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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Die Hard’ Meets ‘Tropic Thunder,’ ‘Office Space’ Trivia and More

Today in Movie Culture: 'Die Hard' Meets 'Tropic Thunder,' 'Office Space' Trivia and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:  


Mashup of the Day:

Funny or Die has cut together scenes from Die Hard, Tropic Thunder and a few other extra movies to get Hans Gruber to chat with Len Grossman:


Movie Trivia of the Day:

This month is the 20th anniversary of the release of Office Space, so CineFix shares a bunch of trivia you might not know:


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Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” video appropriates Black culture, and we have to talk about it

Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” video appropriates Black culture, and we have to talk about it

Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” video appropriates Black culture, and we have to talk about it

On January 17th, pop star Ariana Grande dropped a video for her new single, “7 Rings,” a hip-hop-inspired joint about all of the joys of disposable income. Some of my Twitter timeline consisted of people candidly and comically talking about capitalism and how Grande’s wealth made them feel. Others continued stanning the singer as usual. But an overwhelming amount of Black women were not amused by Grande’s latest work. Rather, they were offended and taken aback by her use of Black culture to boost her sound.

The video, which is currently the #1 trending video on YouTube and has accumulated over 15 million views as of this article, starts off with a pink-tinted scene starring Grande and her pastel-obsessed, all-female ensemble. The crew dons their hardest, sexiest faces as Grande gives a rundown of her life to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound Of Music: The tragic events that crushed her, the luxurious adventures she has with “girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble.” But right before the minute mark, “7 Rings” takes a sharp, cringeworthy turn. The trap hi-hats come in, and Grande’s “Pretty Boy Swag” homage kicks off.

Soulja Boy is the mastermind behind “Pretty Boy Swag,” an equally opulent song that was legally sampled by Beyoncé on 2016’s “Hold Up”. Soulja, who is arguably the world’s first social media star, has been the subject of memes and articles galore this week for his interview with  The Breakfast Club, in which he accused Drake of stealing his lyrics and flow. Many have sided with Soulja Boy, saying that he has never received the appropriate accolades for his work, or even the basic respect he deserves for launching the career of one of pop’s biggest names.

For Grande to use his cadence with no credit is not only a slap in the face, but an especially bad business move as well. Soulja Boy is clearly very open when it comes to popping off about unauthorized uses of his material.

It looks like Grande took cues from 2 Chainz, too. His famous Pink Trap House in Atlanta was a safe space for Black people that he used as a free HIV-testing center and a family-friendly haunted house. Grande tried to recreate the energy he ushered in with this innovative space by incorporating a house of her own into “7 Rings,” but it came off as gimmicky. If you know what really happens in trap houses, then you know that they’re much more than party locations for champagne-inspired fantasies. Trap houses are often unfurnished spaces where drugs are produced and sold. Frankly, it is not within Ariana Grande’s range to change that narrative since she has no experience with that lifestyle.

Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” and Beyonce’s rap-singing (featured on “APESHIT,” “7/11,” and “Top Off”) also appear to have influenced Grande, as some folks online have pointed out.

New York rapper Princess Nokia also seems to be a victim of Grande’s apparently sticky fingers. In an Instagram video posted January 18th, the 26-year-old artist played “7 Rings” and “Mine,” a song from her 1992 Deluxe album released in 2017, side by side. Nokia then says, “Do that sound familiar to you? Because that sound familiar to me…Ain’t that the little song I made about brown women and their hair?”

Stans are choosing to cape for Grande, saying, “locals don’t even know [who Nokia is]” and “Sorry, who are you??” But if you listen closely to both songs, you can definitely hear similarities in the instrumental composition, the vocal tones of both performers, and even the lyrics. While Nokia talks about her hair by repeating the lyrics, “It’s mine, I bought it,” Grande repeats, “I want it, I got it” and “You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it” in a very similar rhythm.

Ariana Grande has made it known that she works with Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx, two talented Black songwriters who only have a sliver of Grande’s visibility. Their heavy involvement in her career, plus cosigns from other Black celebrities like Pharrell, surely makes it seem that Grande’s ties to Blackness are legitimate. But the fact remains that she is a white woman who has studied AAVE, and she is now using trap house imagery and lifting from the works of lesser known Black rappers without giving them credit. (It’s important to note that, in addition to this appropriation of Black culture, people have criticized Grande’s recent and frequent use of Japanese characters and aesthetics in her promotional imagery.)

I talked with fellow writers Erin McLaughlin and Wanna Thompson about Grande’s lip locks with Blackness. When I asked if this disregard for Black innovation was shocking on Grande’s part, McLaughlin said, “Black American culture is the most popular phenomenon in the world to be honest, so everyone thinks it’s always up for grabs. It’s always been the norm to expect ANYTHING from Black people—whether it’s our time, labor, or creativity. [Grande] being white makes it even worse…How do you look as a white girl with a team full of Black people doing a video like this?”

Thompson was not shocked either. “Everyone knows that Blackness is what’s cool,” she said. “Various artists have experimented with this in the past, and it’s still a formula that white women continue to utilize. From Gwen Stefani to Fergie to Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea…the list goes on and on. This tactic will never die, as long as you have an industry supporting the BS.”

“We all know white women are afforded privilege…Ariana is able to hide behind her ‘cute, quirky’ image without much backlash because she’s still viewed as that innocent kid from Nickelodeon,” Thompson continued. “I have called [her] out various times via Twitter in the last few months, and I was met with backlash…”

McLaughlin has similar sentiments: “She’s white. She’s a cute, petite white girl with a clean track record as far as being problematic goes. But also, stan culture has prevented people from being able to separate the art from the artist.”

Ariana, if you’re reading, hear me out. It doesn’t have to be this way.

You don’t have to go down in history as another white girl who turned to rap and Black culture to add sauce to her career. You’re already talented—no one can take that away from you. People love you for how open you are about your life. These moments of appropriation are unnecessary, and Blackness isn’t an act. Detracting from the hard work of Black people won’t get you as far as you hope. And if it does, you better believe that it won’t keep you there. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Glass’ Character Study, Rob Marshall Discusses ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ VFX and More

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Character Analysis of the Day

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The Top 10 Feminist Pop Culture Moments of 2018

The new year is almost upon us—which means it’s time once again to take stock of all that transpired at the intersections of feminism and popular culture in 2018. Since I started doing these Top 10 lists in 2016, I’ve been inspired by the ways that feminism has impacted the culture at large, and 2018 proved to be another stellar year for the movement in the media. These 10 feminist moments shifted the media landscape and echoed across the Internet this year—inspiring, empowering and mobilizing feminists across the country in the process.

#10: Feminists Do Have a Sense of Humor!

With the recent passing of comedian and filmmaker Penny Marshall—who gave us the iconic working-class Laverne from the TV sitcom Laverne and Shirley; her first directed film, Jumping Jack Flash, featuring comedian-turned-actor Whoopi Goldberg; and the humorously classic sendup to women’s baseball during World War II with A League of Their Own—we were reminded that women have long been at the game of great comedic timing and storytelling. This year was no different.

In 2018, comedians Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish treated us to a brilliant takedown of women’s fashions and taboo-breaking moments of female physical comedy when they paired up as presenters at this year’s Oscars telecast. That the Academy Awards have yet to turn to these two hilarious entertainers as obvious replacements for Kevin Hart to host the upcoming show—Black women hosts! Diversity is still achieved!—goes to show that some of our cultural gatekeepers still need to find a feminist sense of humor.

Nonetheless, such humor was celebrated on streaming platforms. Amazon Prime’s Emmy-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel explored the 1950s, when the titular character finds life after marriage when she breaks into the masculine realm of standup comedy; Netflix gave us a chance to savor the biting sarcasm of Hannah Gadsby’s queer standup routine in Nanette. These on-demand feminist media moments proved that women can hilariously punch up to power and assert their much-needed comedic worldviews.

#9: Body Positivity is Powerful

L Brands CEO Ed Razek stepped down this year in the wake of disparaging comments about the exclusion of transgender and plus-sized models from Victoria’s Secret annual lingerie fashion show—he thought they didn’t fit the “fantasy” the lingerie company tries to sell. Meanwhile, pop star Rihanna showed everyone how it’s done during New York Fashion Week. After making a splash last year with her all-shades-inclusive cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, she expanded her beauty company with the lingerie line Savage Fenty—and proceeded to feature all sizes and complexions at her body-positive fashion show Savage x Fenty, including very pregnant model Slick Woods, who gave birth not long after walking the runway!

The pop star was not the only black woman icon promoting body positivity this year. Despite Vogue’s continued use of photoshopped and airbrushed images, glimpses of different body types and the need for body acceptance filtered through its cultural lens thanks to tennis champion Serena Williams, who graced the January 2018 cover, and pop star Beyoncé, who sat for the cover of the coveted September issue. (A legendary moment that also proved historic, thanks to Beyoncé’s employment of Vogue’s first African American cover photographer.) Both women discussed their embrace of their postpartum bodies and the difficulties they faced with complications after giving birth in the magazine’s pages, and given the rise in maternal mortality rates among black women in the U.S., their candid truth-telling shined a much-needed spotlight on the issue while expanding the conversations beyond getting the “perfect body” back after childbirth—a cultural pressure Beyoncé admits to succumbing to after the birth of her first child. 

#8: A Feminist Princess?

Already topping Google’s list for the most widely searched person worldwide for 2018, and coming in at number seven for Time’s 2018 Person of the year, former Suits actor and mixed-race American-turned-British Royal Megan Markle made cultural waves this year when she married Prince Harry before an international televised audience of 40 million people. The wedding ceremony was marked by inclusivity—from African American Episcopal Bishop Reverend Michael Curry’s stirring sermon, to the Kingdom Choir’s serenading of the bride and groom with the classic standard “Stand By Me,” to a beaming dreadlock-wearing mother-of-the-bride holding her own stately presence opposite the Queen of England—but it was the sight of the bride, an avowed feminist, walking herself down the aisle before being joined halfway by the Prince of Wales, that indicated we might just be getting a different kind of princess for our modern era.

One of the biggest challenges for the now-Duchess of Sussex, who is a champion for women and girl’s empowerment, is to integrate the traditions of British monarchy with her own feminist worldview. “Women already have a voice,” Markle once said.”They just need to learn how to use it.” Given the glimpses of feminism that we have seen from her so far—from her first charity event featuring the recipes of a multiracial community kitchen from the women survivors of the Grenfell fire in London, in her endorsed cookbook, Together, to her championing women’s empowerment while giving an award to the designer of her wedding gown—she is learning well.

Markle is subtly but surely keeping alive her feminist views. While this might represent neoliberal feminism more than radical feminism, it’s a glimpse of a feminist sensibility that just might be mighty enough to clap back against a culture that is more concerned about what she wears, how she cradles her baby bump during pregnancy and if she’s having catfights with the Duchess of Cambridge than how she’s improving women’s lives around the world. Here’s hoping she continues to learn how to use the voice she most certainly knows that she has, especially when too many would rather she be seen and not heard.

#7: Love is the Message

Beyond these heteronormative headlines, this year saw the debut of one of the most transgender-inclusive shows on television: Pose on FX. Exploring Harlem’s Ballroom Culture from the 1980s—which gave us, among many things, voguing and the art of reading and shade—the series from Ryan Murphy and trans advocate Janet Mock balances humor and heart-wrenching drama to flesh out the full humanity of queer communities of color. Mock even made her directorial debut with the episode “Love is the Message,” bringing a trans, feminist sensibility to a nuanced storyline that featured a transgender woman of color played by Indya Moore asserting her womanhood to the cisgender white wife of her love interest, and illuminated the ravaging effects of HIV/AIDS in the gay community during this era.

Not one act of violence was perpetrated against any transgender woman in the show—a relief for the viewers who unfortunately expected worse. Against this backdrop, the extravagant spectacle of the ballroom served as both escape and survival, and a reminder that we can’t have the entertaining and pleasurable aspects of this life without also empathizing with the pain. 

#6: Acing the Bechdel Test at the Movies

Television isn’t the only medium for new and improved representations of women. A recent study showed that women-led films dominated the box office—and those that passed the Bechdel Test, in which two or more women talked about something other than a man, outperformed those that failed. 

Whatever the genre, 2018 proved to be a stellar year for feminist-themed films. It also featured a growing list of women-of-color-led movies, including A Wrinkle in Time, Crazy Rich Asians and The Hate U Give. But most exciting were the ensemble films, in which all-female casts dominated the storylines.

The lightweight heist film Ocean’s 8, starring Sandra Bullock, and the heavier heist film Widows, starring Viola Davis, both debuted to much excitement; an all-female scientific team featuring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson went on a quest to save the world in the science fiction film Annihilation; and Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone teamed up to form a queer love triangle on the 18th-century court of Queen Ann in The Favourite. Earlier this year, the women of the Africa-themed superhero comic Black Panther also joined forces as warriors, scientists, and international spies to save an entire nation called Wakanda—and 2018 will wrap up with the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex, hitting theaters just moments after a successful run of the documentary about the same notorious Supreme Court Justice, RBG. 

#5: Rage and Rumblings in Music

2018 will forever be remembered as the year Beyoncé graced the Coachella stage as the first African American woman headliner, bringing all her black pride and HBCU culture with her. But feminist themes blared from boomboxes (and bluetooth radios) all year long.

Ariana Grande’s provocative song and video “God is a Woman” and the rage against patriarchy captured in Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato’s “Fall in Line” were just two of many new feminist anthems to take over the airwaves. Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy testified to her survival instincts—and she boldly breastfed her baby in her music video “Money” in a striking statement that juxtaposed her lactating breasts, often forbidden for public view, to her earlier years as a stripper, often promoted for public consumption. Barbra Streisand dropped her album Walls to protest the Trump administration, while Amanda Palmer’s “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now” and Gracie and Rachel’s “HER,” a tribute to Christine Blasey Ford, amplified the #MeToo movement.

It remains to be seen if a #MeToo reckoning will take place in the music industry, as had occurred with the movie industry, but the rage is barely contained beneath the surface. The passing of legendary Aretha Franklin was a reminder that she too had a #MeToo story—and raised her voice constantly in defiance with her anthems “Respect” and “Think.” While her funeral included moments of men behaving badly, her legacy can be retooled for women’s constant raging and rumblings. 

#4: A Queer Black Feminist Future

Women music artists dominated this year’s Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, so we also might expect to see and hear more of these rumblings. Regardless, 2018 also gave us one of the most unapologetically queer black feminist albums in recent herstory. Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer is both an infectious pop album and a provocative sci-fi “emotion picture,” offering a vision of feminist resistance against systems of oppression while embracing her pansexual liberation. This concept album is rich in creativity, quirky originality and the brilliance of Black Girl Magic. 

#3: Times Up!

The #MeToo movement transitioned to #TimesUp this year—and women across Hollywood partnered with grassroots feminists to fight against sexual assault and harassment. At the 2018 Golden Globes Awards, many celebrity feminists powerfully shared the red carpet with activists including Me Too founder Tarana Burke and made pointed commentary from the stage. The collaboration didn’t end there: industry feminists went on launch a legal defense fund and form an advisory board headed by none other than Anita Hill. 

#2: Oprah Leads the Way

Oprah highlighted the issues of #MeToo and #TimesUp throughout the Golden Globes telecast, but her stirring acceptance speech for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award gave the movement momentum. Winfrey, utilizing her great oratory skills, demonstrated intersectionality to millions tuning in as she connected the fight for racial justice to challenges to cultures of sexual harassment and violence—and reminded the audience that truth-seeking journalism shares common ground with the women and men who have broken the silence on their experience with sexual violence when she invoked the memory of Recy Taylor, an African American woman who suffered a gang rape during the Jim Crow segregation era and was aided by Rosa Parks in the quest for justice. Her words were a reminder that “celebrity feminism,” at its best, can put its highly visible platform to great use for public consciousness-raising.

#1: Women Leading in Politics and Pop Culture

Oprah’s Golden Globes speech was so moving that the hashtag #OprahforPresident began trending soon afterwards—but while she has not expressed any interest in running for office, other women did in record numbers this year, and they made big waves on social media and beyond.

In November, a diverse group of women were elected to Congress—among them the first Native American and the first Muslim women to ever serve in the chambers. The youngest, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is pulling the curtain back on the political process on Instagram (and getting record numbers of “likes” for living our wildest #SquadGoals). Meanwhile, veterans on the Hill are also having their moments: Maxine Waters birthed a thousand memes when she reclaimed her time; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the focus of multiple films and former First Lady Michelle Obama released a bestselling book and launched the Global Girl Alliance with a video set to the empowering music of Aretha Franklin.

We may not have had our first woman president—and television shows like Scandal and House of Cards may have to indulge this “fantasy” for a bit longer before it becomes reality—but across Twitter and Instagram, women are finally taking the reigns in politics—and snagging headlines across political media.

Janell Hobson is professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the author of Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender.

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#MeToo One Year Later: Has Your Workplace Culture Changed?

About 10 years ago, Tarana Burke launched the Me Too movement—an anti-sexual assault initiative launched to support survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. For a while, the movement quietly persisted  But in 2017, multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reignited the #MeToo movement and sparked chaos, conversation, and change across workplaces around the world.

To gain some insight into how the #MeToo movement has changed workplace culture, we interviewed Sarah Morgan, the senior human resources director for SafeStreetsUSA and founder of BuzzARooney L.L.C., a Human Resources Management, and leadership consulting company.

As an HR professional, how has #MeToo impacted workplace culture? 

In a way that didn’t exist before, the #MeToo movement created more awareness about the spectrum of sexual harassment in the workplace. We used to think these incidents were uncommon and happened infrequently. #MeToo flipped these misconceptions on their head and showed sexual harassment as commonplace and rampant, which it’s been for a long time. I have yet to meet a woman who does not have at least one #MeToo story from their career, from early professional women to women nearing retirement. The #MeToo movement no longer allowed companies to pretend like sexual harassment were someone else’s problem that happened in an isolated vacuum. #MeToo let the world know that sexual harassment in the workplace happens to all of us in one form or another.

Because of #MeToo, many of my clients and colleagues have reached out to me for guidance on how to update their orientation and annual training for employees and managers. Men seem afraid of saying or doing something that will be misconstrued as harassment or discrimination. Women seem more hyper-aware as events occur and more willing to speak up than in the past. These are both good things. We cannot eradicate harassment and discrimination without awareness and active participation from men, especially those in positions of authority and influence, which equals power. We also need women who are both willing to come forward with the stories of their experiences and willing to believe and support other women who choose to speak up.

In my work environment, I ensured our workplace harassment training for both employees and managers were very comprehensive, so we didn’t have to change much of our current practices because of #MeToo.

Why might women be afraid to speak up about harassment at work?

Women are afraid to speak up because they do not think they’ll be believed, and they do not trust action will be taken to stop the issue and/or to protect them from retaliation after the issue is reported.

As much as HR tries to protect confidentiality, it is not uncommon for word to get out and become office gossip when a claim is filed. The same victim shaming that happens to women who are victims of sexual assault happens to women who are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. What you wore and how you behaved and what you did/didn’t do and how you could have avoided or prevented the incident(s) all impact how you’re viewed and judged both by the company and by your peers. No woman wants to go through all of that just to keep getting a check at a job that’s only paying her $ 0.50 – 0.85 for every white male $ 1. Many women choose not to report and instead they just seek work elsewhere. Once they are out of the environment, only a fraction of women report the issue or file a lawsuit.

Can you explain HR’s role in handling employee harassment claims?

HR is responsible for educating employees and managers about what is and what is not harassment in the workplace as well as the actions one should take when they are a victim or a witness to harassment in the workplace.

When an issue is brought to our attention, HR is responsible for conducting a thorough investigation to either substantiate or refute the claimant’s version of the events. During an investigation, HR will speak with and get written statements from witnesses, and review evidence, such as timesheets, emails, video and phone recordings, chat and text messages, social media messages, etc. After everything has been reviewed, HR will make recommendations for corrective action; this includes discipline up to termination and sometimes additional training for other employees who need remedial or refresher instruction. Corrective action may also include changes in schedule, supervisor, or work area to limit interactions between the parties going forward.

It is a difficult role to balance because what the complainant wants does not always match what is in the best interest of the company.

We have to balance the needs and rights of everyone involved, not just the complainant. Sometimes this means a form of corrective action other than termination for the person accused of harassment where the evidence or the severity of the issue does not support termination. HR often feels between a rock and hard place because of this.

Many HR professionals find we are unsupported by other members of management in our recommendations to have zero tolerance toward sexual harassment. I’ve been in this place at several times in my career; I can say it is awful to feel incapable of bringing some measure of justice to a person who already feels powerless. I am glad for the #MeToo movement because it makes companies think more critically about their decisions and the implications. #MeToo is forcing companies to live up to the values they espouse surrounding fairness and equity and inclusive workplaces that are free from harassment and bullying.

When we are focused on cultivating safe spaces where employees can be both creative and accountable, companies thrive and flourish and don’t fear the #MeToo movement as a threat to success.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Dior are being accused of ripping off Mexican culture

Jennifer Lawrence and Dior are being accused of ripping off Mexican culture

Jennifer Lawrence and Dior are being accused of ripping off Mexican culture

Jennifer Lawrence and Dior are in the news for all the wrong reasons. Scratch that, for one reason: cultural appropriation. The actress is the new face of the fashion house’s latest collection. So why is that problematic? Dior’s collection is entirely inspired by Mexican culture. To be more specific, the pieces in the line are heavily influenced by escaramuza charra.

To give you some backstory, escaramuza is a Mexican sport, almost like a rodeo, which features a group of women (usually 10 to 16) on horseback. They choreograph dance routines with their horses, which makes for a one-of-a-kind experience. Most consider escaramuza attire a form of art, similar to ballet folklorico, so it’s not surprising that Dior would be enamored by it.

The problem with Lawrence being the face of this specific collection is obvious: She’s not Mexican (or Latina for that matter). This collection directly takes silhouettes, patterns, and designs that are so ingrained in Mexican culture that Lawrence’s casting has struck a chord in the Mexican community. If anything, it’s sad that Dior didn’t cast a Mexican artist (whether an actress, singer, or model) as the face of their new collection.

It’s not like the fashion house hasn’t thought to highlight Mexican women before. Back in May, Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri (who is Italian) presented the collection in a respectful way: Remezcla reports that the fashion house flew in an eight-woman team from Mexico who each wore the latest pieces from the collection. As models walked down the runway, they rode in unison. It’s sad that the brand would make an effort to highlight these women during their show but forget about them during the ad campaigns.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted to Instagram, Dior shared Lawrence’s experience shooting the campaign. The actress said:

“One of the main inspirations of this collection is the traditional women riders of Mexico. I’m really excited that this collection is looking at and celebrating these women’s heritage through such a modern lens.”

Many people on social media quickly pointed out the cultural appropriation, and the thoughtlessness of Lawrence’s comments.

Even 2 Dope Queens actress Phoebe Robinson took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the brand’s blatant cultural appropriation:

“#Dior & #JenniferLawrence wanna celebrate traditional Mexican women riders thru a ‘modern lens’…by having a rich white woman named Jennifer be the face of this campaign? And like they couldn’t think of a better landscape to shoot than in California?! “Hmm, I dunno, maybe…like…shoot…in…Mexico…with…a…Mexican…actress like Salma Hayek, Karla Souza, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria, or many others. But I guess they were all unavailable, so you had to go with Jennifer Lawrence.”

It’s true—there are many people Dior could have made the face of the collection. Aside from the actresses Robinson listed, there is also Kate del Castillo (who is pretty much Mexican royalty), Eiza González, and Netflix’s Made in Mexico star and model, Columba Díaz. That’s just scratching the surface. It’s disappointing that despite the inclusive options available, Dior chose someone who is “marketable” rather than to respect the culture they lifted ideas from.

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Real Witches Judge the Witch Culture of ‘The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’

If you’re watching The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina on Netflix, you’ll know that it’s a very funny, occasionally petrifying, ultra-progressive, extremely emotional TV drama. Well, that’s what we think. But what do actual witches think about the way their culture is represented in the show? We pulled together a coven of witches to tell us what’s what…

Please introduce yourselves and explain your relationship to witchcraft and the occult…

“My name is Tania Ahsan. I’ve been a practising witch for 25 years and was previously the editor of Prediction magazine, a now-defunct occult magazine. I write the witchcraft column for Kindred Spirit magazine.”

“My name is Evelyn Hollow, I was raised with a mixed background of Celtic Pagan beliefs & Mediterranean Roma blood. As an adult, I obtained a Master’s degree in Psychological Research specialising in Paranormal Psychology. I have been an academic of the occult for more than six years and was a lecturer of Psychology for the last few of those years.”

“And my name is Anna McKerrow. I’m a fiction writer and eclectic Pagan witch. My work is always about witchcraft, and I’m passionate about representing modern, contemporary witches in realistic and thoughtful ways.”

So the new Sabrina, let’s start with what you think the show did well… and what it didn’t.

Anna: “I’ve read so much comment about the new Sabrina show from other witches. I think most of us are enjoying it for what it is: a fun TV drama. If you want to talk about realism… well, someone walking in the woods chanting to themselves or meditating or even a group ritual isn’t going to fit this kind of high-action, stylised TV format. Witches and those following alternative, broadly Pagan/polytheistic or pantheistic beliefs often tend to be philosophical about the inaccurate ways that they and their spiritual beliefs are depicted in fiction, partly because the stereotypes are so pervasive, partly because of an attitude that runs ‘whatever — allows me to stay under the radar’ and, I would say, a mindfulness of the still-recent repeal in the UK of the witchcraft laws in the 1950s.”

Sabrina Spellman on trial in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Tania: “There are Satanic witches but it is only one type of witchcraft. A far larger sect of witchcraft is Wicca, the way devised by Gerald Gardner in the 1960s. But I’m not surprised that they decided to go with the Satanic type. This seems to be a bit of a wet dream for the Bible Belt and is the antithesis of the feminist witchcraft that is currently seeing a huge revival. The idea that a woman can only have power when she is an evil cannibalistic Satan-worshipping minx is one that has been put about to keep women down. It breeds fear of witchcraft and the occult. The salt baths to cleanse energetically is pretty accurate though and some witches work with animal guides. Although I don’t think they call them ‘familiars’ as this is again something that is rooted in the literature of a tradition that persecutes and wilfully misunderstands us.”

Evelyn: “I think it’s an improvement on the original series. I liked the original series, but it was more about the pitfalls of being a weird teenage girl than it was about witchcraft. I think this one is one of the better paranormal horror shows to come out in recent years. I also applaud its use of diverse casting and inclusion of important narratives that intersect race, gender, and socioeconomics.”

Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman in the series.

Anna:Sabrina is good in my view because there has been a reasonable amount of research done in the detail; cleansing bad energy/curses with salt, the fact that worship takes place outside in nature, the reference to the historic, inherited trauma of the witch trials and how that still affects women now. How we still feel and fear that punishment for standing in our power. I believe they have witch and occultist consultants for the show, which is a good thing. I also like that Sabrina practices magic in ‘ordinary’ ways too – forming a support group for the girls at her school, doing things in her world that makes change in positive ways. Magic is the changing of one’s experience of the world in a beneficial way. Witches know — or should know — that writing good CVs, voting and earning money are all necessary and effective things as well as journeying, meditating, chanting and being in nature.”

What would be your main criticism of the show?

Evelyn: “Perhaps the Hollywood glamourizing of witchcraft as high-drama rituals involving getting naked and spilling blood in the woods under a full moon. Everyday rites are more small moments of ritual crafted in order to create spaces that have positive effects on our mental health and restore feelings of control to our lives.”

Outdoor rituals in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Anna: “For me, the main problem is the Beast as Sabrina’s witch family’s deity or spiritual leader. Now, that is not to say that there aren’t witches who might work with the Lucifer energy and do what is called ‘shadow work’, which is absolutely nothing to do with the schlocky Hammer Horror devil stuff we’ve all been brought up on. Shadow work is the absolutely necessary healing and recognition of our full selves by loving all that we are; the balance of ourselves as perfectly imperfect beings. The ‘Beast’ is, as witches see it, also not a problem — that’s Aleister Crowley’s naming of the sexual life force of humanity; the horns of the wild horned gods of nature. The main problem with these terms and representations is the Christian duality of light/good and dark/bad that lies under them. This duality is at odds with a witch’s worldview, which tends more to the holistic and embraces the dark as a necessary complement to the light.”

Tania: “I think it is actually quite racist. Why is good always white or light? Why is evil always dark or black? The fact is there is no easy dualism in the way that it is described. The reason it has played out this way is that monotheism needs to find a way to suppress the Paganism that went before so the Horned God, the representation of the male divine, was co-opted as the image of the Devil and witches were all meant to be butt-kissing this goat-legged fallen angel. They absolutely hate that instead women might have freedom and power and so they have to attribute it to a male overlord. Yeah, good luck with that.”

Can you think of any other areas of pop culture where witchcraft has been covered well?

Tania: “Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics had a character called Thessaly who I felt was an accurate depiction of a witch. She played by rules that weren’t those that we attribute to either a hero or a villain, again she moved beyond the duality and basically just did what worked and made her way in the world in the manner she wanted. She was also depicted as a very plain-looking bespectacled woman who was quiet and watchful. She definitely did not wear a Grand Puba cape and put up a website with many different colours and fonts and a predilection for writing IN CAPITALS. Another top description is Gandalf in Lord of the Rings; he feels fear and goes through a journey in which he faces his greatest fear and emerges stronger and better. Of course, his hair is all white afterwards so the trope of white being right is still there, but props to him for facing his demon.”

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The Craft.

Evelyn:The Craft is one of the better displays of young women developing their path via witchcraft. The kind of spirit invocation and binding practices they use are relatively common in covens.”

Anna: “I always enjoy The Wicker Man, to be honest – apart from the grisly end, it’s quite nice to imagine what a free-spirited Pagan island might look like! And I liked Willow Rosenberg as a witch in Buffy because she learns to be a Wiccan witch. It’s very ’90s but she’s a normal girl, she’s a lesbian, she studies, she gets things wrong, she’s part of online witch groups. It went quite supernatural with the witch storyline in the end but the beginning was good. Oh, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon is a hugely popular book among witches because, though it’s fantasy and set in the King Arthur myth, it was one of the first — and still very few — fiction works to celebrate the empowerment of the goddess on Morgan, the witch character. It shows her route to power, her learning her witchcraft as a priestess of the moon and her adoration of the goddess.”

Thank you for your time! Before we go, tell our readers anything you’d like to plug…

Anna: “Thank you! My current book Daughter of Light and Shadows is available on Amazon…”

Tania: “My insta is @Tania_The_Witch and my website is — there’s an e-book of candle spells on there isf you fancy having a go yourself!”

Evelyn: “I’m a resident author on a publication called Esoterica Zine, which may be of interest to anyone interested in the obscure. In fact, the next issue to be released is themed around witchcraft! Issues can be accessed at Other than that my Twitter, @_EvelynHollow is the best place to find me!”

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Depop Turns Up the Volume With Nineties Rave Culture Exhibition

BACK IN TIME: A Spice Girls reunion — minus Victoria Beckham — has signaled the Nineties are here to stay and Depop, the online marketplace aimed at Gen Z, is celebrating the flip side of the decade’s music scene with a one–night–only exhibition on Wednesday dedicated to rave culture.
Depop has partnered with Youth Club, a nonprofit organization that preserves youth culture, and London’s NTS radio for the exhibition, called “Wear the Movement.” “Depop and Youth Club are both about youth culture and the importance of self-expression and acceptance is at the core of Depop,” said Maria Raga, chief executive officer of Depop.
The event will be held at Corsica Studios in south London and there will be imagery, vintage clothing and accessories on display, which have been sourced by Depop’s community of vintage dealers and sellers.
Clothing items, including vintage Moschino, Kappa and Adidas, on show and for sale, are exact matches of pieces shown in archival photos provided by Youth Culture.
The Depop community is made up of more than 10 million users, who are “overwhelmingly” Gen Z, said Raga. “But they are very interested in all things Nineties, from both the buyer and the seller side.”
She added that Nineties rave culture was

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Craving some culture: 5 yummy museums that are a must-visit


Everyone knows that one of the biggest aspects of traveling has to do with food. In fact, many people who decide to embark on a journey, whether they are big foodies or not, plan their entire trip based on when and where they will be eating at local restaurants or other recommended places. If these travelers had an itinerary, it would look like a menu, basically, and in between they would push in some sightseeings, just to say that they didn’t only travel for the food. If you ask us, we don’t see anything wrong about traveling to a place just for the good or interesting food that it’s known for.

However, if you still feel somewhat guilty for all your guilty pleasures that also happen to be tasty, and you don’t want to go back home thinking all you did on your trip was eat, then we have the perfect solution for you – food museums. Just think about it, a food museum, has the right amount of culture mixed with the one thing you love most – food, all under the same yummy roof. We can’t promise any food tastings or that these places will be found in the more familiar travel-guides, but what we can promise, is a whole new and tasty experience that will open up your senses and challenge your taste as well as your cultural buds.

Museum of Ice cream – Los Angeles, California

It’s safe to say that 98.9% of the people in the world love ice cream. From little kids to adults, it’s the one of the few foods that everyone loves. What’s not to like? It’s sweet, you can top it with endless topping choices and on a hot summer day, it’s the perfect refresher. So if you ever wondered what it would be like to swim in a pool of sprinkles or relax on huge ice lollies, then the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles is the place for you. It’s also suitable for families traveling with children, and it’s the perfect Instagram backdrop for colorful and playful pictures.

The Frietmuseum – Bruges, Belgium

From ice cream to fries – can this day get any better?? Located in the picturesque city of Bruges, the Friet Museum, which was founded by Eddy van Belle, the chairman of the Puratos Group and just a frites lover, takes you on a culinary tour throughout the history of potatoes and how they have become what we know as fries. The museum was actually founded after van Belle googled the words ‘fry museum’ and found zero results. The museum was opened for visitors in 2008 and apart from a bit of potato history, you can also get cones of the Belgian frites, fried, or the way they like to call it – double-cooked.

The Pulmuone Kimchi – Seoul, South Korea

If you are even somewhat familiar with the Korean culture and its food culture specifically, then you must know that kimchi is pretty much Korea’s national food. You can’t enter a restaurant  and not receive a bowl of those traditional and fermented cabbages and radishes. It only makes sense, then, that there would be an entire museum dedicated for that cuisine. You will find a variety of 80 different kimchi, as well as a bit of history through historic cook books and ancient recipes. You can also learn about the process of making different kinds of kimchi. The only catch is, you have to love kimchi.

Cup Noodles Museum – Yokohama, Japan

From one East Asian country to another, Japan offers some of the coolest, most innovative sights in the world, so it only makes sense that Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama focuses on the idea of ‘creative thinking’. If you ever wondered how the first instant Ramen soup was created and wanted to hear the history of instant noodles, then you must visit this museum which was opened for visitors in 1994. Some of the attractions that can be found at that ramen theme park: a display of over 3000 kinds of instant noodles, and an opportunity to create your own cup noodle.

Pizza Brain Museum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You would think that the world’s first Pizza museum would be located in Italy, but in fact the first Pizza museum is found in Philadelphia. It contains the biggest collection of pizza-related mementos. What started as a Kickstarted project, soon turned into one of the yummiest attractions in Philly. Since it opened in 2012, there were many artistic partnerships that have been made with local artists who have decorated the place in their own special way. Needless to  mention, that you can probably get the best pizza in the area at the Pizza Brain Museum.


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Why Is Our Culture So Obsessed With Dead White Girls?

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“Why does Jenny have to die?”

My high school offered a course in film, for one semester. One of the first movies we watched in that class was Forrest Gump. Our teacher raised concerning questions about the way the women in the film were depicted, in particular, the character of Jenny, Forrest’s only childhood friend, a victim of child molestation at the hands of her father, later a drug user, eventually dead by AIDS.

Dumbfounded, I searched my adolescent brain for an answer. Because it manipulates the audience into feeling more for Forrest? It makes her life a tragedy? Jenny sets out to live an independent life and she is punished for it, my teacher offered. Somewhere, in the back of my brain, a door opened. Today, it’s easy to recognize Jenny as a dead girl, the subject of Alice Bolin’s new book: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession.

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Culture With a Side of Exercise: Try a Bicycle Tour of Your City’s Murals

Greg Stanek hopped off his bike and switched on his microphone headset.

“I can see six murals standing here,” he said, pointing as he counted them one by one. Meanwhile, 40 more bicycles circled up around him in a St. Petersburg, Florida, alleyway tucked between shops and nightlife hotspots.

The cyclists were not there for the exercise, although they covered several miles together under the bright October sun. Instead, they had joined a bike tour of the city’s murals, of which there are at least 50.

Local arts organization Florida CraftArt hosts a monthly tour, but this was one one of several expanded tours added to celebrate St. Petersburg’s annual SHINE Mural Festival. It not only offered a chance to see large-scale works of art locals might miss when going about daily life; it also offered participants a chance to see new work in progress by local and visiting artists. The program invited 17 artists to create new murals in the city for the 2018 festival.

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Bicyclists explore the city’s murals before taking a break at Chief’s Creole Cafe. The St. Petersburg tour costs $ 20 if you bring your own bike and an extra $ 5 if you rent a bike. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

As Stanek explained how the city has embraced murals and their origins from graffiti and street art, he was peppered with questions: “Do the murals last forever?” “Do the artists get paid?” “What neighborhood are we in now?”

Nancy Ferrara of Tampa organized a group of nearly 20 to join the bike tour. The avid cyclist runs a regional Meetup group for couples ages 45 and up and thought the mural tour might make a good outing. “I’ve never done a tour like this before,” she said during a break at a cafe serving sweet tea and beignets. “It’s a great option to see what’s out here.”

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Elise Barnes (left) and Andrew Odell (right) ride past an apartment complex in St. Petersburg, one of many buildings in the city painted with murals. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Meanwhile, Andrew Odell of St. Petersburg and Elise Barnes of Atlanta navigated the streets via Coast Bike Share. The 3 1/2-half hour tour cost $ 20 for those bringing their own bikes, but for an extra $ 5, riders could take the tour via on-demand rental bikes that are typically docked around the city.

Odell explained the pair had gone on a walking tour of murals in St. Petersburg before Barnes learned about the bike version of the tour through SHINE’s Instagram feed. “It’s really cool to see the artists in action,” Odell said. They had already picked out a few murals-in-progress to revisit once completed.

The large group kept a leisurely pace that at times felt unwieldy for a group so large, but the tour’s winding route with plenty of stops meant even the most novice of cyclists were well-equipped to keep up. As the pack of 40 coasted down St. Petersburg’s business district on Central Avenue, a hairstylist burst through the door of her salon to wave and wish us good morning. Along the Pinellas Trail, a popular spot for cyclists, others passing the group often welcomed us with shouts of hello and fist pumps.  

Guide Greg Stanek talks about the “You Are Beautiful” community mural, a public-art display, during a tour stop. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Bike tours have long been an option for travelers, but those highlighting outdoor art put a creative spin on typical sightseeing spots. Marlene Rodriguez of Tampa brought her bike to St. Petersburg for the tour. The frequent traveler said it gave her a chance to play tourist in a nearby city.

“When I get to a [new] city, if I have limited time, I grab a bike tour of the city and see most of it in a short amount of time,” she said. She said she had just missed the mural festival in Montreal while visiting this summer and wants to go back next year during the event.

For now, she already has plans to revisit St. Pete’s murals by bike; she and a friend signed up for next month’s mural bike tour to see some of the new murals once they’re finished. Instead of bringing her own bike, she’ll rent one from Coast.

You miss so many of the murals when you’re driving in your car, Rodriguez explained. “It’s the best way to see them,” she said of touring the murals by bike. “And you still can’t see them all.”

Hop on These Mural Bike Tours

A pedestrian walks past a mural.
A pedestrian walks past one of the many murals in Los Angeles. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Want to play tourist by pedaling through your own city — or want to see somewhere new? These bike tours will help you see murals and other art you might have missed otherwise.

Los Angeles

The Alley Adventure Urban Art/Graffiti Bike Tour costs $ 19 with your own bike or $ 30 with a rental bike for 2 1/2 hours of touring street art in downtown Los Angeles.


Tour the Wynwood graffiti district in a three- to four-hour tour. It’s a splurge at $ 59, but bike rental is included.


Philly has had a thriving Mural Arts program for more than 30 years. The Mural Mile two-hour walking tour will run you $ 23. A newer biking version of the tour lasts three hours and covers 15 miles for $ 49.


The two-hour Downtown Art & Mural Bike Tour costs $ 25 and uses the Grid Bikeshare program. Bikeshare membership is not included in the tour cost.

San Antonio

San Antonio Mural Ride offers two different 10-mile routes in the city. The two hour tour costs $ 40, or $ 30 if you bring your own bike.

San Francisco

In San Francisco, spend a half day touring the Mission District art scene mixed in with local food tastings and a picnic lunch. You might guess this trip, which includes a bike rental, costs a bit more — tickets are $ 74 for those under 18 and for older students with identification and $ 79 for adults.

Even Cheaper Ways to Tour Art by Bike

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Greg Stanek leads bicyclists down Central Avenue on a tour of the annual SHINE Mural Festival in St. Petersburg. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Not sure you want to spend $ 20, $ 50 or more on a guided bike tour? You can set off on foot or pedal your own way by designing a tour of your own.

Many cities have resources to help you plan such a journey. Download a map or scroll the interactive version of a directory of murals in Portland, Oregon, for example. In Atlanta, check the map to plot your own route or choose from five different free, self-guided street-art tours.

Don’t forget to check for apps that can help. For instance, download the Sacramento Urban Mural Bike Tour app from Sacramento Cycling Tours for $ 4.99 to explore downtown and Midtown Sacramento murals at your own pace.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Report on Maryland football culture cites problems but stops short of ‘toxic’ label

The report made no recommendations regarding Coach DJ Durkin or any other athletic department personnel but the Maryland board of regents could announce some actions in the coming days.


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Celebrity culture likely contributed to destigmatizing out-of-wedlock childbirth

In 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the sitcom character Murphy Brown’s decision to have a child out of wedlock. That ignited discussions that continue today about whether celebrities might be contributing to the demise of the nuclear family, yet 40 years of data from one reputable celebrity news source suggests that celebrities in fact have fewer out-of-wedlock childbirths compared to the rest of the U.S. population.
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‘You Ain’t Got These:’ Lena Waithe To Produce New Series on Sneaker Culture

The sneaker industry has grown rapidly. The global athletic footwear market is projected to reach a whopping $ 95 billion by 2025, according to a 2018 report by Grand View Research Inc. The underground resale market is also very profitable and is currently valued at over $ 1 billion, according to Business Insider. Oftentimes, limited releases from sneaker conglomerates like Nike or Adidas and endorsements from popular rappers will increase the value of sneakers by double or even triple their resale amount. Meanwhile, sneaker reselling apps like StockX and the Goat allow sneakerheads to resell their sneakers to make extra cash.

Lena Waithe, a producer, actress, and screenwriter best known for co-writing the Netflix series Master of None and creating the Showtime series The Chi, will take a deep dive into the sneaker business and culture in a new unscripted series titled You Ain’t Got These. Waithe, a professed sneakerhead who owns over 100 pairs herself, aims to explore how sneaker culture influences class, gender, race, and politics, reports Vogue. Waithe will also highlight the addictive personalities of the people who do everything from entering raffles, using sneaker bots, to camping outside of stores for hours just to get their hands on a signature pair of sneakers.

Regarding the new project, executive producer Andrew Fried told The Hollywood Reporter that he is thrilled to be collaborating with Waithe. “She is a singular creative voice of her generation, and her passion for this subject is infectious,” he said.

There is no official release date for this upcoming series but if any of Waithe’s past projects are telling, fans can be assured that she will give a raw and introspective look into this industry. She will also provide a refreshing voice to women sneakerheads, an overlooked sub-culture that has been around for years.

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WeWork sued over sexual assaults, ‘frat-boy culture’

The “frat-boy culture” at the $ 20 billion shared-office-space company “WeWork” breeds drunken sexual misconduct, according to a former employee who’s suing over multiple alleged attacks. Ruby Anaya, 33, was “director of culture” for WeWork for the past four years until her ouster in August. Anaya says she was sexually assaulted twice over the course of…
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Pierpaolo Piccioli on Maintaining Valentino’s Culture of Couture and Updating Its Values to Reflect 2018

For Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, the couture runway is a platform for peak creativity. This was certainly evident in the designer’s most recent couture range, where gratifying construction met bursts of hypersaturated hues and swaggering proportions; it was arguably …

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Cedric the Entertainer finds humor in culture clashes in ‘The Neighborhood’

Dave Johnson (Max Greenfield) and Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer) live next-door to each other on CBS’ new comedy “The Neighborhood.” They’re part of the long tradition of mismatched TV characters that includes everyone from Laverne and Shirley to Charlie and Alan on “Two and a Half Men.” The comedy here arises from the contrasts,…
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