Pop Culture

Rap Culture’s Effect on Mental Health

Rapper Kid Cudi recently went public with his mental health struggles, prompting discussion on the effects that hypermasculine and racialized rap culture can have on mental health.
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Should Hugh Hefner be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe?

The founder of Playboy has remained controversial even in death - especially as he will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, without obtaining her consent.
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The Dangers Posed by Kevin Spacey’s Coming Out

With mounting allegations of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey, how are we to interpret his coming out in response?
"McDonald's #1 Store Museum, Des Plaines, Ill." by Jerry Huddleston liscened under CC BY 2.0 (via Flickr).

The Moral Trap of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce

McDonald's recently rereleased their Szechuan Sauce, but not widely enough to satisfy all fans. The aftermath of extreme customer dissatisfaction offers lessons about the role of nostalgia.
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Is it O.K. to Watch Louis C.K.?

As more allegations of sexual misconduct among Hollywood elite like Louis C.K. continue to appear, how should we approach their artwork?
A large collection of Air Jordans sneakers in glass boxes.

Seeking Responsibility in the Deaths over Designer Sneakers

When people are killed for their collectible sneakers, do the shoes' designers share any responsibility?
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From Minstrel Shows to The Simpsons: Racism in American Comedy

Comedy and satire cartoons are supposed to push boundaries, but all too often, they fall back on deeply ingrained racist imagery.
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Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee: Political Comedy’s Unwritten Rules

The backlashes against Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee underscore the nuances of offense and political comedy.
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Commodifying Activism

In the wake of Nike's Colin Kaepernick advertisement, this article distills the ethical and social implications of using social movements for the purpose of profit. How does the communication of activism affect businesses and activists themselves?
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The Implications of being The Bachelor and a Virgin

With the first virgin Bachelor announced for this upcoming season of The Bachelor, this article examines the issues with the structure of the television show and its portrayal of sex due to its editing choices, and contestant selection.