Burst Your Bubble

A podcast about -isms and -phobias in pop culture.

EP66 - Cultures Aren't Costumes

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EP66 - It happens every year - someone wears a Halloween costume that's problematic, not thinking about the historical and cultural background of that costume. But let's talk about it, and why cultures aren't costumes.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP65 - Sam Smith, the Associated Press, and They/Them

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EP65 - Recently Sam Smith announced on social media that they use they/them pronouns. But when the story was picked up by the Associated Press - a news organization whose strives for "the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior" free from "inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortions" - they used the wrong pronouns. 

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP64 - I Love Lucy: The All American Girl and "The Latin"

EP64 - I Love Lucy starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Arnaz was Cuban American, and so the real life married couple was the first interracial couple on television at a time when the typical TV family was suburban, middle class, and white; in the real world there were anti-miscegenation laws, immigration quotas, and xenophobia. On one hand I Love Lucy created more representation in the media, but on the other the show certainly had its problems.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP63 - The Queer Coded Villain and Sounding Gay

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EP63 - Long before we saw multidimensional LGBTQ characters in pop culture, The Hays Code regulated movies. Homosexual storylines didn't meet the moral standards, and as a result queer characters would be coded into the films. But what does it mean to be queer coded, and what does it mean for stereotypes?

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP62 - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Yellowface, and Whitewashing

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EP62 - Breakfast at Tiffany's may be a classic film but it's hard to ignore Mr. Yunioshi, a Japanese character played by a white man in yellowface. While discussing this adaptation of Truman Capote's 1958 novel, let's look at the history of yellowface in Hollywood, reminding ourselves that while we might not see someone doing such a blatant caricature yellowface and its racism, xenophobia, and orientalism still seeps into pop culture today - but now more covertly through whitewashing.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP61 - The "Greatest" Showman?

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In The Greatest Showman P.T. Barnum is shown as a champion for outsiders who accepts and celebrates their differences and their diversity, but can the movie truly have a positive message when the very man who it makes its sympathetic hero is really a man who exploited people with disabilities and people of color to make money.

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EP60 - From the Heart to the Rind: The Watermelon Stereotype

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There's a stereotype that all black people love watermelon, but where does this trope come from? In this episode we'll talk about how since the Civil War the black community has been negatively associated with watermelon throughout pop culture,  from minstrel shows to newspapers, music and cartoons, and paper goods to TV. And whether we realize it or not, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, the stereotype and trope remains today - because that’s American culture and American history.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP59 - Game of Thrones: Race and Dany's White Savior Complex

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Here's part two of the problems with cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones. This time we're going to talk about race, representation (or lack thereof), and Dany Targaryen's white savior complex. 

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP58 - Game of Thrones

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EP58 - Game of Thrones is a cultural phenomenon, but we need to talk about its problems - especially when it comes to women and how they are treated.

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EP57 - The Orientalist History (and Future) of Aladdin

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EP57 - Disney's 1992 Aladdin is a childhood classic. Growing up I know it was one of my favorites - but it's important to talk about the story from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights and how its orientalist views later influenced any and all adaptations of Aladdin (and yes, that includes Disney's).

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EP56 - The History of Prom

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EP56 - Prom is something just about every American teenager goes through, but how much do people know about the history of prom, a history full of issues concerning class, race, gender, and sex.

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EP55 - Will & Grace, The Puppy Episode, and a Missed Opportunity

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EP55 - First airing in 1998 and running for 8 seasons before its 2017 reboot, Will & Grace has always been applauded as revolutionary - but the show only focused on a very narrow part of the queer community: the wealthy, white, cis man. While you could argue that this was the show’s only option at the time, Will & Grace continues to have the same problems with its current day reboot - bi-erasure, lack of racial representation, and the same stereotypes - ignoring the intersections of the queer community. And even more heartbreaking, the reboot mocks the Puppy Episode, a part of queer TV history that paved the way for Will & Grace.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP54 - Sixteen Candles and Toxic Masculinity

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EP54 - Sixteen Candles is an 80s classic, but when you rewatch it it's easier to see the films problems: racism, homophobia, and - above all - that masculinity and a guy's reputation are marked by the relationships and control men have over women.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP53 - Shrill

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EP53 - Shrill brings up important issues, most notably how changing your life for the better doesn't have to mean changing your body. It's a show about empowerment and acceptance, and I came away with a lot of information, but also a lot of questions. My biggest concern? Well, it has to do with the morning-after pill.

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EP52 -Dumbo

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Dumbo might be a classic, but it’s important to understand the history behind one of its characters, especially when that history encompasses slavery, racism, and discrimination in the United States, starting with blackface at minstrel shows and ending in written laws.

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EP51 - Renew One Day at a Time

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Have you ever watched the show One Day at a Time? The remake of the 1975 sitcom is a present day story of the Cuban American Alvarez family. The remake - brought to life largely in part by Gloria Calderón Kellett, a Cuban American, and a half Latinx writing team - is in danger of not being renewed for its 4th season. Listen as we look at either why you should be watching the show or reminding you exactly why you love it.

#RenewODAAT

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EP50 - That's Not Romantic - It's Creepy!

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For decades, romantic comedies have given audiences an incorrect idea of how romantic relationships should work. How you should ask someone out, woo them, and win them. But because of how romcoms depict love on screen, they show harmful behaviors like persistence, possessiveness, and stalking as grand gestures of love -  all while normalizing them.

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EP49 - The Three Little Pigs and What We Can Learn from History

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We can probably all think of examples of stereotypes in pop culture, but what happens when the original content is edited multiple times and years apart, changing the stereotype and erasing what we previously saw and heard. Is that change good or bad, and how does it shape our understanding and knowledge of history?

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP48 - An Ode to Black Hair, from Locs and Cornrows to Twists and Braids

Recently there was a viral video of Andrew Johnson, a black teen who was told by a white referee that he could either cut his locs or forfeit his wrestling match. Would it have been the same situation if he had been white? Let's talk about hair and what is fashionable for white people can lead to discrimination for blacks.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP47 - Modern Family, Sofia Vergara, and the Influence of Carmen Miranda

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The term "spicy Latina" has dominated Latinx representations in pop culture since the 1940s. Today we have Modern Family and Sofia Vergara, where she is a Colombian playing a Colombian. But is Vergara a positive representation of Latinx culture, and furthermore is it fair to ask her to be?

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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