Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Episode #105 - Kristen Warner (Magic Mike XXL)

"There's a difference between representation mattering and the way we often decide that it matters, which is through the visual imagery."

While hardly a new problem in the media landscape, issues of representation both in front and behind screen have reached new peaks in the cultural discourse through campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite. But what does the path forward look like? Kristen Warner, a scholar of media industries, brings her unique research to the podcast to look at issues of colorblind casting and what she calls "plastic representation." Kristen and Peter look at a number of televisual milieus in which representational politics play out on our screens, and Kristen challenges a lot of issues to ask when real authentic people of color actually appear. Finally, the two discuss Magic Mike XXL, one of the most unique films of the last decade and a rare site where people of color have been in some way given their space. Kristen explains how a film with a white director and almost all-white cast somehow envisions a utopic vision of diverse American culture.

0:00-4:16  Opening
5:48-11:46 Establishing Shots — Bill Hader and Barry
12:32-48:40 Deep Focus — Kristen Warner
49:39-52:28  Sponsorship Section
53:40-1:06:08 Double Exposure — Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs)
1:06:49-1:08:41 Close

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Notes and Links to the Conversation
—Read Kristen Warner's The Cultural Politics of Colorblind TV Casting and "Plastic Representation"
—Alison Herman discusses Barry's seventh episode
—Watch Mousercise
—Kristen discusses watching Alex Haley's Queen
—More on Janet Staiger
—Kristen's blog, Dear Black Woman
—Learn more about Media Industries Studies
—Spike Lee discusses She's Gotta Have It
—Kristen on Rachet Women on Reality Television
—Kristen and Amanda Klien on the Pop Culture Scholar
—Kristen on Media Studies in the age of anxiety
—Kristen on Magic Mike XXL and a podcast where she discusses it as well
—Kam Austin Collins on Gene Kelly and Magic Mike XXL

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