Pop Style Opinionfest: Neverland and the Culture Wars

Posted on March 08, 2019

Well. We opted to step in it once again, kittens.

There’s a loose connection to the two topics of this week’s podcast. Yes, there’s a lengthy discussion on HBO’s hard-to-take Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland. We couldn’t not talk about that one since it was the biggest pop culture story of the week and because we’ve been getting it all week long on social media for saying a few complimentary words about it. We run down what worked and what didn’t about the documentary, how Oprah is still an amazing cultural force to be reckoned with, not to mention a world-class journalist, the reasons to believe the two accusers and the reasons to be skeptical of them.

 

 

 

It’s a lot to take and if you’re triggered by discussions of child sex abuse, we would advise you to listen with caution, although we don’t think the conversation took all the graphic a turn. We’re looking at the documentary as a piece in itself, at Michael Jackson’s long public and private history, and at a public who finds it painful and difficult to reckon with the inexcusable aspects of his life.

Before we get into all that, there’s a discussion as to how we missed out on reviewing Captain Marvel and why we were ultimately relieved we didn’t have to because of all that hot takes surrounding who gets to critique a film like this and who deserves to be ignored. It all hot a little too heated up for us and we’ll explain how that relates to the Michael Jackson stuff.

 

 

 

 

Our usual heady brew of culture, controversy and opinion-making, darlings! Thank you once again for listening to it all.

 

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