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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:
- Black Panther preview
- “Black Panther Is a Marvel Movie Superpowered by Its Ideas” by Jamelle Bouie in Slate
- “Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America” by Carvell Wallace in the New York Times
- Queer Eye
- Willa’s review of Queer Eye in Slate
- “What Is Queer Eye Looking For?” by J. Bryan Lowder in Slate
- “The End of Men” by Hanna Rosin in the Atlantic
- Gay of Thrones
- “Respect First, Then Gun Control” by David Brooks in the New York Times
- Bari Weiss’ Twitter feed
- James Bennet’s editorial memo reprinted by HuffPost
Dana: The audiobook of Call Me By Your Name narrated by Armie Hammer
Outro: “Panther Dash” by the Go Team
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This podcast was produced by Benjamin Frisch. The production assistant is Daniel Schroeder.