The Racism We Don’t Notice

How BlackkKlansmen Made Me Rethink My Own Racial Bias.

 

White people in America have a weird binary view of racism. If you say the N-word, you’re racist. If you don’t, you’re in the clear. But racism doesn’t begin and end with that word. There are a thousand ways white people contribute to a racially charged atmosphere that we may not even realize, even if we have the best of intentions.

 

Since watching BlackkKlansman, I’ve been thinking about some of my own ingrained prejudices. I’ve always had this sort of “Ugh” attitude toward Spike Lee. Didn’t know why, just never really liked him. And when I went to see BlackkKlansman, I started to wonder what the source of my dislike was. That’s when I realized that my parents constantly bashed him when I was a kid. That’s it. That’s the only reason. He is a black man who tells stories about the black experience and racism and it made my parents uncomfortable, so they talked about how much they disliked him. So I disliked him too, even if I didn’t understand why.

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Season 1 Restack Bonus Episode!

SURPRISE! We’re coming at you with a super special “sorta” episode in which we – that is, Nick “Oooooooooooooolas” Friedemann, and Graham “Teabaggin'” Mason – rearrange the episodes how we think they should go. Enjoy.

 


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Bradley David Parsons inspired by JG Thrilwell

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1.13: Return to Spider Skull Island

We did it, guys! We finished a whole season of Venture Bros. Can you believe it? Nick “The Man From Down Under” Friedemann, and Graham “Marilyn Manson” Mason are back yet again to talk about RETURN TO SPIDER SKULL ISLAND. Each of us also list our top five episodes of the season. Lot of a good stuff here, so hit that play button!

 


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Why Can’t DC and Marvel Just Be Friends?

“I’m more of a DC guy.  I’m a Marvel girl.”

Everyone I’ve ever known who was into comics has said a version of this at some point in their lives – myself included, and to some extent, I get it. Much like the old Coke vs Pepsi argument, while being essentially the same product, they have a slightly different flavor.  But as I’ve gotten older I’ve sort of started to soften on my edges and ask why? Why, if I love Star Wars is it forbidden to love Star Trek? Xbox vs Playstation? Chicago Hope Vs E.R.? Okay that last one is a bit of a throwback, but you get what I’m saying.

It’s very strange to love something, so much that you’ll fight with your friends and family for hours about it, when from an outside perspective, it’s all basically the same thing! Personally, I think the ultimate argument is DC vs Marvel. It’s a huge rivalry, and it’s entirely stupid.  Throughout the history of both of these companies, they have ripped each other off so many times that the argument of who is better is moot; they are the same. I’m going to go through some of the big arguments and see if I can poke enough holes to try to end this crazy rivalry.

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Episode #244 – Annihilation

This week on the podcast we’re talking about Annihilation, the next film from Alex Garland – the writer and director of Ex Machina. It’s quite the doozy of a film that asks a lot of interesting questions about the nature of humanity and the world at large. Joining us on this trippy extravaganza is special guest and friend of the show Johnny Recher, who transforms into a shrieking skull bear and consumes us all. Just kidding. We actually spend a good chunk of the episode making bear jokes and references.

 

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Crazy Rich Mommy Issues

Move over, Thanos. Eleanor Young is this year’s most formidable and well-written movie villain.

 

This past week saw the release of Crazy Rich Asians. Based on Kevin Kwan’s popular book of the same name, the film tells the story of Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American economics professor who goes to her longtime boyfriend’s home of Singapore to meet his family for the first time. Nick Young, her handsome and humble beau, neglects to mention that his family is one of the wealthiest in Singapore. Rachel is tossed into a world where social status, protocol, and family are everything, and she has to justify her love for Nick despite coming from what they consider nothing. Her biggest detractor is Nick’s mother Eleanor, played by Michelle Yeoh.

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1.12: The Trial of the Monarch

This week on the show Bryan, Graham “prickly son-of-a-bitch” Mason, and Nick-o-las “the o-las” Friedemann talk about Bryan’s all time favorite episode of season one – The Trial of the Monarch. Great opening scene, lots of world-building setup and payoff. Mecha Shiva!

 


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Episode #243 – Puppet Movies Battle

We’ve got the battle episode to end all battle episodes, except we aren’t ending these any time soon. It’s a battle of Puppet Movies. In one corner we have Emily with a Muppet Family Christmas. In the next corner we have special guest and friend of the show Johnny Recher bringing Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas to the ring. Next is Jon with Team America: World Police, and then Sam with Child’s Play. It’s an eclectic mix of puppetry you won’t want to miss!

 

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San Diego Comic Con 2018: A Tale of Many Steps

Emily recaps her favorite week of the year!

 

I’m a little late on this post. I had the bright idea to move three days after Con ended, so after 10 days straight of walking a billion steps and being socially active and then packing and picking up heavy things and then cleaning, I passed out in my new bathtub and soaked there until I woke up and realized I’d put off my recap for way too long.

 

So here it is, my rundown of San Diego Comic Con 2018, a distant memory now, of the time before the great migration to New Apartment. But I like to share my five-day journey for all the people who couldn’t be there, or for anyone who wants to relive the greatest week of the year.

 

Before you read this, know that I had plantar fasciitis the entire time. I walked like, 20,000 steps a day while sort of pretending everything was totally fine. It was not fine, and eventually my foot just fell off, but I kept walking. Heroic? Maybe. Painful? Definitely. Worth it? Present Me will say yes and let Future Me deal with the long-term consequences.

 

If you learn nothing else from this article, you should take my advice on two points: 1) Do not move the week after Comic Con and 2) Don’t have plantar fasciitis the week of con.

 

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1.11: Past Tense

This week Bryan, Graham “The Fart Master” Mason, and Nick-O-Las “the not in Canada” Friedemann sit down to discuss the third to last episode of season one: Past Tense.

 


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