Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is this summer’s smash-hit movie. Not only is it the largest opening for a female director, but it’s quite likely to be the highest-grossing movie of the season. Before Jenkins, Hollywood had never produced a truly successful female superhero movie — and the Wonder Woman story, in particular, has proven particularly difficult to … More Wonder Woman: Patty Jenkins’ Stereotype-stomping Superhero Film
Over the past few years, TV has become more diverse. Not shockingly so: most lead characters on primetime shows are still white. But there’s no doubt that the number of black (or Asian) friends and supporting characters is increasing. It’s a small step, but still progress. And a larger number of shows, like Scandal and … More Race on CW’s Riverdale: What’s Different from the Archie Comics?
Glee is — without a doubt — my favorite TV series of all time. Much like the musical Hairspray, I resonate with its message and worldview on an emotional level. Glee is a TV show about the outcasts, rebels, and misfits at an Ohio high school. But more than that, Glee is about coming to … More The (Flawed) Theology of Glee
I love musicals. I have loved them since I was in high school. I get that musicals are cheesy, I get that their plot lines can be a little bit ridiculous. But I love them. For better or worse, some of my favorite forms of entertainment are cheesy, ridiculous, and ever so slightly over the … More A Theology of HAIRSPRAY
The other day, an acquaintance I met at a Bible study shared on Facebook about her amazing experience visiting the Beverly Hills campus of her local church. This church is wildly popular. It’s a megachurch with multiple campuses in different cities, a flurry of celebrities in various locations, and its pastor is well known on social media. It’s … More Hip Megachurch Pa$tor Wears De$igner Jeans: Is It an I$$ue?
Yesterday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released “White Privilege II”–a song about the reality of white privilege and racism in the U.S. It’s a song about how white pop culture loves to use the music, clothes, dances and culture of African Americans … but dismisses the #BlackLivesMatter movement and don’t seem to care about injustice against people … More Let’s NOT Talk About Race: How Pop Culture is Minimizing Macklemore’s White Privilege II
If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s a good chance that at some point, you’ve thought, “Huh, I wonder what the guy who plays Luke Skywalker has been up to.” Right now, Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill is taking a villainous turn as The Trickster, a super-criminal on CW’s The Flash…which just so happens to be … More How TV’s “The Flash” is Subverting Stereotypes (Also: Star Wars!)
The year was 1999. I was in the fourth grade. And Star Wars’ Queen Amidala was the coolest freaking heroine I’d ever seen. She was fearless, strong, and fiercely intelligent. The opposite of a damsel in distress. Wise, educated and incredibly well spoken — not to mention the ruler of her own freaking democracy — Padme … More Star Wars’ Rey vs. Padme: The Force Awakens to a New Feminism
I have mixed feelings about Sean Lowe, a former star of ABC’s The Bachelor. When I first saw him on TV, he wasn’t my favorite. I’m just not too fond of gym rats. Of prettyboys. Of too-attractive-to-be-normal bros with their bulging biceps and flawless six packs. I have a thing against prettyboy bros, and I probably need to get … More Sean Lowe: The Christian Bachelor — And the HUGE Problem Nobody’s Picking Up On