Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Furious 7, casting, and public shaming on the Internet.

The Culture Gabfest Watches Furious 7 

The Culture Gabfest Watches Furious 7 

Slate's weekly roundtable.
April 8 2015 6:12 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Bald Guys Fighting” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Furious 7, casting, and public shaming on the Internet.


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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Furious 7, the latest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Why has this box-office smash enjoyed such wild success? Next up, can a casting director’s work change the shape of an industry? The gabbers discuss the New Yorker’s recent profile of casting director Allison Jones. Finally, Jon Ronson’s book, You’ve Been Publically Shamed, follows people whose transgressions have landed them at the center of public ire on the Internet. Have we been too cruel, or is the criticism well deserved?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:



Dana: Casting By on HBO Go and the scuttling crab emoji in Gmail

Steve “Sugar” by Maroon 5

Outro: “Sugar” by Maroon 5

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

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

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.