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Tarantino’s Love Letter to Trump

During his 2016 Presidential campaign, Donald Trump recycled a campaign slogan used several times before (by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton). However, when Trump used it, the slogan took an ominous turn. When Trump or his supporters call out to “Make America...

How Madonna Became Gaga (and Gaga Became Stefani)

In 2010, Camille Paglia wrote an essay for The Sunday Times entitled “What’s Sex Got To Do With It?” Despite the vagaries of the title, the essay is a pointed and methodical critique of Lady Gaga. One of the primary critiques discussed in the article...

Not Ready to Make Nice

I was told not to write this. I was told not to “pick a fight.” I was told to be more patient and kind. I was told not to alienate potential allies. I was told how to feel and what to say. Nope. I’m done with that. I was done with that on November 9,...

“Mom, I am a rich man.”

I have daddy issues. My father was detached and disinterested (at best) for most of my childhood and adolescence before cutting off contact with me completely. A shadowy figure, usually working, often distant, frequently disapproving, he never seemed to provide me...

Why Shrill Sabotages Its Own Empowerment Message

(If you plan to watch Shrill and care about spoilers, definitely don’t read this until after you’ve caught up.) Shrill, one of Hulu’s recent contributions to original television content, is emphatically marketed as “empowering,” mainly...

The Problem with ‘A Star Is Born’

Warning: SPOILERS. Bradley Cooper and and Lady Gaga in a scene from A Star is Born, which Bradley Cooper also directed. Hollywood loves a good makeover montage, and the story told within A Star Is Born—successful musician stumbles upon a talented but unknown singer,...