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Equality issues hilighted through celebrity pop culture including pay inequality, sexism, misogyny, role limitations with age, and other societal issues also present in Hollywood.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Dear Gossips, 

Hannah Gadsby’s name has been coming up in my feeds for a few weeks now. Then Sarah texted me this weekend, OH MY GOD YOU HAVE TO WATCH NANETTE ON NETFLIX. The timing was perfect. I watched it yesterday, Pride Sunday. Last week, it was Beyoncé taking over revered artistic spaces that for too long prioritised one perspective over another. And this week, for me anyway, it was Hannah Gadsby challenging art, its legends and its gatekeepers, urging us to think differently about the way we perceive creativity and the people whose creations, up to very recently, were protected at the expense of others. How many stories have been ignored because we were all told that certain stories were more important than others? What has been the artistic, and therefore, human cost of that kind of selective programming? You start to get some idea of that as Hannah tells her story. 

Her point about laughter resonates with me now, in particular, as another Pride month comes to a close: 

“Laughter is not the medicine. Stories hold our cure.”

Pride has always been about celebration and protest in equal measure, for there is still so much work to be done. “Violence against transgender people is on the rise” and trans women of colour are especially vulnerable. This is true both in North America and in the UK where many feel that there’s an “epidemic of violence against trans people”. Celebration and laughter then is not enough to bring the change. But, perhaps, as Hannah says, we can all be a part of that change by recognising that there are different stories that should be told and listening when the subjects of those stories are trying to tell them. That there is so much for us to unlearn and then learn anew about sensitivity and kindness, about the way we speak to and about each other, about the way we treat each other. I am right there, probably well behind you,  unlearning and learning with you, enlightened by the wisdom of disruptors like Hannah, who have sacrificed so much of themselves to lead. 

Yours in gossip,


Janelle’s BET vagina monologue 

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at June 25, 2018 13:44:16 June 25, 2018 13:44:16
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Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer is one of the best albums of 2018. Janelle Monae has become one of the most influential artists of the year not only because of the strength of her work but also because she came out as a queer woman in Rolling Stone in April Full Story

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Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette: an extraordinary plea for empathy

Sarah Posted by Sarah at June 25, 2018 13:18:10 June 25, 2018 13:18:10
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Jokes, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby tells us, are a two-part structure: set-up and punchline. And the problem with jokes, she goes on, is that they have no resolution. In her new comedy special, Nanette, Gadsby tells us how she “sealed off” her coming-out story at its “trauma point” by turning it into a previous comedy routine. Full Story

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Dear Gossips,

  If you’ve been visiting this blog regularly over the last 15 years, maybe you’re tired of me evangelising about YA books. I’m not sorry about this. My favourite book, period, of 2017 was Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give.  Read Full Intro

Pitching Into The Abyss

Duana Posted by Duana at June 15, 2018 17:10:56 June 15, 2018 17:10:56
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It started with one badass. Well. Many badasses.    When Variety published their panelists for “A Night In The Writers Room”, there were 12 showrunners named – including 11 men. Names you know, like Judd Apatow and Michael Schur and David Shore. This was obviously bullsh-t, and was called out as such by women in TV everywhere – including many, many female showrunners. Full Story

Brie Larson Speaks Out

Sarah Posted by Sarah at June 15, 2018 15:07:58 June 15, 2018 15:07:58
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I would like to get through one goddamn week without something in the world being on fire, because frankly, I am f*cking exhausted of constantly having to beg to be recognized as an equal member of society. Please pay me the same, please give me the same opportunities, please don’t harm me. Just let women do more stuff, pay us fairly for our work, and stop f*cking murdering us when we say “no”. Full Story

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Awkwafina summer and Annie’s new stylist

Lainey Posted by Lainey at June 6, 2018 16:02:42 June 6, 2018 16:02:42
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Of the eight members of Ocean’s 8, Awkwafina aka Nora Lum, is the one who, you could say, is new to this. As she told The Guardian last year, “There are definitely people who are confused that I was cast – I was confused. They are a group of idols. Full Story

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Issa Rae, for the culture 

Kathleen Posted by Kathleen at June 5, 2018 17:08:22 June 5, 2018 17:08:22
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Let me tell you all the ways I love Issa Rae. She's given me a lot of reasons to love her lately. First, let's start with the CFDAs. She hosted the awards, looking flawless per usual, rocking the sh-t out of a Pyer Moss gown. The gown is great but it's the belt that I want to focus on. Issa's belt reads: Every N---- is a Star  The belt was Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond's idea. Full Story

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