Anjali Shah


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OPINION

SHAH: Romantic comedies are evolving, increasing value

Just this past week, Netflix released the next in its growing line of original romantic comedies “Someone Great,” which follows an aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) who has to move cross-country for her dream job. It means leaving not only her two best friends and New York, but also her boyfriend of nine years, Nate. The movie centers on “one last epic night” among the three girls, each fitted with their own emotional arc about growing up and into a new phase in their lives set to the backdrop of a New York music festival. 

OPINION

SHAH: Kylie maintains her false self-made title

This past July, Forbes called Kylie Jenner “self-made.” And despite even Dictionary.com mocking that claim, Kylie Jenner still cannot seem to let that title go. Just last week, when speaking with Interview, Kylie Jenner said: “There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth.”

OPINION

SHAH: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ addresses #MeToo

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 NYPD detective without sacrificing the comedy. 

OPINION

SHAH: Detention of 21 Savage cannot be overlooked

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 or not 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. 

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SHAH: Sorkin’s ‘West Wing’ remains relevant yet varies from today

Aaron Sorkin created and wrote much of the most popular TV show amongst 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.  

OPINION

SHAH: Political correctness is not meant for comedy

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.” 

OPINION

SHAH: ‘The Hate U Give’ is powerful call to action

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. 

OPINION

SHAH: We must be careful of celebrity politics

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. 

OPINION

SHAH: BoJack Horseman can make us better people

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. 

OPINION

SHAH: Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix special is empowering

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. 

OPINION

SHAH: We must be willing to question third-wave feminism

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.

OPINION

SHAH: Brooklyn Nine-Nine is more than just funny sitcom

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.

OPINION

SHAH: Academy Awards should fade away

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.

OPINION

SHAH: First Lady Melania Trump is not your 'damsel in distress'

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. 

OPINION

SHAH: Both genders necessary to combat sexual assault epidemic

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. 

OPINION

SHAH: Dunham, Swift must be held accountable

 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.  

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