Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Fifty Shades of Grey, Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show, and Oscar fashion coverage.

The Campy Conservatism of Fifty Shades of Grey

The Campy Conservatism of Fifty Shades of Grey

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Feb. 18 2015 10:36 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Red Room of Pain” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Fifty Shades of Grey, Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show, and Oscar fashion coverage.

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the monster hit Fifty Shades of Grey. Is it tediously conventional or self-consciously campy? Next up, Jon Stewart recently announced that he’ll retire from The Daily Show later this year. Guest Jamelle Bouie joins the critics to talk about why he thinks this is a good thing for the left. Finally, the critics talk about the revolt that some female celebrities have launched against red carpet pageantry. What’s inspiring this award season’s rage against the mani cam?

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Julia: “He Was Present at the Birth of Punk, and He Took Notes” by Charles Curkin in the New York Times

Outro: “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

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