I just want to mention some moments from popular media that made an impact on me, mostly from television:
Years and Years, “The Erstwhile Sites”
The miniseries Years and Years was the best thing on television. Emma Thompson plays Prime Minister Vivian Rook, who, on this clip, explains how the government can get away with concentration camps. This show is a dystopia that is too real.
Black Mirror, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too”
The episode was not very well-liked, and I get it. What I like about it is that the plot mirrored the message of faux-feminist consumerism: the Ashley O doll sold girls a stylized, predictable type of feminism, and the plot followed tropes of young-adult plots. Also? The song is pretty good.
The opening scene to Climax, a very flawed and anxiety-producing film. I’m no dance expert, but I recognize various influences from Harlem drag balls.
Moira Rose, icon. The thing about Schitt’s Creek is that it pulls off sentimental and sincere.