Pop Culture

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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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“OK Boomer” and the Generational Divide

Battle lines are being drawn, but what is the generational conflict really all about?
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The Gillette Controversy: The Best an Ad Can Be?

Should Gillette be in the business of activism and is their message objectionable?
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Bella Thorne and Celebrities Inhabiting Shared Spaces

Us and them? What are the responsibilities of celebrities when participating in shared, communal spaces?
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Are Loot Boxes “Quite Ethical”?

Recent rulings have called the loot box mechanics used in franchises like FIFA and Star Wars Battlefront "gambling for children." What's the danger?
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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?
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The Jezebel Stereotype and Hip-Hop

Are black female artists fueling the jezebel stereotype or attempting to reclaim the narrative surrounding their sexuality?
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Is J. Cole the Savior of Hip-Hop?

Hip-hop has a complex relationship with old school and new school, but J. Cole might bring the genre to a more stylistically inclusive middle ground.
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Hilaria Baldwin and Fake Identities

What can the case of Hilaria Baldwin tell us about cultural appropriation and passing as other?
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Christmas Music and Emotional Manipulation

Songs like Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" attempt to harness holiday sentiment to support charitable causes. Should they?