Burst Your Bubble

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

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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).

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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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.

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.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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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.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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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.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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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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EP46 - Conversion Therapy in Pop Culture: From Will & Grace to Boy Erased

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Conversion therapy shows up a lot in pop culture, but how is it shown? As a comedy? As a drama? What time period does the story takes place in? Because depending on what the answers are, these representations can be damaging, sending the message that conversion therapy is the problem of a bygone era.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP45 - Addams Family (Thanksgiving) Values

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Let's talk (real quick) about Addams Family Values (1993) and the infamous Thanksgiving scene.

You can find the full episode script here.

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EP43 - Candyman and the Fear of "Urban Society"

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It's another Halloween episode! This time we're going to focus on Candyman, a 1992 film that plays off a white, middle class audience's fear of "urban society": their fears urban housing projects and the residents living there, all fueled by underlying racism and anti-miscegenation.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP42 - The Exorcist and the Middle Eastern Demon

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It's Halloween season so let's talk about something spooky, creepy, and disturbing, like how the 1973 horror film The Exorcist perfectly packaged anti-Arab sentiment, Islamophobia, and xenophobia to its audience.

You can find the full episode script here.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP39 - The (Supremacist) Wizard of Oz

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L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. The story has turned into a cultural phenomenon, from plays and musicals to movies, most notably as the 1939 film starring July Garland. But scratch the surface and you'll learn that L. Frank Baum was nothing more than a white supremacist.

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EP36 - Scarface and the Mariel Boatlift

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Whether you have or haven't seen the 1983 film Scarface, you'll agree it has its place in pop culture. It's referenced in film, TV, and music; you might know lines from the movie ("Say hello to my little friend!"), and may have seen the infamous movie poster on a college dorm wall or two. But let's talk about how the film, which premiered only three years after the 1980 Mariel Boatlift, showed all Cuban political refugees as criminals.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP27 - Disability, Movies, and the Oscars

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Let's talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act, actors without disabilities portraying characters with disabilities, and the rise of those roles getting Oscar nominations and wins.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP26 - The Little Rascals and the KKK

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In today's episode we're going to talk about how the writers of The Little Rascals were influenced by popular media of the time: the Inglewood Raid and lynchings in newspapers, the film The Birth of a Nation, and music produced and sold by the KKK.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP23 - Islamophobia in the Siege

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For this episode, we’re going to talk about the 1998 film The Siege and how it portrays Arabs and Muslims as terrorists and Islam as a violent religion.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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