44 episodes

Do you find yourself jumping Straight to the Comments only to wonder why online threads are so addictive? Join Lisa and Sarah, two longtime friends, as they dissect online comments, discuss pop culture and examine how it impacts their own lives. Straight to the Comments dives head first into both the comedic value and deeper meaning of gossip and why we can’t get enough.

This is Gossip without the Guilt.

Hosted by 2 Brits abroad, Lisa Williams, a communications consultant living in Oslo, and Sarah Illingworth, a psychology graduate and writer living in Cape Town. Produced by Emily Crosby Media.

Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s2tcpodcast/

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    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

Do you find yourself jumping Straight to the Comments only to wonder why online threads are so addictive? Join Lisa and Sarah, two longtime friends, as they dissect online comments, discuss pop culture and examine how it impacts their own lives. Straight to the Comments dives head first into both the comedic value and deeper meaning of gossip and why we can’t get enough.

This is Gossip without the Guilt.

Hosted by 2 Brits abroad, Lisa Williams, a communications consultant living in Oslo, and Sarah Illingworth, a psychology graduate and writer living in Cape Town. Produced by Emily Crosby Media.

Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s2tcpodcast/

    The Return of Reddit Roulette: Secret Money & Trauma Dumping

    The Return of Reddit Roulette: Secret Money & Trauma Dumping

    In the last episode of Season 3, we bring back Reddit Roulette (from Season 1, episode 10) - our mashup of all things Reddit and Chatroulette . We spin the wheel to discuss who the a****** is in a relationship conflict, as well as discussing trauma dumping, how to navigate financial disparity in relationships, and the big topic of boundaries. Are they always healthy, or are they sometimes misused to manipulate and control?
    We also review this season, and cover some of the topics we’ve been asked about, but not managed to include so far, including Kate Beckinsale, and crystal baths.
     
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    • 47 min
    Elizabeth and Damian Hurley, boundaries and naughty cats

    Elizabeth and Damian Hurley, boundaries and naughty cats

    When Damian Hurley released his debut film, "Strictly Confidential," people were shocked that he directed raunchy scenes starring his own mother, Elizabeth Hurley. From critics labelling their relationship as "disturbing" to others dismissing them as mere "publicity hounds," we dissect some of the fierce responses to this erotic thriller and reflect on the discomfort it evokes.
    In our guessing game, we go into the wild comments around boundaries.
     
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    • 25 min
    Love, as an older woman: Sam Taylor-Johnson, Kylie Minogue and Drew Barrymore

    Love, as an older woman: Sam Taylor-Johnson, Kylie Minogue and Drew Barrymore

    Cougar, MILF, or even a tragic singleton like 'Bridget Jones', today, we are looking at all the comments used to describe older women when it comes to love and dating.
    Sam Taylor-Johnson, in the promotion of her new Amy Winehouse film, is facing renewed scrutiny over her marriage to Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is 23 years her junior. We talk about the internet's intense fascination with their relationship.
    We also examine the concept of 'unlucky in love Kylie,' even as she is riding a career high. We wonder why this label of romantic misfortune persists and if it is part of the idea of the female 'Oscar Love Curse'?
    Lastly, we explore the stories of women like Drew Barrymore, Linda Evangelista and Enya, who have all said they have 'had it' with romantic relationships.
    Join us as we discuss why older women often face so much scrutiny in their search for love or their choice to live without it. And are we ready to move past labels such as 'cougar' and 'spinster'?
     
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    • 56 min
    Rebel's Revelations, Wino Forever and Lizzo Quits?

    Rebel's Revelations, Wino Forever and Lizzo Quits?

    A year on since we did our "Fatshaming" episode featuring Adele, Rebel Wilson, and Lizzo, we find the three women are once again the centre of attention due to discussions about their weight. With Lizzo announcing she is "quitting" due to body-shaming and Rebel claiming in her new memoir "Rebel Rising" that Adele "hates her" because they were both plus-sized women in the entertainment industry, we dive into the online reactions to these unfolding stories.
    But first, we start with our comment guessing game, which involves Sons of Anarchy and Angelina Jolie.
    Questions for us or comments you want us to review?
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    • 35 min
    “My Emotional Truth”: The Case of Hasan Minhaj, Prince Harry and Jay Shetty

    “My Emotional Truth”: The Case of Hasan Minhaj, Prince Harry and Jay Shetty

    Since Oprah brought self-help and therapy speak into the mainstream, more and more people have been talking about “speaking my truth” over telling the truth. From Prince Harry to Britney Spears, the celebrity memoir has often been sold as the chance to read their “personal truths”. But what does this really mean? And are there different types of truth? 
    When Hasan Minhaj was called out by the New Yorker for lying, he defended himself by claiming “emotional truths” were more important than facts. Then, just last month, The Guardian wrote an exposé, ‘Uncovering the Higher Truth of Jay Shetty,’ about Shetty’s alleged misrepresentation of his backstory in his climb to stardom.
    Today we are asking, has the rise of therapy speak brought us all self-awareness, or is it now being weaponised? And can anything be emotionally true if it significantly varies from the actual facts?
    Join us as we go straight to the comments to see if we can handle the (many) truths...
    Questions for us or comments you want us to review?
    We love answering your questions and analysing stories you have found. Send them to us over on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s2tcpodcast/
    If you enjoyed the show, please give us a 5* review on Spotify and review on Apple.
    This series is produced by Emily Crosby Media.

    • 50 min
    Meghan Markle’s new brand launch and is Temu stalking us all?

    Meghan Markle’s new brand launch and is Temu stalking us all?

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is back with the launch of her new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard. Today, we are examining the mixed (putting it mildly) reactions to her launch, particularly the responses to The Cut’s Instagram post, questioning the timing of her launch. Did Meghan really deliberately time her launch to divert attention from Kate Middleton? What exactly is her new brand and who is her target audience?
    Also, Sarah tries to guess which company is stalking Lisa online (maybe even you?). Get ready to find out about Temu, supposedly the fastest growing company in the world, which no one seems to know much about.
    Questions for us or comments you want us to review?
    We love answering your questions and analysing stories you have found. Send them to us over on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s2tcpodcast/
    If you enjoyed the show, please give us a 5* review on Spotify and review on Apple.
    This series is produced by Emily Crosby Media.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Anna2679 ,

Original and Thoughtful

Thank you for always being kind and compassionate around topics where others come off as snarky and sophomoric. Love this podcast and the personalities of the hosts.

samtha3133 ,

You don’t know Temu??

Stopped listening after one episode. They have never heard of Temu? Or took this long? can’t believe this is too 5 podcast in UK.
These women don’t seem very smart (how do they make it so cheap?)…it’s called straight from China!

J--bone ,

Loved!

Thought provoking and entertaining material ladies! I don’t follow pop culture very often or with any real depth, but I didn’t have to know the characters here to feel the relevance to my own life. Loved the convo, your balanced viewpoints and especially your laugh Lisa!!

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