Game of Thrones, Taylor Swift, Scandal—oh my! So much of the pop culture we consume is a guilty pleasure—media we're a little embarrassed to admit we kinda love. Some guilty pleasures are truly shlock. But at the same time, what's considered highbrow media is colored by race, class, and gender. Pop culture made by and for women is often treated less seriously than books, movies, and TV shows that are all about men.
On this podcast episode, we explore what we consider guilty pleasures and how identity impacts what culture we consider worthwhile. The ladies of Good Muslim/Bad Muslim confess their guilty pleasures, we hear from a reality TV producer about how shows like The Real World impact fiction writing, a Game of Thrones fan wonders when a guilty pleasure is no longer pleasurable, and Joshunda Sanders phones in with her thoughts on Scandal. Plus, I talk with writer Sarah Marshall about our shared love of macho action movies and how the new Mad Max feels different. Listen in!
GOOD MUSLIM/BAD MUSLIM:
GAME OF THRONES THOUGHTS:
INTERVIEW ON FICTION AND REALITY TV:
MACHO ACTION FILMS AND MAD MAX:
There are so many great people on this episode. Thanks to Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh of Good Muslim/Bad Muslim, Joshunda Sanders, writer Elizabeth King, and unrepentant Arnold fan Sarah Marshall. The reality TV interview was originally featured on Joyland podcast Truth and Fiction. The photo of the deadly donut featured on this episode was taken by Mathieu Thouvenin. Music for this episode comes from Blue Dot Sessions—check out their many acoustic tracks for film and media.
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