Benjamin Law and Beverley Wang host your end-of-week blitz on what everyone's watching and listening to right now. Featuring big-name interviews that go deep, and big thoughts on pop culture with your two smart friends — this is the show about how everything in your feed reflects – and affects – the world. Culture moves fast — so Stop Everything! and listen in.
#WrongAsian, Hacks and a new Dr Who
This week Ben and Bev discuss the #WrongAsianing of Labor candidate for Reid, Sally Sitou, why these incidents cut deep and wonder why apologies can be so hard to come by when they happen.
We shove Whovians Rhianna Patrick and Ahmed Yussuf into a Tardis for their take on the news that Sex Education’s super charismatic Ncuti Gatwa will be Dr Who’s 14th Time Lord.
After falling into a coma in 2016, Dave has risen. Comedian Zoë Coombs Marr tells us why her alter ego Dave is the man we need for the times we’re living through.
Also: Hacks is back for its second season — does it live up to expectations?
Dr Fiona Martin and Sally Sitou clash in 2GB on-air debate: https://www.2gb.com/fiery-debate-the-live-on-air-battle-for-reid/
Ncuti Gatwa cast as new Dr Who: https://www.salon.com/2022/05/09/doctor-ncuti-gatwa-education/
Brett Worthington on lies and the death of shame in Australian politics: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-10/election-2022-morrison-deves-trans-albanese-minimum-wage/101052710
Zoë Coombs Marr at the Brisbane Comedy Festival: https://www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com/artists/zoe-marr/
Stop Everything! discussion of Hacks season one: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/stop-everything/all-my-friends-are-racist/13503708
Stop Everything! Discussion on Dave Chappelle’s The Closer: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/stop-everything/bimini-bon-boulash/13597532
Curry discourse and the Met Gala
This week it’s all about curry, capes and … sex clubs.
The PM’s social media obsession with posting his curries hit new highs of engagement when the internet noticed the chicken in his questionably-garnished korma was also questionably cooked. Is the curry discourse a distraction, or can we talk about curry and scrutinise the campaign at the same time?
For those who observe, the first Monday in May is known as Met Gala Day. This year’s theme of ‘Gilded Glamour’ had celebrities turning up in capes and tails. Kim Kardashian went to extreme lengths to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress and her mother, Kris Jenner, dressed up like Jackie O.
Yumi Stynes drops by to chat about season "Sex" of ABC podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk and how she gets women to open up on taboo topics.
Finally, BW and BL dig into Severance.
PM Scott Morrison’s curry: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=554652889363411&set=pb.100044561133947.-2207520000
Vogue Met Gala live blog: https://www.vogue.com/live/met-gala-2022-live-updates?id=6270643b5993216c48e1b303
Ladies, We Need to Talk: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/ladies-we-need-to-talk/
5 minute food fix: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/5-minute-food-fix/id1619052425
BW’s dossier of politicians and food
PM Scott Morrison’s curry
US President George HW Bush vomits at Japanese state banquet
Kevin Rudd eats earwax
Tony Abbott eats bites into a raw onion
Ed Milliband eats bacon sandwich
Bill Shorten eats sausage side-on
Scott Morrison addresses Engadine Maccas rumour
Michaelia Cash’s “curry for the country”
Jimmy Rees’ reinvention and Elon Musk’s twitter takeover
This week, BW and BL writhe their way through their feelings about the world’s richest man’s moves to buy twitter.
BL shares his bulging dossier documenting the rise of full frontal male nudity on television, and what to make of it.
Meanwhile in Australia, Jimmy Rees, formerly known as Jimmy Giggle, discusses exploring Australian history via the world of miniatures in Tiny Oz, life after Jimmy Giggle and how he reinvented his career as a social media comedian during the pandemic.
Tiny Oz: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/tiny-oz#:~:text=Comedian%20Jimmy%20Rees%20and%20tiny,ABC%20iview%20and%20ABC%20TV.
Jimmy Rees: https://www.jimmyrees.com.au/
Jimmy Rees TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jimmyrees?lang=en
Elon Musk’s twitter takeover: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/25/five-things-in-elon-musks-in-tray-after-twitter-takeover
Ben Law’s full frontal dossier:
We’re Everything Everywhere All At Once
We're all over Everything Everywhere All at Once, the multiverse-hopping sci fi action movie starring Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, an exhausted mother and business owner with a tax problem.
You'll hear from Daniels, also known as Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the filmmaking creative forces behind EEAO. BW and BL also share their review.
Also discussed: Harry Styles and Shania Twain at Coachella, worshipping Jesus Christ at 30,000 feet in the air and the Japanese toddler errand-runners of Old Enough.
Everything Everywhere All at Once: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/everything_everywhere_all_at_once
Ke Huy Quan: From Short Round to Romantic Lead in Just Four Long Decades: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/05/movies/ke-huy-quan-everything-everywhere.html
Michelle Yeoh breaks down her most iconic characters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHOSiFzcHJ8&t=913s
Worshipping our King Jesus 30 thousand feet in the air!:https://www.tiktok.com/@jackjenszjr/video/7084616506868387114
Coachella YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHF66aWLOxBW4l6VkSrS3cQ
Old Enough: https://www.netflix.com/title/81506279
Ben and Bev curate iview: https://iview.abc.net.au/collection/guest-curators-ben-bev
Highlights: Billy Porter and Turning Red’s Domee Shi
This long weekend we’re going red red red.
First up, Oscar-winning director Domee Shi on Turning Red, about 13-year-old Meilin Lee’s struggle to tame her inner Red Panda. Shi is the first woman to direct a feature-length film for Pixar, and talks to BW + BL about the film’s setting in her hometown of Toronto, Canada, and the universal themes in Turning Red’s coming-of-age story.
Then, Billy Porter — fashion’s king of the red carpet — joins the House of Stop Everything! The Emmy, Tony and Grammy-award winner discusses his 2021 memoir Unprotected, his life-changing role as Pose’s Pray Tell and the importance of fashion.
Domee Shi: https://www.instagram.com/domeeshi
Turning Red: https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/turning-red/4mFPCXJi7N2m
Bill Porter: https://www.instagram.com/theebillyporter
Billy Porter Emmy acceptance speech: https://www.emmys.com/video/71st-emmy-awards-billy-porter-wins-outstanding-lead-actor-drama-series
Unprotected, By Billy Porter: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/19/books/review/unprotected-billy-porter.html
Killing Eve S4 is baffling but that’s OK? [Do it your way!]
This week we’re baffled by a few things:
A viral thread on ‘mind hacks’ for dealing with Gen X weirdos
Louis C.K. Grammy win for best comedy album in which he talks about how masturbating in front of people is “his thing”
The fourth and final season of Killing Eve, but we’re also kind of OK with that?
And Aaron Blabey — the New York Times-bestselling kids author talks about the Dreamworks Animation feature based on his hugely popular graphic novel series The Bad Guys, and how he stays connected to things that make 6-year-olds laugh.
Generation X is weird: https://twitter.com/girdley/status/1511316479106453511?s=20&t=S-UG4yhBD6V1_9j_XMW5eA
Louis CK’s Grammy win: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/05/arts/television/louis-ck-grammy-backlash.html
Aaron Blabey: https://www.aaronblabey.com/
Killing Eve: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/killing-eve
Don’t stop Benverley
Benverley are my favourite celebrity (gossip) couple in podcasting today.
So many great tip offs on must watch shows, music and movies of our era.
Give Chris rock some time too
I agree with everything in your episode about the oscars
That you started with violence not being acceptable
Also your trying to understand the bigger picture of where will smith is in his life
And his reaction .
I felt that before that, Chris rock deserved praise .
Because he was the recipient of that reaction .
Even if Chris rock did something wrong, you’re admitting that will smith Did do something wrong
and we r being so understanding of the why. so,
Why hesitate to understand Chris rock ? He is entitled to learn from his mistakes too, if in your opinion he made one
Cris rocks reaction was very professional
I think he deserves high praise for his reaction at that moment when it happened
And his follow up of not commenting
And of not pressing charges
All that was such a positive human response
Assessing the ethics and motivations behind topics in popular culture objectively is not easy. Usually a listener gets a left or right view assessment. I think these people try hard to include both perspectives and they also provide enough space to think for yourself. So much reporting and commentary on topics these days is viewed with some degree of bias but through a more balanced methodology these people provide some valuable insights into subject matter that is all to often overlooked. Great work!