Culture & Arts

Callous and calculated

Entertainment | Netflix CEO’s comments show disregard for children’s well-being
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/15/18, 02:47 pm

The CEO of Netflix acts like he couldn’t care less about the potentially disastrous consequences of 13 Reason Why Season 2.

During the company’s annual shareholder meeting June 6, CEO Reed Hastings responded to backlash against the violent teen drama by saying, “13 Reasons Why has been enormously popular and successful. It’s engaging content. … It is controversial. But nobody has to watch it.”

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision

Ambiguous anthem

Arts | ‘This Is America’ has made an impression, but of what?
by Fiona Morgan
Posted 6/08/18, 01:52 pm

Every summer has its signature pop anthem, but this year’s comes with sensational and disturbing visuals, too. The video for “This Is America” by Childish Gambino debuted online in early May, and viewers have watched it more than 250 million times. 

It opens with Donald Glover, who performs as Childish Bambino, shooting a man seated in a chair. He then goes on to dance happily with schoolchildren. Later he picks up a rifle and opens fire on a choir, then goes on dancing while violence breaks out around him.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Jack Dempsey

Dissent in the ranks

Entertainment | The link between NFL patriotism and military readiness
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/01/18, 12:39 pm

Under pressure from President Donald Trump, NFL owners are standing their ground against players who kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem before games. In a conversation with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Trump warned the NFL not to buck him on the issue, according to court documents revealed this week.

Read more