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Book of the Week: ‘Switch Bitch’ by Roald Dahl

CW: sexual assault, discussions of misogyny Few authors in British culture have as wide a fanbase as Roald Dahl. He is one of the most beloved authors of all time, and, in my view, rightly so. His work has an irresistible appeal, and I must confess to still reading his fiction aged eighteen, having left […]

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Should we be boycotting the World Cup in Qatar?

You certainly don’t have to be a football fan to love the World Cup. The national mood soars, the pub gardens are booked to the brim, and ‘Three Lions’ ends up stuck in the heads of even the most reluctant onlooker. I don’t claim to be a football enthusiast on any level, but I have […]

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The Woman King – A Depiction of Black Pride or an Uneducated Step Backwards

“Terrific”, “Inspirational” and “Rousing” are only some of the descriptors applied to Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King (2022). With a star-studded cast that includes academy award-winner Viola Davis, alongside British black royalty Lashana Lynch and John Boyega, The Woman King has drawn in audiences across the globe and has grossed $77.3 million worldwide. However, Prince-Bythewood’s […]

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Cult Column: Pink Flamingos

50 years ago, one of the most controversial films of all time was released. It included bestiality, incest, graphic nudity, cannibalism, and famously, it showed the actress Divine genuinely eating dog faeces. I am of course talking about Pink Flamingos. Variety called it “one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made”, even […]

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Sia’s ‘Music’ Scandal

CW: Ableism Music, Sia’s recently premiered debut film, faced intense backlash months before it was even available for viewing. It tells the story of Zu who, newly sober, assumes the role of primary carer for her 16-year-old half-sister, Music, a non-verbal autistic girl. Music is played by neurotypical Maddie Ziegler, a casting choice which is […]

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Controversial covers: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris poses for Vogue

Vogue’s February issue featuring Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sparked immediate controversy post social media release. The cover intended for the print issue shows Harris in a casual outfit with Converse sneakers, hands clasped in front of her, as she stands in front of a backdrop of fabrics. Criticism poured in pointing out multiple issues. Accusations […]

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Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the role of the audience

Content Warning: Domestic abuse, sexual assault Should viewing begin and end with the events that unfold on screen, or should the public audience take a moral stance on the actions of the actors that portray a story?  The recent libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and The Sun has brought this difficult question into the spotlight. […]

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Two winners, one prize, and a lot of controversy: the Booker Prize blunder explained

The Booker Prize for Fiction, love it or hate it, is a big deal. Not only is it highly prestigious, but publicity gained from winning the prize can generate a significant boost in sales: Milkman, by last year’s winner Anna Burns, sold almost 10,000 copies in the UK alone in the week following the win. […]