Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Edgar Wright’s new film The World’s End, Miley Cyrus’ controversial and racially charged VMA performance, and amusement parks.

Was Miley Cyrus’ Performance at the VMAs Worthy of the Outrage It Provoked?  The Slate Culture Gabfest Weighs In.

Was Miley Cyrus’ Performance at the VMAs Worthy of the Outrage It Provoked?  The Slate Culture Gabfest Weighs In.

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Aug. 28 2013 12:49 PM

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Slate's podcast about the new film The World’s End, Miley Cyrus’ “racy” performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and amusement parks.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss the The World’s End, the final film in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy. The film follows five childhood friends who reunite in middle age to conquer the Golden Mile—a herculean beer binge across 12 pubs in the fictional Newton Haven, England—and find themselves in a position to save the world. The gabfest reviews the film and situates it among this summer’s other apocalypse parodies. Next, with the help of Slate critic Aisha Harris, the gabbers take on Miley Cyrus’ now-viral performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, which featured an African-American dance crew, a twerking Miley, and a foam finger in all the wrong places. Was it racist? Over-sexed? Or just terribly awkward? Lastly, the gabfest celebrates the end of summer with a discussion of amusement parks: their hedonism, romance, and iconic place in an American summer.

Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:



June: The summer wardrobes on USA’s Royal Pains and Suits.

John: Good Humor’s King Cone.

Sam: “There Can Be Only One,” a new single off of Cass McCombs’ forthcoming album Big Wheel and Others.


Julia: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

Outro: “There Can Be Only One,” by Cass McCombs.

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Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.