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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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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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    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
    The Voyeurism Of Celeb Trials

    The Voyeurism Of Celeb Trials

    Hi pals! 
     
    After our interview last week there’s a lot to catch up on. Firstly, rumours of A$AP Rocky cheating on a pregnant Rihanna spread like wildfire and we share our Coachella highlights (and low lights). 
     
    Next, Johnny Depp is taking his ex-wife Amber Heard to trial over her 2018 Washington Post article about violence against women. We chart the couple's relationship and discuss the social commentary around celebrity trials. Jas references a Guardian article titled ‘The OJ Simpson case 20 years later: making 'trials into television' by ​​Lilah Raptopoulos. We also reference this TikTok by Milani Cosmetics.
     
    Speaking of TikTok, user Kimi has begun a conversation around treating your full-time job as a side hustle. “[I’m] considering my full-time job to actually be my part-time job, and life to be my full-time job.” We discuss the evolution of ambition and work post-pandemic and how we’re incorporating this mindset shift into our own lives. Maggie references her article ‘TikTokers Are Treating Their Full-Time Job As A Side Hustle To Live Their Best Lives & I Want In’ for Refinery29 Australia.
     
    We have two movie recommendations this week! Jas recommends the Comedy/ Adventure film ‘The Lost City’ while Maggie recommends the heart-tugging ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once'. She also references her piece on the movie for Refinery29 which you can read here. 
     
    PSA: We’re taking a short break after this week for a couple of weeks! See you on the other side. Love you.
     
    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 time, 
    Jas and Mags xo

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    • 46 min

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