Pop culture moments have always caused ripple effects into culture in general. But with the tumultuous political atmosphere in America right now and the rise of Christian Nationalism and the Conservative party gaining traction, pop culture figures paying attention to politics is more important now than ever.
This week on the podcast we’re looking at…
Brands and music fans continue to berated Hailey Bieber, going as far to yell “fuck Hailey Bieber” during Justin Bieber’s appearance at Rolling Loud Festival. All of this further illustrates the trope of the “unlikeable woman” that validates harassing “bad women.”
Cole Sprouse makes an appearance on Call Her Daddy podcast, discussing his break with ex-girlfriend and actress Lili Reinhart, the time he lost his virginity, and his mother who started him in acting as a way to earn money for the family. We examine the way Sprouse talks about the women in his life, and how his past actions reflect a pattern of covert misogyny.
Joshua Bassett won Teen Choice Awards’ “Favorite Male TV Star” and gave an acceptance speech thanking God and sharing his return to faith and calling others to do the same. We discuss what it means for a celebrity to endorse religion in a time when pop culture is effecting general culture in an era of Christian Nationalism on the rise, and what this means for Americans moving forward.
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Sources for Cole Sprouse & Joshua Bassett in an Era of Misogyny and Christian Nationalism
Avril & Tyga TikTok explainer
A list of brands who participated in making content around the Hailey Bieber Hate Campaign (on Twitter)
The crowd at Rolling Loud yelling “Fuck Hailey Bieber during Justin Bieber’s performance with Don Toliver (on Twitter)
Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (Behavioral Scientist at UMD) on Twitter
Cole Sprouse Talks Disney Exploitation, ‘Mommy Issues’, and Lili Reinhart Breakup on ‘Call Her Daddy’ (Rolling Stone, CT Jones, March 8, 2023)
‘My testimony is my healing’: Disney star shares Gospel in speech after TV award win (Premier Christian News, Sophie Drew, March 10, 2023)
TN House Passes Bill Letting Clerks Refuse Marriage Licenses to LGBTQ Couples (Truthout, Chris Walker, March 8th 2023)
Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage (Gallup, Justin McCarthy, June 2021)
Same-Sex Marriage Support Inches Up to New High of 71% (Gallup, Justin McCarthy, June 2022)
Buried by the Times by Laurel Leff – review by Daniel Johnson (Commentary.org, May 2005)
Kendra Pierre-Louis, Climate Reporter, on Twitter
These readers survived the Holocaust. This is what worries them about America today (LA Times, Hanna Barczyk, January 2022)
The Growing Anti-Democratic Threat of Christian Nationalism in the U.S. (TIME, Andrew Whitehead, May 2021)
Christian Nationalism Is ‘Single Biggest Threat’ to America’s Religious Freedom (Americanprogoress.org, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, April 2022)
What the Weimar Republic Can Teach Us About Modern Democracy (Smithsonian Magazine, Meilan Solly, April 2019)
Were the Weimar Republic’s cultural revolutions the most progressive at that time? (NewsTalk, July 2014)
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