Mean Girl Scarlett Johansson Thinks Attacking Other Women is Funny. It’s Not.

When a young girl deliberately mocks and demeans another young girl, she’s seen as bullying and jealous—a mean girl. If an adult woman does the same, she’s considered unkind and insecure. But when actress Scarlett Johansson deliberately mocks and demeans Ivanka Trump, she’s called hilarious and ingenious, instantly praised as a “wickedly funny” feminist. It’s … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Satire in the Age of Trump

When does satire go too far? When does it not go far enough? A good satire can make you laugh and make you a little uncomfortable at the same time. Merriam-Webster defines satire as, “trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly.” Whether we’re talking about the fifth-century Greek playwright … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Why I Don’t Watch ‘Saturday Night Live’ Anymore

As a boy, one phrase meant more to me than anything else in my pop culture world: “Live from New York. . . it’s Saturday Night!” Today, that phrase has an entirely new meaning—the corruption of a once-beloved franchise. That’s how far the increasingly partisan Saturday Night Live has fallen for this lifelong fan. And, … Continued

Entertainment, Television


The Great Celebrity Freak-Out Over Trump

Take a deep breath, celebrities. When oxygen returns to your brains, you’ll realize a few things. You want to sell tickets to the 52 percent of Americans who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. You want your shows to be watched by people who live between the coasts. Maybe (and this is going out on a … Continued

Politics

Memes are People Too

Celebrity memes are the workhorses of the Internet. As Us magazine noted a few years ago, “one bad or funny photo of a star can launch a thousand different memes.” For example, 2013 was undoubtedly the year of Miley Cyrus memes, with images of her twerking on famous paintings making the rounds, as well as … Continued

Culture

Barbie Explains Our Post-Feminist Age

Drop those feminist theory textbooks! If you want to understand the ever-shifting tides of contemporary feminism, you could do worse than watch this:   This Saturday Night Live parody commercial for “President Barbie,” which aired over the weekend, featured a Hillary Clinton doppelgänger in the form of a Barbie doll, complete with blue pantsuit and stiff … Continued

Culture

Oh Bachelor, My Bachelor

Tonight is the finale of this season of ABC’s The Bachelor. In honor of some of the ladies (a term we use loosely) who haven’t made it to the final stage of the popular reality TV human cattle auction, Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update offered an homage/parody of one of the contestants, Lace. The hilarious … Continued

Culture

This Thanksgiving, Pass the Gratitude and Hold the Politics

During a recent White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that gun control would make a great topic of conversation for families gathered for dinner this Thanksgiving: “As people sitting around the Thanksgiving table talking about these issues, as they should and I’m sure they will all across the country, I hope that’s … Continued

Culture, Politics

Eddie Murphy and Statute of Limitations on “Funny”

There are certain entertainers whose names evoke instant and generally positive reactions. Nobody hates Tom Hanks. Everybody loves The Beatles. Sports fans almost universally admire a guy like legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels. For fans, critics, and comedy aficionados alike, Eddie Murphy remains a revered purveyor of “funny.” Credited for “saving” Saturday Night Live during … Continued

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