Pop Style Opinionfest: The Misguided Corrections of “Hollywood”

Posted on May 08, 2020

That’s right, kittens! Take some Dramamine and fasten your seatbelts, because things are about to get a bit rocky around here as T and Lo go AWFF on Ryan Murphy’s Netflix limited series, Hollywood. We reviewed the first three episodes of the series here, and while it’s clear we weren’t in love with the show from the start, by the time we got to the end of this alternate take on Hollywood history, we were kind of livid about it. Don’t worry, it’s not all ranting and raving, but firm opinions are stated with some vehemence. Alternate takes on history are fine, so long as they don’t attempt to over-correct the events of the past based on sensibilities of the present, which is all we’ll say about that here. You’ll have to listen in for the whys and wherefores.

But before we get into that mess, we dip our toes into the mess that was the media response to Adele’s slimmed-down new look. We are by no means perfect about this sort of thing, but years of writing about celebrity women and image have ingrained in us a rock-solid understanding of what we can’t or shouldn’t say in our writing on the topic. It seems there are quite a few writers out there who don’t have as solid an understanding, given the blowback. It’s a complicated issue, however. We do our best to hash out all the sides of it.

And finally, we go into why the third season of Westworld was such a creative failure. Again, we wrote a few reviews early in the season, but the direction and tone of the whole thing was such a turnoff to us, that we opted not to write weekly rants. But we have thoughts as to why the show went wrong and they’re tied into a much larger and broader approach to television that is starting to fail more often than it succeeds.


Lots of zeitgeisty talk this week, kittens! All that AND we wind up bickering over our groceries! Which means we must sincerely thank you once again for listening to our nonsense. LUVYAMEANIT.


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