“Friends” had its fair share of homophobia throughout its ten-year run. It was also quietly radical.

Carol and Susan’s wedding in Friends Season 2, episode 11 “The One With The Lesbian Wedding”

When it comes to internet listicles about nostalgic shows from the 1990s-00s that have not, “aged well”, to use the broadest of terms, Friends is never far away. It is not difficult to see why, or even find disagreement amongst the most hardcore of fans — with an all-white, all-heterosexual…

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” showcases images from some of our most beloved films, but its use may undermine its very artistic value.

The Iron Giant in the trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner Bros. Pictures

Content Warning: This article references suicide and gun violence – including within a school setting and in an abusive relationship – and may contain triggering material for some readers.

“I am not a gun”, The Iron Giant declares in the climactic ending of the 1999 animated film. The Iron Giant’s

Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) in “Wonder Woman 1984”

Content Warning: This essay makes reference to sexual assault, rape and murder. Reader discretion is advised.

When I watched the scene of one of WW84’s antagonists, Barbara Minerva (player by Kristen Wiig) be stalked and catcalled by a man while walking through the park, I quickly felt uncomfortable. I had…

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in “Wandavision”

The recently-concluded series Wandavision, Disney+’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television project, as well as character Wanda Maximoff’s first solo outing, has been well received by audiences and critics alike. While its genre-bending style and nuanced approach to the superhero genre has been met with praise, there has been criticism…

Gina Carano as Cara Dune in Disney’s “The Mandalorian”

Gina Carano’s highly-publicised firing from the Disney+ Series The Mandalorian has been cited as another example of so-called “cancel culture” by conservative pundits. Cancel culture, a phrase latched onto by Trump-era conservatives, pedals a conspiracy of a social and political climate that ostracises non-progressive ideology and those that possess it…

Advertisements for Lysol as a “feminine hygiene” product (left) and for OMV! by Vagisil (right)

Lysol (known in other countries as Dettol), is known today as a popular household cleaning product containing benzalkonium chloride — an organic salt used as a chemical preservative. In its higher concentrations, the chemical is used to provoke serious changes in the body, as Lysol’s inception in 1889 aimed to…

Queen Latifah as Hattie McDaniel, alongside Laura Harrier’s fictional character, in Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood”.

The afterlife of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award, has largely been one of increasing recognition of her role as a historic trailblazer within the constraints of Jim Crow’s Hollywood. McDaniel, who won the Oscar for her role of “Mammy” in 1939’s Gone With The Wind…

Bethany Gemmell

Recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh, specialising in American history, pop culture, and everything in-between.

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