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Author Archives: Arthur Chu

Yes, and … that joke is sexist: Improv troupes, unchecked creepiness and the toll that being “cool with it” takes

So where are the funny women? That’s an easy question to answer today–they’re everywhere, they’re headlining shows like “Inside Amy Schumer“ and starring in sitcoms like “Broad City“ and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend“ and running publications like The Toast. They’re even, finally, hosting late-night talk shows after years of paying their dues for male hosts (even if, somehow,… Continue Reading

Beyoncé’s Black Lives Matter Tribute Defies the Laws of Celebrity Activism

It’s becoming a tradition that the Super Bowl halftime show generates orders of magnitude more discussion than the game itself; this year, thankfully, there was something more substantive to discuss than the unknown identity of a surprisingly uncoordinated shark. This time the big news was Beyoncé utterly stealing the show from Coldplay as the “special guest”… Continue Reading

I like Bernie Sanders. His supporters? Not so much

I’m not #FeelingTheBern anymore. I’m on Bernie Sanders’ side policy-wise. I agree with many more of his positions than I do Hillary Clinton’s. I donated money to his campaign last year and I intend to vote for him in the Ohio primary in March. Still, the “Berniebro” phenomenon has left me feeling, well, Berned-out. I… Continue Reading

Forget Bill. Be Like Phil.

Hi everyone. Meet Phil. Phil has seen that stick figure meme on Facebook and gotten a hearty chuckle out of it once or twice. He may even have clicked on the app to create one of his own, although he takes it into consideration when people warn him that these standalone apps made to cash… Continue Reading

Twitter’s toxic party: Anything goes, everyone’s invited and the host is too terrified to set down house rules

Ever feel like you’re the person at the party whose only means of communication is yelling over the music “I hate this place!” to other people who likewise hate this place? I’m a nerdy writer who spends way too much time on the Internet. A huge portion of my social circle is people I only… Continue Reading

The “Star Wars” kids aren’t alright: The movie gets millennials right — our fight isn’t with “The Man,” but with each other

A lot has already been written about “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” and its meteoric ascent into the pop-culture canon after the mixed reaction to the prequels. One of the takes I liked best was how the very idea of doing a sequel to “Return of the Jedi” and its splashy happy ending… Continue Reading

The Oscars have a taste problem, too: Here’s hoping new academy rules can zap middlebrow “Oscar-bait” dreck for good

The big news this week after a steady barrage of #OscarsSoWhite controversy is that the academy has finally, to a degree, caved. People of color in Hollywood finally hit a breaking point after the second year in a row of zero non-white nominees in the acting categories. With big names like Spike Lee, Michael Moore… Continue Reading

My Life as an Alien-American

“Asians are aliens and aliens are Asians.” It wasn’t a big presentation, even for a small liberal arts school like Swarthmore College. It was held in a classroom, not in one of the big lecture halls, attended mostly by professors who chuckled at the idea of studying racial tropes in pulpy space opera with barely… Continue Reading

Celebrity deaths and the “problematic fave”: Enough with the moral tug-of-war between “hero” and “villain” legacies

My feelings about the past week of grieving celebrities and bickering with fellow social-justice-warrior-y types about how to grieve over celebrities were summed up pretty well by a tweet from one of my Twitter friends: “A quick Google and a thorough check of Your Fave Is Problematic indicate that it’s safe to publicly mournAlan Rickman.”… Continue Reading