The Worried Parents’ Guide to K-Pop

If you suffered through the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, you may know that a Korean pop group called BTS bested several American bands and singers in a category called “Best Social Artist.” Being best social artist doesn’t necessarily mean you’re an especially good singer or musician. It means that your fans voted more frequently … Continued

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Is Hollywood Guilty of Cultural Appropriation in its Casting?

The art of acting creates something of an illusion for the audience. The actor plays the role of another person but often becomes so immersed in the character that audiences often associate the actor with the character instead of the real-life person. In most cases, it is the performance above all else that’s compelling to … Continued

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‘Master of None’ and the Virtuous Millennial

The millennial role model is here. It’s not a brash comedienne or an idealistic politician—it’s a short Indian dude. In the second season of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series, Master of None, the show focuses on a millennial protagonist trying to do the right thing, a welcome change from the cynical ethos of many shows on … Continued

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Why Those ‘Woke’ Feminist Movies and TV Shows Are So Bad

When does a television show cross the line from entertainment into propaganda? Consider the upcoming Netflix show, GLOW. The setup is promising. The series is a fictionalized look at the female wrestling franchise (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) from the 1980s. Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin play dueling wrestlers fighting more than just each other. Spoiler … Continued

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The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Grapple with God

Marvel’s most charming crew of rogues and reprobates return in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, and director James Gunn manages to make the sequel even better than the first volume. This comic space opera has style to spare, and tells an emotionally resonant story about the complexity and necessity of family. Despite the frequent … Continued

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