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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 73 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.

    The Power Of Teenage Girls With Fangirls Creator Yve Blake

    The Power Of Teenage Girls With Fangirls Creator Yve Blake

    Hi friends, 
    Were you a fangirl? Do you remember getting mocked by your parents or peers for enjoying pop music while your brothers and Dad were just considered passionate for crying when their AFL team lost? Us too. 
    That’s why we’re so excited to chat with the creator of Fangirls the musical, Yve Blake. The joyful, energetic and thoughtful musical is all about what it’s like to be a teenage fangirl. 
    While the show has now (sadly) left Melbourne, we spoke to Yve about why she decided to champion teenage girls, how she wrote a musical with no training, and the importance of putting together a truly diverse cast. 
    We definitely recommend Yve’s Ted Talk ‘For the Love of Fangirls’ which you can watch on YouTube. 
    You can follow Yve herself on Instagram at @yveblake
    India Raine is our wonderful producer and composer of our jingle. Email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram at @cultureclubpod, or on our personal accounts at @jasmineeskye and @yemagz.
    Chat to you next week,
    Mags & Jas x

    • 36 min
    Do Pop Musicians Need To Reinvent Themselves?

    Do Pop Musicians Need To Reinvent Themselves?

    Welcome back, pals! 
    Our chit-chat this week starts off with Maggie’s honest Instagram story and how actor Rami Malek reached out to ask Rachel Bilson (AKA Summer Roberts) to take down an Instagram pic. 
    Ah celebrities - they’re just like us. 
    After that, we discuss Billie Eilish’s new music video ‘Your Power’ and ask why female pop musicians reinvent themselves (what feels like) every two years.
    Jasmine reads from this Guardian article by Andre Spicer and recommends Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana documentary. 
    Next up is a breakdown of TikTok creator and musician Peach PRC’s allegations against comedian Alex ‘Shooter’ Williamson.
    This leads us into a conversation around Australia’s sexual assault legal system and why Australia didn’t have as big of a #MeToo movement as the US. Jasmine references this ABC report and this BBC article.
    Jas recommends the podcast Why Are We So Obsessed With Productivity?  by Educated Messes: Mental Health, Relationships, Work & Well-Being while Maggie recommends the book Small Beauty by Jiaqing Wilson Yang. 
    In a Culture Club first, we BOTH recommend Fangirls Musical a musical created by Yve Blake and directed by Paige Rattray. Maggie references Yve’s Ted Talk. If you’re in Melbourne get tickets here before May 9! 
    That’s all, folks. 
    Maggie and Jas xoxo

    • 49 min
    The Faster Than Fast Fashion Trend Cycle

    The Faster Than Fast Fashion Trend Cycle

    Happy Tuesday, folks! 
    We start off this week with a discussion around Zac Efron’s surprising new look, how Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby is calling out a British TV channel and do we really need four Britney Spears documentaries? 
    Next, we break down Demi Lovato’s beef with an LA-based frozen yoghurt place (yeah, don’t ask). 
    After all of the greenwashing we saw during Fashion Revolution Week and Earth day, we chat about H & M’s celebrity ‘Global Sustainability Ambassador’, Maisie Williams. 
    This then leads us onto a discussion around how some TikTok videos are highlighting the trend cycle and how sustainable fashion brands and bloggers are falling into a fast fashion mentality. 
    Jasmine references her own article “Why Are We Dressing Like It’s 2003? This is How Trends Come Back Every 20 Years” for Zee Feed.
    Maggie recommends another Disney+/ Marvel TV show Falcon and the Winter Soldier while Jasmine recommends the novel Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. 
    Our jingle, editing and production is by the talented India Raine. You can email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram at @cultureclubpod, or on our personal accounts at @jasmineeskye and @yemagz.
    Lots of love,
    Maggie & Jasmine xx

    • 49 min
    Gen Z's Brutal TikTok Band Take Down

    Gen Z's Brutal TikTok Band Take Down

    Hello lovely listeners, 
    Strap in for another big news week on Culture Club. We start off with a catch up on Jasmine’s holiday before obsessing (like the rest of the internet) over Troye Sivan’s Melbourne home featured in Architectural Digest. 
    A number of news sites got caught out by a Chaser prank who created a fake petition to change the name of Fairy Bread. This sparks a conversation around the media industry’s constant churning machine. 
    In another instance of cis-men getting involved where they shouldn’t, German company Pinky Gloves received a bunch of backlash over their patronising period gloves. 

    We discuss why we think they did this (when no one asked) and if there’s even a need for this product on the market. We will point out that at times we use the term ‘women’ synonymously with people who menstruate in this segment. We recognise that not only women menstruate.  
    After this chat we move on to a breakdown of the TikTok Tramp Stamps drama. The band received huge criticism over their “fake” aesthetics, lyrics and old tweets.
    Through this drama we discuss what the term ‘industry plant’ actually is and why it has roots in sexism and nepotism.
    Indigenous social enterprise, Clothing the Gap, has received (another) cease and desist letter recently from American retailer The Gap and now have to change their name. Please support the amazing work they do by buying their old stock before they fully rebrand to Clothing The Gaps. 
     Jas is recommending new political podcast, Old Boys Club, by journalists Justine Landis-Hanley and Matilda Bosley and Maggie recommends The Weekend Briefing with Benjamin Law by The Briefing. 
    Our jingle, editing and production is by India Raine. You can email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram at @cultureclubpod, or on our personal accounts at @jasmineeskye and @yemagz.
    Phew! See ya next week. xo

    • 53 min
    The Scam Of Influencing With Flex Mami

    The Scam Of Influencing With Flex Mami

    Hey friends,

    For this month's Culture Club chats, we are joined by the inimitable Lillian Ahenkan, otherwise known as Flex Mami. She's one of Australia’s most loved digital personalities and DIY furniture projects, colourful gradients and chaotic memes fill her Instagram feed. 
    She’s well known for her work as a presenter, influencer, DJ, podcaster and business owner. But she’s now adding author and reality TV star to her repertoire – makes sense as someone who makes a living off of being a professional opinion haver.

    We reference this Guardian article and chat all about her new book, The Success Experiment. Pre-order a copy here from Booktopia.

    You can follow Flex on Instagram at @flex.mami.
    India Raine is our wonderful producer and composer of our jingle. Email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram at @cultureclubpod, or on our personal accounts at @jasmineeskye and @yemagz.
    Chat to you next week,
    Mags & Jas x

    • 45 min
    WTF Is White Boy Summer?!

    WTF Is White Boy Summer?!

    Hey listeners!
    Today’s episode is filled with pop culture popcorn bites of fun! We begin by learning more about the love story origin of actors Adam Brody and Leighton Meester on the podcast Anna Farris is Unqualified. 
    18-year-old pop queen Olivia Rodrigo released her new single ‘deja vu’ and we are obsessed. This spurs a conversation about female pop artists seemingly copying one another. 
    Britney Spears has (supposedly) spoken out about the documentary Framing Britney Spears on her Instagram. However, her former makeup artist Billy Brasfield says she doesn’t write her own posts. Listen to our episode rundown of the documentary here.
    Bridgerton has announced that actor Rege-Jean Page who plays the Duke of Hastings will not be returning to season two. While there are many rumours speculating about this, Rege told Variety that it was always a one-season contract. There are also rumours that actress Phoebe Dynevor aka Daphne Bridgerton is dating comedian Pete Davidson.
    Tom Hanks’ son Chet Hanks has declared it to be ‘White Boy Summer’. We receive more intel from Page Six, including allegations of domestic abuse.

    This leads into a discussion of what being a man means. We have the pleasure of having writer Brandon Jack read out an excerpt of his piece, “Men, be brave like young Asher, and help him redefine masculinity” for the Age. 
    His debut book titled 28 is coming out in August and is a memoir about his lifelong relationship with football, giving insights into the mind of the millennial male in regards to topics such as sexuality, binge drinking, entitlement and vulnerability. 
    Then, beauty influencer James Charles posts a YouTube apology video for exchanging illicit photos with underage children.
    Jasmine recommends the novel The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and Maggie recommends the documentary, Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell.
     Our jingle, editing and production is by India Raine. You can email us at cultureclubmail@gmail.com, find us on Instagram at @cultureclubpod, or on our personal accounts at @jasmineeskye and @yemagz.
    Lots of love,
    Maggie & Jasmine xx

    • 43 min

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73 Ratings

73 Ratings

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