Burst Your Bubble

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

Filtering by Category: whitewashing

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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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EP17 - Latin America in Good Neighbor Films

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For this episode, we're going to talk about U.S. foreign policy and how it shaped Hollywood's representation of Latin America in the 1940s, creating films full of racism, whitewashing, exoticism, and sexual objectification.

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EP12 - Blackface, Sounding Black, and Beulah

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I love radio, but I don't have to love its history. Let's talk about how minstrelsy, blackface, and stereotypes shaped radio and helped frame the first sitcom to star a black star.

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EP05 - Anna May Wong Part II

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Last episode you got to learn all about Anna May Wong, and this episode we're finishing up the cliffhanger! You'll hear about how American views about the Chinese and Chinese Americans shifted in the 1930s and WWII.

Art by Jeremy Ferris.

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