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Pop Tabs returns along with Matt and the gang! On this episode, the conversation turns to Johnny Depp remaining on the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald despite the allegations that he assaulted his wife. We then delve into the controversy surrounding EA’s newest cash grab video game Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Finally, Gal Gadot stood up to Brett Ratner by refusing to star in Wonder Woman 2 if he was involved in the production. This episode was recorded on November 17, 2017.
by Matthew Yapp The internet is a strange place full of confusing, borderline senseless humor. Memes rise and fall in the blink of an eye. From tea-sipping frogs to porn-loving politicians/zodiac killers it can be near impossible to keep up with where and why these came into existence. However, everything has meaning, and everything has to come from something, so we are looking into the depths of the web at some of the most popular pieces of internet culture and explaining not just how they started, but also why they got so popular. Besides the fact that we all just like to jump on the band-wagon of humor to chase that fleeting feeling of belonging… that might just be me, I’m not sure. Anyway, this week we are taking a look into the “gay culture is…” meme. If there’s two thing gay people love, it’s memes and completely claiming ownership over something that they have no justification to take. If you don’t know, a current meme that is circulating the internet is the “gay culture is” meme. One major origin of this is from the queer icon The Babadook. His origin came from being accidentally listed under LGBT movies on Netflix. When people saw this we without any hesitation recognized the manifestation of depression as one our own and the Babadook became a star in the community. From pride parades to Rupaul’s Drag Race, he was everywhere. This started a trend in the LGBTQ+ community that asserts we no longer needed real justification: anything could be gay with the right attitude. But the meme went into full force when twitter user @introvertgay made this tweet: https://twitter.com/introvertgay/status/903799304455847938 And while the initial tweet was rather serious and rang true for many, the internet did what it did best. Made something that should’ve been taken sincerely and turned it into something really weird and funny. The LGBTQ+ community has managed to find ways to make just about anything “gay culture” and somehow, it’s all really relatable. That is why today we have 25 pieces of society that are obviously gay culture, whether they were meant to be or not. 1. Flannels Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bi, trans, ace or anywhere in between we all love a good flannel which is why we’ve chosen them as the official article of clothing for queer folk. Be on the lookout for the new flannel rainbow flag coming out soon. 2. Cats Every single one of them are queer. 3. Starbucks, but also coffee in general 4. Friends (the tv show) Let’s be real, Rachel Karen Green was the first girl crush for a lot of us. Plus Chandler and Joey are the domestic husbands so many of us strive to be. 5. Depression https://twitter.com/killerqueenJM/status/908333586587246592 It’s sad, but it’s ours. 6. Glee You had gay characters, bi characters, lesbian characters, all going through emotional journeys AND singing some of the gayest songs of all time. Glee knew exactly who they were marketing to. 7. Steve Rogers Listen: he’s bi, he’s ours, and he’s going to marry Bucky. That’s just the facts. 8. Having crushes on your same sex friends and then feeling guilty and “predatory” We’ve all been in an awful situation where you develop feelings for a close friend of yours. It happens to everyone gay or not, but suddenly you feel like the worst person. It feels like your pushing your sexuality onto other people when you’re actually just having a human reaction. Luckily one of the major reasons queer people love memes is that we’ve gotten really good at masking our pain with jokes. 9. The Cheetah Girls The ORIGINAL power girl group. Cheetah Sisters is a bop that needs to be blasted at every pride parade. 10. Brunch 11. Stalking social media to find out if someone is gay https://twitter.com/Terr/status/867470686931083264 Does her going to a Tegan and Sara concert back in 2015 mean she’s a lesbian? Is she ready to get married? I NEED TO KNOW! 12. Britney Spears 13. Trying to force yourself to believe Megan Fox/Ryan Gosling is hot Everyone else in middle school had them as straight crushes so if I just fake it I can be straight too, right? 14. Target 15. Oversharing https://twitter.com/GHOSTZVNE/status/906892565093511169 16. Every single female Disney villain Ursula was literally inspired by the drag superstar Divine, Maleficent’s look was just gag-worthy, and Cruella De Vil? Don’t even get me started. But seriously gay people really like them. 17. Cuffed Jeans 18. All your favorite gay characters being killed by stray bullets LEXA DESERVED BETTER. But seriously, it really is our culture to be let down by this trope which you can hear all about on The Coven. 19. The Tri-state area First of all it contains New York City – the gayest city. Second of all the Tri-state area is home to Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, a true gay icon. I mean, he has extravagant musical numbers, he loves oversharing past trauma, and has an affinity for the dramatic. So yeah, the Tri-state area and everything in it is gay now. 20. Vine 21. Old people asking you how you’re “keeping the boys off you” or “you must be a lady killer” but secretly being queer as folk “Sorry Marge, I don’t have a girlfriend. No, I’m not playing the field either. No Marge, I just don’t feel attraction to people. Asexuality is real Marge, stop forcing emotions onto me.” 22. Guiltily eating Chick-fil-A https://twitter.com/thejoshbaty/status/928673120810078208 I know that they’re homophobic, but I really like waffle fries – okay? 23. Waffle fries 24. Watching an entire series for 30 seconds of gay content I know it’s really boring but in season 7 two women hold hands for six seconds before one of them is killed by a stray bullet. 25. Referring to any and every inconvenience as “homophobic” https://twitter.com/kin4thewin/status/859775042883813376 That red light: homophobic. My coupon expiring: homophobic. Parents kicking you out of the house when they find out you have a boyfriend; that’s actually homophobic. You get the idea though. This meme originated from pain (which happens to be the queerest way for it to originate). LGBTQ+ people use this joke not only to talk about and deal with their pain, but also to connect to one another. When we all share so many common experiences, it makes perfect sense that we would want to express it – even if that common connection is expressing that we all loved The Cheetah Girls back in the day. Beyond that, it’s clear that the “gay culture is…” meme is a way for all of us to come together and appropriate the entire world. Sources: Logo, The Guardian, The Odyssey Online, Byte Images: The Daily Beast, Logo, Twitter, Glee Wiki
In the latest bout of gaming/political news, the creators of Cards Against Humanity have vowed to “save America” from the clutches of Donald Trump. How? By buying a portion of the US/Mexico border.
With the Justice League movie descending on us like an almost-certainly disappointing comet, it makes one sit back and reflect. No, not on the shortcomings this movie is sure to have, but on all the lesser known Justice League members. Everyone knows all the classic members of the League from Wonder Woman to Batman. However, there are quite a few members of the league who don’t exactly seem like they deserve to a part of the team. Aquaman, obviously. But also, quite a few lesser known names. Over the many years that the Justice League has existed in the comics it has had over one hundred members coming in for varying amounts of time, and honestly some of them probably could have just stayed out.
by Matthew Yapp With the Justice League movie descending on us like an almost-certainly disappointing comet, it makes one sit back and reflect. No, not on the shortcomings this movie is sure to have, but on all the lesser known Justice League members. Everyone knows all the classic members of the League from Wonder Woman to Batman. However, there are quite a few members of the league who don’t exactly seem like they deserve to a part of the team. Aquaman, obviously. But also, quite a few lesser known names. Over the many years that the Justice League has existed in the comics it has had over one hundred members coming in for varying amounts of time, and honestly some of them probably could have just stayed out. Congorilla Yep, that’s a choice. So a grand adventurer named William Glenmorgan exploring the Congo was given a magic golden ring by his dying friend, and when he rubbed it he found himself in the body of a magical golden gorilla. Oh yeah, he’s also immortal. It's comics guys suspend your disbelief and roll with it. In theory it’s really cool to have this giant ape with super strength, super stamina, and shiny golden fur that could put Fabio to shame but in execution… not so much. Besides the awful name, like seriously Congorilla is just the country he was in combined with the animal he became. Congorilla just feels out of place. Every time he was in the comics there wasn’t really anything interesting done with the character, and even with his powers he wasn’t all that useful. Despite being a literal magical gorilla, DC somehow managed to make this character forgettable earning him a spot on this list. Mystek Mystek, more like Mystake. Get it? It’s like mistake, because the character is bad… anyway. Joining the team in Justice League Task Force #26 in 1995, Seong Barclay is a Korean Woman who wore her father’s tech that made her look like a man, but hey I’ll take representation where I can get it. Having started out as a villain in The Ray comics Mystek was recruited by Martian Manhunter to join the League. She was a pretty cool character, having the ability to manipulate energy at a subatomic level and starting out as a villain leaving room for tons of character development. “So what went wrong?” you may ask. The complex answer is a tendency for comics to kill off women of color in favor of continuing the same old stories of white male protagonists, which you can hear more about in our episode of The Coven. The simple answer is in Justice League Task Force #32, just six issues after joining the team, the claustrophobic hero was in a cramped space craft, freaked out, and blew a hole in the ship thus being sucked out into space, and dying there. Equal parts comical and pathetic, it put a literal nail in the coffin for this underwhelming character. I will say though, I would love nothing more than to see Mystek blow herself into space on the big screen in a future Justice League movie. Maxima Maxima is an alien warrior with super strength, speed, durability, telekinetic abilities, and she can fly. Despite what her outfit would imply she is ready to take down any villain in her path. In fact, early on in her comic run she helped the Justice League take down one of their most formidable foes: Braniac. Unfortunately, she ran into a similar problem of Mystek. No, she didn’t blow herself into space, she just didn’t have writers who knew how to create a female character. Pretty much the entire reason that she joined the Justice League and her entire plot line revolved around the fact that she wanted to sleep with Superman. Of course when Superman denied her advances she accepted that graciously and went on to be a badass superhero, right? No, actually she just got really angry and bitter about it. But hey, she died by flying a ship in front of a death ray that would’ve destroyed the entire universe in Superman: Man of Steel #117 so… redemption, kind of? Hourman Dating all the way back to 1940 Rex Tyler, AKA Hourman, premiered in Adventure Comics #48. Rex was a biologist who discovered the super-serum Miraclo. This formula gave him unprecedented strength, speed, and vitality. But the catch here that makes him one of the worst of this list in my eyes is that as his name implies, he only has his powers for an hour. I mean honestly, think about how bad that could go. When our old buddy Doomsday is about to destroy the planet and the battle goes on for 61 minutes, suddenly Hourman is the reason for Earth’s downfall. I just think that compared to any other Justice League member, Hourman just can’t keep up. That being said he was featured on an episode of CW’s DC's Legends of Tomorrow, however he was killed off by the Reverse-Flash in that same episode. Kind of runs my point home. G’Nort There is a part of me that feels bad adding G’Nort onto this list. I mean first of all he’s a sweet guy… dog… dog-guy. But beyond that a big point of his character is that he is kind of loser. A founder of Justice League Antarctica he has all the same powers that the other Green Lanterns have. His willpower gives him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine. Despite all his power, no one really takes him seriously. Hal Jordan had to give him a pity plea to allow him into the Lantern Corps. As a Justice League member, he is constantly begging to fight a real threat, and just wants to contribute in some way. Spoiler alert, he doesn’t. He’s been absent from the comics for a while now and rightfully so. Joke character or not it’s undeniable that G’Nort was one of the worst Justice League members of all time. So there you have it, a collection of the worst of the best. While none of these characters are going to be getting into any Justice League movies in the future they sure made an impact. Kind of like how Mount Vesuvius made an impact on Pompeii. Regardless, they’re all heroes nonetheless. Sources: Wikipedia, Comic Vine Images: DC Wikia, Comic Book Religion, Comic Vine, Bloody Disgusting
This week on Pop Tabs, Matt and the gang discuss horror movies topping the box office, Kevin Spacey’s rapid fall from grace, and YouTube claiming to “fix” their demonetization problems. We’ll see how that goes…
Matt, Mayzie, and Seth give you all the updates on the past week of pop culture news. This week, they dive into the drama of accusations against BuzzFeed, the new Instagram update that essentially let’s you FaceTime for an audience, and the craziness surrounding the upcoming live action Dora the Explorer movie. Let us know what you think of these topics in the comments below, and tune in next week for another episode of Pop Tabs!
Welcome to Pop Tabs: keeping tabs on all things pop culture. Matt, Tyler, and Daley discuss the latest Black Panther trailer and representation in the movie industry, the Nintendo Switch getting a host of new games (including Skyrim), and the novel To Kill A Mockingbird being banned from a Mississippi school’s curriculum. Tune in next week for another episode of Pop Tabs to keep up to date on our entertainment, tech, and culture discussion.
Matt and Kaleigh go behind the scenes at Indy Scream Park in this special event coverage from Byte BSU! Discover how Indy Scream Park stands out from other horror attractions not only in Indiana, but all around the country! https://www.indyscreampark.com/ A big thanks to Indy Scream Park for letting us come out and interview their staff members!
On this episode of Input 2 we take a look at the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. We dive into the history of the film, ask what defines a cult classic, and talk about the strange traditions associated with the film. We’re joined by two members of the Ball State University RHPS Shadowcast, and they talk about what the film means to them and their experience being in the shadow cast on campus. So sit down and tune in to this late night double feature picture show.
We’re back witches! This week on The Coven, we take a look at the mess that is Harvey Weinstein and the controversy surrounding the recent information come out about him. We address the aftermath of the many women who have come out against Weinstein as well as the overarching issue of sexual assault in Hollywood. Was this a known secret? Will we see any substantial change in the industry from this information? All this and more on The Coven podcast.
Matt and Mayzie break down the future plans for the Netflix streaming service! Netflix original content is planned to reach 50% of the content available by 2018, and the price of having Netflix is being raised as well. Say goodbye to all the classic shows you love- and the money in your wallet! Special thanks to Angie Moreno for editing this episode!
Welcome to Pop Tabs: keeping tabs on all things pop culture. Matt, Mayzie, and Sarah discuss recent drama with the Fast and Furious franchise, Googles plans for Pixel 2, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and Boy Scouts encroaching on the Girl Scouts turf! Tune in next week for another episode of Pop Tabs to keep up to date on our entertainment, tech, and culture discussion.
Matt and Mayzie are back to talk about the new Star Wars spinoff movie coming early next year. Director Ron Howard recently announced the official title and that filming had finally wrapped up! Will the longer than normal film time and director changes affect the overall quality of the movie?
We’re back witches! This week on The Coven, we take a look at the life of the late Hugh Hefner. Hefner left behind a very controversial legacy that begs the question, was his work an important part of women’s liberation? Or was he just exploiting women and adding to the misogynistic conversation of the day? Or both? We take a look at some of the issues he fought for, as well as some of the accounts of women who lived in the playboy mansion. Where does Hugh Hefner stand on the spectrum of feminism? Take a listen to find out! And tune in next week for another magical episode of The Coven Podcast.
This week on Remixed, we tackle the music of two female powerhouses: P!nk and Demi Lovato. Which pop artist has the stronger record? How does this new stuff compare to their past? All this and more on this week’s Remixed!
Welcome to Pop Tabs: keeping tabs on all things pop culture. In this premiere episode, Matt, Mayzie, and Dylan discuss the recent feminist win from Saudi Arabia, some crazy smart jacket that Levis is working on, and what Trump had to say about NFL teams taking a knee. Tune in next week for another episode of Pop Tabs to keep up to date on our entertainment, tech, and culture discussion.
Kaleigh and Matt break down some of Marvel’s recent TV mishaps! It’s not looking so good for their newest TV-Movie hybrid, Inhumans. What do you guys think?
We’re back witches! This week we talk about the end of an era- Teen Wolf has officially come to an end. While the popular MTV show may be over (although it will continue in the form of a podcast) it’s legacy as a show of ships will live on. But these ships raise many interesting questions about queerbaiting, or when a show teases that a couple characters may be LGBTQ+ with no intention of actually exploring that plot. And Teen Wolf isn’t the only show to blame; shows like Supernatural, Sherlock, Merlin, and many more fall into this trap. Hear what we have to say about this topic on this episode of The Coven!