This week we talked about the overwhelming whiteness of Hollywood award season and honored Martin Luther King Jr.
Greetings and Happy Friday, everyone. We’ve got a little bit about the 2016 U.S. elections, a talented student, plus the usual bits of entertainment news. Let’s get started:
Did you enjoy spreading some internet rumors? Are you ready for some more falsehoods and untruths (with a few sort of real things sprinkled in for the internet sleuths)?
This week, let’s talk about why teen girls should think about getting IUDs, why some men are weirdly excited to be called “evil,” and why no app can stop sexual assault. Also, weddings and babies! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Will Take “That’s Sexist!” for $400, Alex
Have you ever wanted to be on a game show? Me, I always wanted to be on Jeopardy!, even when I was a kid. I watched all the time, always calling out as many questions as I could, feeling superior when I did better than the contestants on the TV, imagining that one day I’d be standing at one of those podiums. Well, a funny thing happened… Read More I’ll Take “Lunchtime Poll” for $200, Alex
This is part two of a two-part essay. The first part is here.
The first, and maybe most important thing, is that the game show mentality is intense and fucked up. I was wary of it going into taping, but naively I assumed that because Jeopardy! was somehow a more intellectual game, the game-show creepiness would be in the background. I didn’t go into this blind, you know – I’ve watched Requiem for a Dream, I’d read The Hunger Games right before my trip, and so I was understandably wary of any artificial construct of winning and losing in front of a live studio audience. Read More I Didn’t Want to Win Money. I Avoid Competition. So How Did I End Up on Jeopardy? (Part II)
This story starts at the end: Last week, I watched myself on national television. I was a contestant in regular-season adult Jeopardy!, and I lost spectacularly, but I think I looked pretty good in the process. I had not been looking forward to the viewing party, though.