resemblance to my own Indian skin.
Before I wrote this piece, I thought to myself, "Does the world really need another article about this?
In 11th grade English, my teacher — an incredibly intelligent white woman, who seems like she has seen the entire world and then some — told us a story about the first time she had ever seen a black boy.