Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Hail, Caesar!, “Formation,” and the Super Bowl ads.

What Beyoncé’s “Formation” Says About Capitalism, Wealth, and Ownership

What Beyoncé’s “Formation” Says About Capitalism, Wealth, and Ownership

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Feb. 10 2016 9:26 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Beyoncé Wins the Super Bowl” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Hail, Caesar!, “Formation,” and the Super Bowl ads.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Hail, Caesar!, a new film directed by the Coen brothers about Hollywood fixer and studio executive, Eddie Mannix. Do the film’s small moments and great performances add up to an interesting movie? Next up, guest Wesley Morris joins to parse Beyoncé’s video “Formation,” which blew up the Internet this weekend. Is it an anthem for capitalism or for radical change? Finally, Seth Stevenson brings the gabbers the Super Bowl 50 ad report. What made an impression, what fell flat, and what is a puppy monkey baby?

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Outro: “Formation” by Beyoncé

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

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