Burst Your Bubble

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

Filtering by Category: racism

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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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

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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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.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP44 - BoJack Horseman, Whitewashing, and Diane Nguyen

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BoJack Horseman might be a wonderful show, but it's not without its flaws. Let's talk about why representation is important, how using white actors to voice animated characters of color is still whitewashing, and Diane Nguyen - a Vietnamese American character who is voiced by a white woman.

You can find the full episode script here.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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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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EP41 - Harry Belafonte Frames 1968

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For one week in 1968, singer and activist Harry Belafonte guest hosted the Tonight Show for Johnny Carson. Belafonte and his guests talked about the Vietnam War, poverty, native rights, race, and interracial relationships, making his one week stint an encapsulating lesson of the turbulent year that was 1968.

You can find the full episode script here.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP40 - Orange is the New Black

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I have a love/hate relationship with Orange is the New Black. While you could argue that the show has a diverse cast of characters bringing representations to media, it's also easy for those characters to also turn into "token" characters, especially when it comes to Sophia Burset.

You can find the full episode script here.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP38 - Firefly and East Asian Representation (or Lack Thereof)

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Although it was only on TV for less than a full season, Firefly has become a cult classic. And while I'll admit that I'm a fan of the show, there's on big problem: although Firefly is inspired by East Asian culture, there aren't any East Asian actors.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP37 - MTV's Questionable History

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What do you think of when you think of MTV? Reality TV? TRL? Beavis and Butt-head? Because depending on when you started watching MTV you might remember it for what it truly was: a music channel that tried to only play white rock artists.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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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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EP35 -The Two Sides of Roseanne

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Let's talk about the two sides of Roseanne: the fictional Roseanne Conner and the real life Roseanne Barr. What do representations of race and gender presentation mean on a show when so closely linked to a woman who sends out racist and transphobic tweets? Can we separate the art from the artist? And should we?

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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EP31 - How Black Voices Shaped Good Times

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For this episode we’re going to talk about Good Times and how it was truly a product of its time. From Black Power to the Moynihan Report, the show was a reaction to images of black life and black representations in the media.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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