Analysis: Pop culture and politics continue to intersect

Finding reprieve in pop culture from the tension of current occasions, nevertheless, will not be simple. Politics and political figures are converging with popular culture, whether we desire them to or not.

That’s since the chosen picture revealed Harris using a casual black coat, white top and Reverse tennis shoes, posturing in front of a pink and green background (the colors of her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha). Some considered the option “disrespectful” and not befitting the very first American female to function as vice president, not to mention the very first female of color.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: The “Terminator” star and previous guv of California took Donald Trump to job following the fatal storming of the Capitol in Washington, DC, by a group of the President’s advocates.

Schwarzenegger published a video on social networks in which he stated “President Trump is a failed leader. He will go down in history as the worst President ever. The good thing is he will soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.”

And lest we forget Schwarzenegger is a film star, he utilized as a prop a sword he stated come from Conan the Barbarian, the character he played in the 1982 movie of the exact same name.

“Our democracy is like the steel of this sword,” he stated. “The more it is tempered, the stronger it becomes.”

Brian Littrell: A couple of Backstreet Boys fans had some severe words for Littrell.

That’s since the vocalist tweeted a welcome for his fans to come to Parler, the social networks platform preferred by the far-right.

“BTLittrell come discover me… hahah like where’s Waldo, he tweeted. “Join me on Parler Social Network!”

His mentions sparked plenty of anger and disappointment, with some expressing that they were done supporting the singer, while others argued Littrell had a right to his political opinions.

Those wanting to join him didn’t have long to act on his suggestion. Parler went offline after Google, Apple and Amazon dropped it amid complaints the company hadn’t done enough to stem the violent rhetoric surrounding the Capitol riots.

Parler has since sued Amazon, which hosted it online.
I have gone on record with my stance that celebs have an absolute right to be politically active, as do all citizens, as long as they do so peacefully.

But in the painful days we have already endured, with sadly more probably to come, it would be nice if pop culture could offer more of a distraction that many of us need right now.

For your weekend

Three things to watch:

‘One Night in Miami’

(From left) Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge star in "One Night in Miami."

Oscar-winning actress Regina King makes her feature film directorial debut with this movie.

Based on an actual night in 1964 in which Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali), Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown gathered to celebrate Clay’s heavyweight title win, it is adapted from a Kemp Powers stage play.

“One Night in Miami” starts streaming Friday on Amazon Prime.


Paul Bettany (left) is Vision and Elizabeth Olsen (right) is Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios' "WandaVision."

What could be better than a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

In this series, Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are two beings living idealized suburban lives while concealing their superpowers. That changes when they begin to suspect that everything is not quite as it seems.

“WandaVision” debuts on Disney+ Friday.

‘Bling Empire’

Kelly Mi Li (left) and Kane Lim (right) are shown in a scene from "Bling Empire."

Exists such a thing as a lot of Kardashian-type truth programs? (You most likely currently understand the response to that.)

Netflix has a brand-new series that “follows a hugely rich group of Asian and Asian American pals (and frenemies) in Los Angeles.” The show promises plenty of glitz and drama.

“Bling Empire” starts streaming Friday.

Two things to listen to:

(From left) Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Jonah Marais, Jack Avery and Corbyn Besson of Why Don't We perform onstage during HOT 99.5's Jingle Ball 2019 on December 16, 2019, in Washington, DC.

The young boy band Why Do not We vanished from the scene for a minute and triggered #WhereIsWDW on Twitter.

The group is back Friday with its sophomore album, “The Success and the Bad Ones.”

Let’s hope that title is an omen regarding the new music.

(From left) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are shown here March 9, 2020, in London.

If you like, like, like the British royal household as much as I do, let me hip you to this podcast.

“Royally Consumed” features co-hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie discussing all news related to the House of Windsor.

There is plenty of discussion about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and baby Archie, natch, so I’m here for it.

One thing to talk about:

(From left) Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis will star in the new "Sex and the City."

How well will “Sex and the City” age?

That is the question now that HBO Max has announced it’s rebooting the popular series, 17 years later after it went off the air.

Only three of the original stars are returning: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

Their costar Kim Cattrall said long ago she would not be interested in returning for more.

Much has changed since the HBO series (and its big-screen adaptations) were out.

Where have the lives of characters of Carrie Bradshaw (Parker), Miranda Hobbes (Nixon) and Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Davis) led them to this point?

New York City always felt like one of the cast members — and the Big Apple is definitely not the same. So, what does it all mean for the next chapter of “Sex and the City”?

We’ll be dealing with Carrie fever while we wait and see. (HBO Max is owned by CNN’s parent company.)

Something to sip on

Betty White poses with a parrot.

Delighted 99th birthday, Betty White!

The beloved actress celebrates her big day on Sunday — and aren’t we all the better for it?

There are few in Hollywood who have achieved the level of admiration that White has over the course of her accomplished career.

She truly is our “Golden Woman.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.