R.J. is a writer, podcast host and CEO of Hashtag Productions. He lives in Los Angeles and always eats his vegetables.

The NFL’s Protest Problem

If you took the “under” in a bet predicting that the pre-game protests among NFL players would fizzle out by the mid-way point of the 2017 season, you just lost your money. In the hours leading up to the eighth weekend of the NFL season, a story broke that had Houston Texans’ owner Bob McNair … Continued


Why I’m Quitting Fantasy Football

The summer of 1999 was a momentous one for the internet. Downloading songs on Napster (and subsequently burning killer CD mixes) was now “a thing.” One couldn’t escape those stupid Pets.com commercials. Hotmail was the email king of the world. And I signed up for my very first Fantasy Football team (via Yahoo! Sports) with … Continued


Marriages that Work: Celebrity Sports Edition

After a little more than four years of marriage, I find myself increasingly drawn to stories about couples who not only survive, but also thrive in wedded matrimony. I don’t want to just “be married;” I want to find ways to love and care for my wife. Typically, the world of celebrity marriages is not … Continued


In Defense of HGTV

A recent article in New York magazine by Caitlin Flanagan—”The Ugliness Behind HGTV’s Never-Ending Fantasy Loop“—argues that HGTV is ruining the country by foisting a whitewashed, unrealistic, chauvinistic, tacky version of American life on an unwitting public that is unwittingly marching toward another housing bubble. Norman Rockwell, meet Noam Chomsky: HGTV was the third-most-popular network … Continued


Steph Curry’s Missed Opportunity with Trump

It has become a cliché to note that we are “living in strange days,” but in the era of social media and Donald Trump, what else can one say? This past Friday, two-time NBA Champion guard Steph Curry publicly announced that he was not in favor of his team, the Golden State Warriors, going to … Continued


The Weight of Men

There is no comparison when it comes to pressures about weight and body image issues—women have it tougher than men. It’s not fair and it’s not right. But while much has (rightly) been said and written about the heightened pressures that women face, we tend to forget that men have issues of their own. I … Continued


Why Millennials Are Obsessed with Nostalgia TV

C.S. Lewis once said, “I can’t imagine really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” The same now can apparently be said of television programming produced in the 1990’s. From the Los Angeles Times: Jessica Mata wasn’t even a year old when “The Golden Girls” ended its broadcast run on NBC in 1992. But … Continued


What ‘DETROIT’ Gets Wrong About Detroit

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow has made two of the better films of the past decade. Both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty were commercial and critical successes. Both dealt with complex topics—modern war and terrorism—and both handled their complicated subject matters in nuanced ways. Unfortunately, Bigelow’s latest effort, DETROIT, falls short of the high … Continued


How ‘Game of Thrones’ Borrows from the Old Testament

The penultimate season of Game of Thrones has descended upon American households (and iPads) with the fervor and fury of a Dothraki horde. Few television series in recent memory have so captured the imagination of viewers quite like GoT has been able to do in its six-plus seasons on air. The show’s unique mixture of … Continued