The Hypocrisy and Homophobia of Katy Perry

It’s not just “I Kissed a Girl” — or the inclusion of Migos on “Bon Appétit” — it’s the lack of conviction and muddled intentions of a pop star who has no problem selling records and concert tickets to gay fans, but won’t be true to them in a time of great social change, where even the smallest, most subtle statement would have a resonant impact.

2016: A Year of Toxic Masculinity

In fact, I’d take it one step further and state more bluntly that 2016 was the year where hypermasculinity and male superiority won over social progress and equality. The all-too-real reality show of male bravado that was 2016 has been nothing if not a wake-up call.

Pssst! Your Privilege is Showing!: Hypersincerity with Trevor Noah

Tomi Lahren says, “I wish that we could disagree with each other without thinking that we are bad people or ill-intentioned folks.” What she really means, though, is that she wishes she could disagree with people without them thinking that she is bad or ill-intentioned. She wants the freedom to continue to judge the marginalized groups of the United States and accuse them of being whiney. There is a great deal of irony in her lack of irony, leading to a sense of hypersincerity.

Arguing Pop Culture: Product Placement Is Not Shameless Marketing, It’s A Subtle Art

Written by Nicholas Bellomo for English 101: Writing & Research at Westchester Community College. Advertisements are everywhere in society, whether on television, radio, in magazines, on billboards, in newspapers, or online, and people often get tired of hearing and seeing them. However, product placement does something a little different in a more furtive way that…

Arguing Pop Culture: Product Placement Is Shameless Marketing

Written by JoAnna T. for English 101: Writing & Research at Westchester Community College, Fall 2014.  Product placement is a method of advertising used to lure in consumers. Companies promote movies, television shows, products, brands, and even people when using product placement. Sometimes television shows or movies send subliminal messages to viewers advertising a product or…

Is Feminism the New Black?: ‘Gone Girl,’ Laverne Cox, and the Intersection of Feminism and Pop Culture

Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and breakout star Rosamund Pike, is a smart, intense crash course on public perception and the twist-of-the-knife, cutthroat media circus that surrounds the national exposure of often small town tragedies. Based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the story revolves around “fictional”…

The Problem With Sookie Stackhouse: Thoughts on ‘True Blood’ Post-Series Finale

There’s a problem in Hollywood with the portrayal of female characters. They’re either so “strong” (objective word) that they come off as emasculating “bitches,” or they’re weak, perpetual damsels-in-distress, who want to be strong and want to get ahead, but can’t seem to figure out the proper balance, which leads to them falling back on finding…

“No Offense, But”: Reactions to the Possibility of The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon (Maybe) Being Gay

Whenever somebody begins with the phrase, “No offense, but…,” rest assured that it’s probably going to be somewhat offensive, especially where gay issues are concerned. No matter how progressive our culture seems to be on the surface, beneath that glossy, shiny exterior plastered with photos from Pride Parades, individual state marriage equality victories, and cover…

Mary Lambert Hits Hard with #BodyLove

No words. Just listen. Mary Lambert is the profound singer who was largely responsible for the success of “Same Love” last year post-SCOTUS and the fight for marriage equality. She continues to fight for equality, this time on the body image-front. Once you get over the surprise of the spoken-word “Body Love Parts 1 & 2,” it’s not…

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Is A Bouncy, Body-Positive Summer Jam That Brings The Booty Back

Some of you might have heard about Meghan Trainor, the 20 year old musician from Nantucket who has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter (the girl who plays spunky best friend Riley on Girl Meets World), among others. If you haven’t heard of Trainor, well, you’re about to because her debut single, “All…