Slate's Culture Gabfest on Black Panther, Queer Eye, and the New York Times op-ed page.

How Sympathetic Are We Supposed to Find Black Panther’s Villain?

How Sympathetic Are We Supposed to Find Black Panther’s Villain?

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Feb. 21 2018 12:01 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Redneck Margarita” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Black Panther, Queer Eye, and the New York Times op-ed page.

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This week, the critics are joined by Carvell Wallace to talk about Black Panther, including the film’s take on black identity, how it fits into the superhero genre, and the complexity of its villain, Erik Killmonger. Then, Bryan Lowder helps the gabbers unpack the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye. Does the series successfully reimagine the concept of the “other” or does it expect the hosts to do too much emotional work by offering olive branches to Trump supporters? Finally, the critics discuss the New York Times op-ed page and the brouhaha surrounding Bari Weiss.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

Dana: The audiobook of Call Me By Your Name narrated by Armie Hammer

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Stephen: Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan, and the restaurant Gaskins

Outro: “Panther Dash” by the Go Team

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

Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.