By now, any of you who’ve read my articles know that I love Disney. I try to visit the parks once a year, I dress up like Belle for cons, and my kids are even named after characters from a Disney video game. But that being said, Disney isn’t without its flaws.
From gaping plot holes to straight-up racism, Disney has a secret world of sh*t they’d like you to forget about. So grab your popcorn, and read on as I break down my grievances with the most magical media conglomerate on Earth from their least offensive tripe to the blatantly obnoxious. Continue reading →
It’s just a few days after Netflix realized season 6 of Orange is the New Black and of course I have binged it all. Several times. I love this show and I’ve been with it from the very beginning. I love these ladies and their stories, I cry with them, laugh with them, root for them, etc. I love that this show is something unlike anything else out there right now. Season 5 of OITNB left me with a lot of questions and fear for what would happen next. In my opinion, season 5 was a knock out of a season and I was afraid season 6 wouldn’t deliver, but oh boy, was I wrong. This is officially your warning that this review will mention spoilers. Turn back now if you haven’t watched yet. Alright, let’s go to Litchfield Max!
It has happened! Season 6 of Orange is the New Black is out into the world and it’s amazing! But, this isn’t a review. No, since new season is out, I thought we should go back and look at the best quotes all these wonderful seasons have given us. So sit down and get comfy, because we’re going back to Litchfield.
I have to start with this: I don’t trust the whole “Freeform” name change. To be fair, I’ve been through a lot of name changes with this channel already. From “The Family Channel” to “Fox Family” in the 90’s to “ABC Family” in the 00’s. I stuck by it. But now this “Freeform” business has me thrown. It feels random and ridiculous. I get that they want to appeal to younger audiences and I understand they want that audience to know that they have fresh, edgier content. So I get why they dropped the “family.” I don’t like it, but I get it. However, this new name doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t even make any sense! It’s just stupid and kind of arbitrary! Surely, there was a better choice than this. To be honest, I was basically determined to completely put down the network and all its programming over the whole thing. I mean, they flat-out told me I wasn’t their demographic, anyway. So why bother? Then they announced they were doing a Marvel show. (Because they’re owned by Disney, so of course they are!) Now, you all know how much I love, love, and LOVE me some Marvel. So naturally, I had to see what kind of disaster they made out of this new endeavor. (My expectation was basically a repeat of the Inhumans debacle on a teeny-bopper scale.) So I tuned in to watch the train wreck, snicker to myself, and go on about my business continuing to ignore the stupidly re-named network. But then a strange thing happened…
AMC just finished airing the first season of its show, Dietland. The series is based on a book of the same name by Sarai Walker. Both the book and the series follow mostly the same plot and focus on the same basic themes: self-acceptance, facing inequality and rape culture in our society, and the notion that women have much more power than they give themselves credit for. While the show and book both have some tough parts to get through — TRIGGER WARNINGS for those who, like me, are sensitive to descriptions and depictions of rape in literature, television, and movies — they do provide what I believe to be a much-needed commentary on our current culture’s obsession with a particular standard of beauty and the double-standard of expectations for men and women.