The crossover of the wellness industry and conspiracy theorists is real (#DoYourResearch), and we explore why. Speaking of Venn diagrams, a new doco on Netflix has everyone talking about the power and intentions of social media. Kanye’s latest tweet-rant resonates, and a doco on Cathy Freeman’s iconic Olympic gold has us crying, and reflecting on what has and hasn’t changed in the past 20 years.
The wellness realm has fallen into conspiritualism:...
It’s the end of an era as Keeping Up With The Kardashians calls time. We reflect back on the empire (and wealth) this family has built, and why now is the right time to finish. An op-ed penned by robot AI has the human world in a tizz, meanwhile a phenomenon around bookstores and toilets has us oversharing. And everyone is talking about Billie Piper’s incredible performance in I Hate Suzie.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians:...
The pandemic is proving to us how much we need to connect with one another. Luckily ingenuity + the internet is here to help this week. A longread on Katy Perry’s music has us digging into the shifting landscape of pop, artistic authenticity, social media, and more. And Michaela Coel’s acclaimed TV series has a surprise landing on Australian screens, finally!
The Joys of Looking Outside a Strangers Window:...
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The normally apolitical Ms Dolly Parton has spoken out in support of Black Lives Matter, which has us looking back at the Dolly Parton’s America podcast and thinking about the theme of “unity” that is dominating US politics this week. Cardi B has interviewed Joe Biden, and Cher is VOLUNTEERING (all caps) at her local post office. 2020, you’re a wild time! And a report auditing diversity on Australian broadcast news and current affairs has us shocked but not surprised. We chat about where the...
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have caused a ruckus online following the release of their sex positive collab “WAP”, but the reactions to it’s message are divided, and the hot takes are multiplying. We dive in. Meanwhile Nick Cave has weighed in on the cancel culture debate, and a couple of twins in Indiana are bringing us joy with their reactions to songs we thought everyone had heard. Myf bangs on about the new Trace true-crime podcast and Zan sticks it out with comedy-drama series The...
The rise and (possible) fall of Ellen DeGeneres has been filling the feeds, and we’re deciphering what it all means. Beyoncé has dropped her new visual album "Black is King", and Myf has managed to find a Disney+ login to watch it. And even though there are no runways, we've found a fashion accessory to keep us going in this lockdown. To the dog park.
Black and white selfies of “women supporting women” have been flooding our feeds this week, but why? Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez’s speech on the floor of US Congress has us fist pumping, while Taylor Swift’s surprise album has the music world reviewing. We give our take, somewhat fearfully, due to Swiftie stans. And as it is written, so it shall be done; the KFC Crocs collab is finally here. Plus, Zan is in awe of Julia Baird's book Phosphorescence and Myf takes a journey with Miriam Margolyes....
It’s been a turbulent week for Kanye West, and the responses to his breakdowns has us again discussing the understanding and compassion towards mental health in celebrity culture. Netflix’s 3 seasons and you’re out policy prompts us to take a bigger look at the legacy of great television series, and how streaming services are disrupting the game. Plus, fashion face masks and what does the demise of Q Mag mean for long form music journalism? Myf also shares her love for a new show created by...
The Australian music industry is experiencing its first public #MeToo moment and we’re wondering what it will take to create real systemic change, in this small scene. Meanwhile, an exceptional feature on Thandie Newton has us pumped up, and people cutting cakes that look like things that are not cakes has us confused. The Free Britney movement is rising again, giving new context to her social media posts. And a new look wetsuit has Myf absolutely jazzed.
The Australian Music...
It’s open season on open letters denouncing cancellation culture. But are the people calling the call outs just replicating what they’re fighting against? Yeezy season is well and truly upon us, with Kanye running for President. And we’re digging into the latest adaptation of High Fidelity, and what do we make of Hamilton on the small screen?
SMH Open Letter:...
By popular demand, Eurovision host and expert Myf weighs in on Will Ferrell’s Eurovision movie "The Story of Fire Saga". While Zan bangs on about Mrs America. Kanye and Kim have had a big week of music, fashion, and Freesian horses, and we’re here for it. All of it. And a “Ken and Karen” of Missouri are the pin ups of white privilege, and the source of many a meme. Speaking of the internet, various viral posts have us questioning truth, critical thinking, and where to from here, in this bin...
An investigation into sexual harassment at the highest levels of Australian law has us talking about the systemic abuse of power that women are subjected to every day. It’s the end of the road for the Segway, and the start of a new project by Beyonce. And an American comedian has made our week with her Barbie Quarantine Dreamhouse.
Myf’s Sovereign Hill Deb dress: https://twitter.com/MyfWarhurst/status/1275675671176663055
Zan’s “anti-Deb” dress:...
Can callout culture create actionable change? The removing and recontextualising of past problematic art is one thing, but we’re reminded to keep our foot on the pedal when there are some big issues at stake. A piece on 1997 fashion is a stretch (but of course we’ll take it), and a new podcast on Debutante Balls has us looking at this old tradition through a new lens.
Patrick Lenton in Junkee: https://junkee.com/black-lives-matter-protests-distraction/257545
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The world is responding to call outs for change, with major publications, streaming services, and organisations taking responsibility for past practices and platforming, and also reassessing how they work differently into the future. TV shows are buried, statues of slave traders are toppled, while some are only just learning that Tom Morello’s rage isn’t against his dishwasher. JK Rowling has doubled down on her stance on trans women, causing Potterheads (not least recent fan Zan) to question...
The world is a very different place to where we left you more than eight months ago! And we’re catching up on what we’ve learned in this new “normal”. Following the killing of George Floyd, and protests in both America and Australia on racial injustice, the music industry this week responded with a blackout. But the confused messaging on social media has people wondering if these conversation will continue beyond the news cycle. And in this bin fire of a year, rest assured, Myf has found some...
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Myf and Zan are reunited and catching up on another massive week. On the east coast of America, Greta Thunberg is making waves with her impassioned fight for climate change action but a certain type of man is bent on bringing her down. Meanwhile on the west, the Emmys are on and we’re dissecting the farshun on ground. Jonathan Van Ness is absent, but in the news for other reasons: a revealing interview with the New York Times. And we’re banging on for one last time for the year, before Zan...
Myf wakes Zan up at a ridiculous hour in Germany, where she’s been busy trying to get into all the coolest clubs, before she begins her judging duties for the ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award. We celebrate Hannah Gadsby’s Emmy win while questioning how Beyonce missed out on six awards. As well, suggested new rules for dealing with trolls have us thinking about the best way to deal with nastiness online. And of course we do what everyone’s doing and throw our faces into...
Myf and Zan are dealing with another bad take by a repeat offender, and going in to bat for the chicken parma. A long read in The Cut has the internet ablaze, but why are we so thirsty for watching public take downs? And the unveiling of a statue of AFLW player Tayla Harris speaks for more than just one woman. We’re banging on about a gripping new podcast, and there’s some big Bang news to share with the Bang Fam too.
Chicken parma is the worst dish ever:...
#122: Flume, Taylor vs Tool, Unwanted Kisses
Myf and Zan sink their teeth into another big week, and it’s a real peach. Flume has been setting the internet on fire with his antics at Burning Man, Taylor Swift fans don’t know or understand Tool and it’s a vibe. Meanwhile an unwanted kiss at a charity event sparks a conversation around the different greetings men and women receive, and the earliest invasions of personal space. And we have a fashion update. Oh yes we do.
What a smorgasbord of hot topics Myf and Zan have this week. The MTV VMA’s have given us eye candy for days, and peaked with two killer performances from legends, new and old. Someone has mapped and analysed Taylor Swift’s journey “London Boy”, and we’re here for it (and how much it’d cost), and a food video has taken things too far. Meanwhile the G7 is on, and the tenets of sexism are on full display with the leaders wives.
Missy Elliott at the VMA’s:...
Myf and Zan start their week with a story about dogs watching musicals, and go from there. A piece on how podcasts are pitching products has us thinking about the creative (and sometimes insidious) ways brands are selling. And a conversation between Pharrell Williams and Billie Eilish has us punching our fists in the air for the present. Meanwhile the 200th anniversary of a dictionary strikes a chord, and Myf is banging on about ponies (up there with Paddle Steamers). Oh and we fall into an...