Burst Your Bubble

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

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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.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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