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This week on my column, I reprise my title as a "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" fan as I write my second article on the show, discussing its most recent episode: “He Said, She Said.” Written by Lang Fisher and serving as cast member Stephanie Beatriz’s directorial debut, the eighth episode of the sixth season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — its first season since being saved from cancellation by NBC — took on the daunting task of tackling #MeToo through the lens of a female New York Police Department (NYPD) detective without sacrificing the comedy.
The most overwhelming sentiment regarding the 2020 Democratic primary is simple: Anyone who can beat President Donald J. Trump. Electability has largely been the metric with which we have been judging the growing number of presidential candidates.
I want to start by saying that I am not really a fan of 21 Savage’s music. It is just not my thing. And yet, 21 Savage’s detainment by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is something that absolutely everyone should be paying attention to, regardless of whether we find “Bank Account” to be poetically appealing. Because of the incident's unexpected addition to our growingly ridiculous news cycles, it is quite easy to delegitimize it altogether. The musical artist has been misrepresenting himself as an Atlanta native. The memes about it are funny, even Demi Lovato said so.
Aaron Sorkin created and wrote much of the most popular TV show among young liberals who idealize government (myself included), “The West Wing." It is a brilliant 26-Emmy-winning political drama that respects and romanticizes liberalism and the government, but more specifically, the institution of the presidency. Centered on President Josiah Bartlet and his loyal senior staff, “The West Wing” dares to be aspirational and inspirational, envisioning a democratic presidential administration that truly strives to do big, ambitious and idealistic things in the face of what may seem like insurmountable odds. In every episode, I have been moved by the portrayal of love and passion cultivated for our collective American ideals and system of law and justice.
On the Nov. 3 episode of the famed skit comedy show "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.
We elected a billionaire misogynist and our democracy is at risk, but apparently, the greatest motivator to vote is a long Instagram caption penned by controversial pop star Taylor Swift.
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.
Hasan Minhaj’s 2017 comedy special, "Homecoming King," has made me tear up on multiple occasions.
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?
One year at my high school, a couple of kids in my grade came to school dressed up in flannels and boots as “school shooters” for Halloween. It was not funny … just heartbreakingly insensitive. Even though those students were immediately chastised by our school administration, the wild inconsideration displayed by such an instance still makes me think.
Among many of the hashtags that President Donald J. 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" First Lady Melania Trump as a rallying cry. Journalists feel compelled to hyper-analyze all of her body movements and slightest facial expressions to diagnose her with Stockholm Syndrome. There is an overwhelming urge to believe that the first lady is suffering, held prisoner by her husband. For years, the first lady has been reaping the benefits of her marriage to a real estate mogul and celebrity. Yet, we still insist she is a victim even when she has explicitly commanded people to not feel sorry for her. Why are we making excuses for a woman who has never shown sympathy to those her husband has torn down?
Like all social revolutions, although 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 another'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 sufacing 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 sexual assault accusation she filed against "Girls" writer Murray Miller when she was only 17 years old.
People do not really talk about education. Education is something widely discussed only in the realm of teachers’ unions and public policy, but beyond that, the fact is this: education just is not sexy enough for a headline. There just is not enough scandal or intrigue. Well, perhaps it is time to rethink this notion.
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. Of course, there are people who deliberately use blackface to enforce a racial stereotype in an incredibly insensitive manner, but the truth is that most of the celebrities we attack on Twitter or our own peers that we see at parties are never truly seeking to be offensive. They are not specifically using blackface to mimic the blackface that was offensively used in early Europe minstrel shows to act out “stereotypically crude, black behavior.” They are not explicitly racist.
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. But that sob story about brown identity has been told time and time again, with no real results until very recently. This year seems to be the eruption of South Asian talent, as Hasan Minhaj took the stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Priyanka Chopra’s breaks out into Hollywood with "Quantico" and, most recently, Riz Ahmed becomes the first South Asian to win an Emmy Award for acting. However, with this forthcoming of representation, there has been controversy as to whether all of the representation is purely positive and progressive.
Before I wrote this piece, I thought to myself, "Does the world really need another article about this? Is this topic overdone?"