“Your stylist turned out to be prophetic in his wardrobe choice. Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem.“ ― Catching Fire, 2013
We were interviewed by the good people at Pop Insomniacs about the podcast! Here’s a snippet:
2. Race, ethnicity, and gender is a huge theme in the podcast. Why do you feel it’s important to talk about these issues, especially in regards to pop culture?
Zeba: It’s important to talk about these things mainly because there’s been this myth, this narrative telling us all to ignore these issues so that they’ll eventually go away. Our podcast is basically a fuck you in response to that, because it’s that very mode of ignoring said issues that’s resulted in the dearth of people of color, women, queer, and disabled people in movies and TV. It’s that mode that results in little black girls living in white suburbs growing up thinking that they’re worthless because they don’t look like Jennifer Lawrence or Angelina Jolie. It’s that mode that makes a white audience unable to see the humanity of a black character like Rue inThe Hunger Games – an inability that directly ties into how they may feel about the humanity of POC in general.
Not to get too real, but at the end of the day this is some real shit – entertainment effects our attitudes and ideas about ourselves and each other more than we know, and me and Fariha want to call out the bad stuff and celebrate the good stuff but most importantly make sure thatsomething is being discussed, always.
Fariha: I think it’s necessary, nay vital! And really the future of the pop culture rhetoric. I think that in order to truly transition into a more developed society we need to overcome some institutional problems, whether that pertains to race, class, etc. Open dialogue really is the only way any real change can come about and the truth is there are many misconceptions that our society still operates on, i.e. that we live in a post-feminist and/or a post-racial world, which is completely bogus.
Something that has become incontestable through the duration of this podcast is how much we need to have “this conversation” (in regards to race/feminism) because there are large numbers of people that are completely oblivious to the plight of POCs and WOCs in the world. And, of course, POCs are not exempted from being racist. I’ve heard a lot of racist things been said from people I know, whether they’re black or Asian or members of my family, so that’s why I always try to emphasize the importance ofeveryone’seducation. This podcast isn’t about pointing out why white people are ignorant (though that is the conclusion we often come to…) but it’s about how all of us need to enlighten each other and one really effective way to do that is through communication.
Read the rest over at Pop Insomniacs here!
hole in the middle; mellie grant [LISTEN]
i. hole in the middle | emily jane white ii. dark doo wop | ms mr iii. bang bang (my baby shot me down) (cover) | sky ferreira iv. starring role | marina and the diamonds v. help i’m alive | metric vi. kiss with a fist | florence + the machine vii. my body is a cage (cover) | sara lov viii. dead in the water | ellie goulding ix. where is my mind (cover) | sunday girl x. so cold | ben cocks (ft. nikisha reyes-pile)