No phrase has sparked more anger and confusion in 2019 than “cancel culture.” Such that the concept itself has become meaningless. Like the Bogeyman or marriage as an institution, cancel culture is a force both real and not real. Invisible, scary, unnerving—a “source of fear for many Americans,” according to Andrew Yang—cancel culture appears out of nowhere to snatch all that is sacred (often fame, money, notoriety) away from the persons facing cancelation. Boo! It’s me, cancel culture. Does anything ever truly get canceled, though? Doesn’t matter! Jezebel has decided it’s time to cancel something or someone for good. Despite what that may sound like, this process does not involve murder. Per civic duty—as with our previous March Madness brackets, most recently Pre-Apocalpyse vs. Post-Apocalypse—you’ll be voting in Jezebel’s Cancel Bracket 2019. The internet gave cancelation a new life in 2019 and made cancel … [Read more...] about Welcome to Jezebel’s Cancel Tournament 2019
Why cancel culture is good
For the majority of prime-time network television’s history, animated series rarely made an appearance. With the exception of Hanna-Barbera’s brief ’60s output (The Flintstones, The Jetsons) and the routine holiday specials, prime-time TV was hostile territory for animated programming. Until The Simpsons. When Fox’s gamble on Matt Groening’s creations became a massive hit in 1989, it didn’t just establish arguably the most successful TV show of all time. It also brought about a new era of openness to animation—and a new era of closing down many of those same programs with the usual cold-blooded cancelation strategy the networks applied to their live-action series. Below, we pay tribute to the 18 animated programs that have appeared on network TV post-Simpsons that failed to make it through an entire season. These are the wannabes that never were, cut down before they had a chance to make a lasting impression—unless you count failure. … [Read more...] about Not ready for prime time: 18 animated series that didn’t make it a full season
Taylor Swift, designated gay icon by the Kaylor community and herself, can explain the whole rainbow, glitter-dusted, LGBTQ celebration that her new album Lover has brought us. Because while it seems like it’s done in good faith, it also feels like it came out of nowhere. In a Vogue cover story by writer Abby Aguirre—who seems to think gay advocacy has been an explicit theme in Swift’s songs, apparently for years, including the lyric “boys and boys and girls and girls” in “Welcome to New York” (to which I say, mmkay)—Swift explained, essentially, why now. Why drag queens and rainbow flags in her messaging now? Aguirre asked about it: “Maybe a year or two ago, Todrick and I are in the car, and he asked me, What would you do if your son was gay?” We are upstairs in Swift’s secret garden, comfortably ensconced in a human-scale basket that is sort of shaped like a cocoon. Swift has brought up an ornate charcuterie board … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Explains Her Recent LGBTQ Advocacy to
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of masked, motorbike-riding super hero "Kamen Rider" ("Masked Rider"). How will this milestone be marked? Why, with hotpants. A Japanese record label is teaming up with the franchise's production company to create "Kamen Rider Girls", a Japanese pop unit with five girls ranging in ages 18-20 and representing different incarnations of Kamen Rider. Advertisement Kamen Rider is a tokusatsu TV series that debuted in the early 1970s. The show spawned movies, manga, video games and even international adaptations like Masked Rider in America. During the previous decade, tokusatsu shows began increasingly popular with the advent of Ultraman. But Kamen Rider owed more to a late 1950s program called "Gekkou Kamen" or "Moonlight Mask". The program debuted in 1958. Moonlight Mask, with his bike and pistol, was a hit with the kids. While American kids in the 1950s were dressing up as Davy Crockett, Japanese kids were wearing capes and turbans. Even … [Read more...] about Go Go (Away) Kamen Rider Girls!
In the movies, right after a spy loads up on gadgets, they get their "cover identity," or the person they should pretend to be to get behind enemy lines or into the villain's lair. You can use cover identities too, whether you want to blend in with the locals while traveling, negotiate on your boss's behalf, impress a colleague with your knowledge, or just fool someone into thinking you're someone else for fun. Here's how. In spy movies, when someone assumes a cover, they don't really do much to make it their own, but in the real world cover identities can require years of training and logistical support, especially Non-official covers, which require the operative to completely conceal their true identity. Whether it's a short assignment or multiple years, keeping up a disguise is an extremely difficult thing to do. Still, many intelligence professionals do, and never even get the chance to complain about it. Advertisement Why You Might Want to Assume a Cover Maintaining a cover … [Read more...] about How to Choose (and Maintain) a Cover Identity