86 episodes

Welcome to Culture Club. A weekly podcast brought to you by Jasmine Wallis and Maggie Zhou where two 20-something media-slashies chat about pop culture, current affairs, the internet and our lives.
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Culture Club‪.‬ Culture Club.

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 92 Ratings

Welcome to Culture Club. A weekly podcast brought to you by Jasmine Wallis and Maggie Zhou where two 20-something media-slashies chat about pop culture, current affairs, the internet and our lives.
Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Copycat Cannibalism?

    Copycat Cannibalism?

    Hello! 
    This week the drummer from Motley Crue and one half of the infamous Pam and Tommy duo posted a full-frontal pic of his s*****g on Instagram. We discuss the gendered double standards, sex positivity, and Instagram’s unfair policies. We reference this article by Matty Galea for PTV titled, It’s Fkd Women Are Routinely Scrubbed From IG But Tommy Lee & Andrew Tate Can Pollute Our Feed.
    Milly Bobby Brown has given a 3-hour interview to Allure and has opened up about her relationship with social media, fame and her toxic ex. This opens up a conversation around Milly being woman’d. We reference this Refinery29 article titled Being ‘Woman’d’ Is Becoming A Depressing Inevitability For Us All by Ione Gamble. 
    The trailer has been released for House of Hammer, a new documentary series focusing on actor Armie Hammer, his abuse allegations and his family. At the same time, the trailer for Timothee Chalamet’s new film ‘Bones and All’ was released which is a love story… about cannibalism. Is this clever marketing or an innocent coincidence?
    Jennette McCurdy, former costar of iCarly and Sam & Cat, has recently published a tell-all memoir called “I’m Glad My Mom Died”. We discuss the book which turns into an open convo around jealousy in friendships. We reference Shameless' newsletter where writer Maddison Griffiths wrote an advice column on jealousy. Thank you for sharing, Maddison!
    For recommendations we have two theatre recs, darling. Maggie recommends Laurinda which you can read about on R29 AU here. And Jas recommends Hairspray the musical which you can see at Regents Theatre in Melbourne.
    Katie Zhou created our cover art & India Raine is our wonderful producer and composer of our jingle. Email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram @cultureclubpod.
    Until next week!
    Jas and Mags xo 


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    • 47 min
    Why Is Everyone Mad At Taylor Swift?

    Why Is Everyone Mad At Taylor Swift?

    Hi friends, 
    Jumping into today’s episode with a few chit-chats. First up we discuss Selena Gomez’s 30th birthday and how her and fellow child star, Drew Barrymore, are embracing their inner children. 
    Next, a cosmetic nurse has come under fire on TikTok after suggesting what she’d change about Natalia Dyer’s face. This leads us to a conversation about the boom in cosmetic procedures. 
    Last week, Yahoo! Life published an interview with Jojo Siwa, where she talked about disliking the term ‘lesbian’. We ask if this is internalised homophobia or just a young person finding their way.
    New research has emerged this week around celebrities' jet emissions and this time, golden girl Taylor Swift is under fire. We detail the singer’s CO2 pollution and her other criticisms including her involvement with Where The Crawdads Sing. We reference this piece in The Atlantic.
    Sydney Sweeney has made comments about her financial situation in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, causing a whole host of internet backlash. We make sense of it all and debate celebrity financial health. 
    Maggie recommends the musical Six, currently showing in Melbourne, while Jasmine recommends the memoir Raised By Wolves, by Jess Ho. Thanks to Jess for taking the time to read an extract. 
    See you next week! Jas and Mags xo

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    • 46 min
    Naarmcore Isn't An Aesthetic

    Naarmcore Isn't An Aesthetic

    This week, we start off with a chat about Kylie Jenner’s 17-minute climate criminal flight. We see who else is complicit in emitting tonnes of Co2 into the atmosphere, and ask if we’re using celebrities as scapegoats for our helplessness. 
    Next, Emma Chamberlain and Addison Rae seem to have taken a different direction when it comes to new photoshoots styled by Australian artist Gadir Rajab. This causes us to ask if a high fashion editorial is the new brand makeover. 
    Supermodel Emily Ratajkowshi is reportedly filing for divorce from her film producer husband Sebastian Bear-McClard. This TikTok video by @victoria.alario framed these celeb cheating scandals in a new light. We reference this Mammamia piece by Jessie Stephens. 
    The Internet loves to put labels on aesthetics but what happens when it becomes problematic? Over social media, there’s been a rise of “naarmcore”. We share three TikToks, one from user @punisher.mp3, one from Clothing The Gaps’ Sianna Catullo, and another from Tariq Junaid Ismat AKA @literallykatebush. 
    Tariq has spoken out as an Indigenous person on why “Naarmcore” isn’t an aesthetic, especially a white one. Tariq also shared their thoughts with us in a little interview, so we thank them for their time. In this section we reference a piece in Fashion Journal titled The problem with ‘Naarmcore’, TikTok’s latest fashion aesthetic by writer Hazel Lee.
    You can listen to our previous interview with Sianna here and don’t forget to go beyond Instagram and Pay the Rent. 
    For recommendations, Jas has thoughts on Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and references this Cosmoplitan piece by Leah Marilla Thomas. Maggie is loving the novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins-Reid. 
    Thanks for listening everyone. xo


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    • 47 min
    When Kindness Becomes Clickbait

    When Kindness Becomes Clickbait

    Hello pals! 
    Let’s go. First up, we have a chat about the insane astronomy pics that NASA released this week and a chat about Florence Pugh’s #freethenipple moment. 
    Next, Constance Wu returned to public life for the first time in three years, stating that comments she received after posting about her TV show, Fresh Off The Boat, drove her to a suicide attempt. We discuss the weight that people of colour feel when it comes to representation and hear from PEDESTRIAN.TV’s Soaliha Iqbal who wrote a piece titled, Constance Wu Attempted Suicide After The Vicious Backlash She Faced For Wanting To Leave FOTB. 
    A Melbourne video has gone viral this week after TikTokker, Harrison Pawluk filmed an older woman without her consent in a supposed act of kindness. We discuss the ethics around these clickbait videos and reference an opinion piece by Virgina Trioli titled, No, women of a 'certain age' don't need your flowers or performative charity, so take your assumptions elsewhere. 
    We also reference TikTok accounts Garden State Journal and MelbourneFashion. 
    When it comes to recs, Maggie is loving the podcast Maintenance Phase while Jas recommends the novel Sunbathing by Isobel Beech.
    Katie Zhou created our cover art & India Raine is our wonderful producer and composer of our jingle. Email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram @cultureclubpod.
    See ya next time! xo


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    • 43 min
    The Girls Are Fighting

    The Girls Are Fighting

    Hi friends!
    We get right into it today with this week’s internet beef. Yep, Doja Cat and Noah Schnapp are fighting the girls are FIGHTING. We discuss the tea and the internet’s reaction, including the term, ‘woman’d’. 
    Next, North West turned nine and attended Paris Haute Couture Week with her mum and grandmother. Some moments from the show went viral, causing us to ask, are we playing into the exploitation of a literal child? Or is this a funny moment from the most famous family in the world. It results in a conversation around modern meme culture.  
    We get into a deep dive on the millennial scammer queen, Caroline Calloway. This ep covers where she began, her many scandals and some great investigative pieces including this W Magazine article and Theory: Caroline Calloway Ghostwrote Her Own Legal Documents by Gawker. 
    For recommendations, Jas is loving the podcast, 28 Days-ish Later all about the menstrual cycle. It’s produced by the BBC and hosted by journalist India Rakusen. Maggie recommends the TV show The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. 
    Katie Zhou created our cover art & India Raine is our wonderful producer and composer of our jingle. Email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram @cultureclubpod.
    Until next week! Bon voyage!
    Jas and Mags xo 
    *Jas says Monica Cox, during her recommendation. It’s actually Courtney Cox (not her character Monica Geller lol).

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    • 48 min
    Come On Barbie, Let's Go Party

    Come On Barbie, Let's Go Party

    Hi pals! We’re baaaaack! 
    Yes, after a two-month hiatus we’re refreshed and ready to get back behind the mics. We start off with a little catch-up before getting into the pop culture news we missed. Most notably, THAT Liam Payne X Logan Paul interview. 
    The BTS shots from the Barbie movie have also been all over the time line. We discuss why we’re seeing so many pictures of filming, whether this is on purpose as well as the star-studded cast. 
    Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love’s TV adaptation has finally dropped and it’s sparked some interesting think pieces. We reference “How Messy Millennial Woman became TV’s most tedious trope” by Rachel Aroesti for The Guardian as well as I’m 23 & Nostalgic For The Fictional Millennial Experience by Alice Porter as well as sharing our own thoughts on the new millennial woman that seemingly everyone wants to be. 
    In recommendation land we have two queer love stories. Maggie recommends Heartstopper on Netflix while Jas recommends My Policeman by Bethan Roberts (yes, the book that’s turning into a film starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin). Jas also recommends the 00s show, Veronica Mars on Stan.
     
    Katie Zhou created our cover art & India Raine is our wonderful producer and composer of our jingle. Email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram @cultureclubpod.
     
    Love you - Jas and Mags xo

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Piggys0902 ,

Always an original take!

When I first found this podcast, I imagined it would be like the many other pop culture podcasts doing the rounds at the moment. However it’s safe to say these girls swiftly blew me away! I really enjoy their unique takes on stories, always very well considered and researched. I also just find the girls’ voices calm and so down to earth, I love listening while I’m walking or working because it just feels like I’m listening to friends! 😂

emily_1008 ,

The best one!!

In the growing trend that seems to be pop culture podcasts, and the ever growing number by Australians. Culture Club is hands down the best one! Maggie and Jasmine provide nuance with well researched ideas, and bring forward pop culture topics that are not just the same ones that every “pop culture podcast” is recycling through.

hej_lucie ,

love love love

I’ve loved listening to this podcast. So much so, I ended up binge listening (if that is even a thing) to all their episodes since the beginning (what a wild ride the last year or so has been). I’ve never felt more connected and up to date with current affairs, pop culture, the internet and general happenings since my TV was a cube. Thank you Maggy and Jas for these much needed discussions, education, and positive energy. I look forward to hearing more from you after the winter break 💖 x

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