Entertainment

Rocky is Not the Hero We Remember

Trigger warning: rape culture — When Rocky was released in 1976, New York Times film reviewer Vincent Canby panned the movie’s inconceivability. His lone positive takeaway was Talia Shire, who he called “genuinely touching and funny as an incipient spinster who comes late to sexual life” in her portrayal of …

Dumplin’: A Solid End to a Bad Year for Fat Representation

This review contains some minor spoilers for the new Netflix film, Dumplin’ – 2018 hasn’t been a fantastic year for fat media. Insatiable gave us a thin actress in a fat suit, and a storyline saying she could only be popular and get revenge once she lost weight from being physically incapable …

Why Netflix’s Representation of Disability is Problematic and Damaging

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses ableism, including the use of ableist slurs — In recent months, Netflix has faced controversy for making various disabilities punch lines in several Netflix Originals. These controversies have left me conflicted: on the one hand, as a disabled person I believe in fair, equal, accurate, …

Dietland: Not the Unproblematic Alternative to Insatiable It’s Made Out to Be

TW: Whorephobia, fatphobia, violence, weight loss surgery. Over 215,000 people have signed a petition to stop the release of Netflix’s new ‘comedy-drama’, Insatiable,  released today (10 August 2018). The series has been heavily criticised on social media as being fatphobic and fatmisic (‘misia’ meaning hate/hatred). The synopsis of the show is that …

Freud the Fraud – More Defective than Detective

Trigger Warning: Sexual abuse, victim blaming, mentions of PTSD. — While scrolling Twitter in my lunch hour on Friday, I came across a press release regarding an upcoming Netflix project – an Austrian production simply named Freud. In it, a young, starting out version of the famous psychologist becomes embroiled …

Toxic Masculinity and the Beautiful Game

Trigger Warning: Domestic violence and toxic masculinity. — As the Men’s Football World Cup final approaches, I urge you to cast your mind back to two years ago in the Men’s Football Euro Cup final: to one of the biggest names in football — Cristiano Ronaldo — who took a …

Book Review: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata

Society has certain expectations of how people are meant to live their lives – certainly in other countries these expectations can vary but ultimately, they are often one and the same. Good job, marriage, kids – the trifecta of expectation, but sometimes we are a square peg and, despite our …

Why Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette Is So Powerful

When I tell people the best comedy show I have ever watched made me cry – no, sob – for over an hour, I am met with confusion. Nanette was the show which was supposed to end Hannah Gadsby’s career in comedy. Instead, it has become a seminal piece of …