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Hollywood is very hard for people that look like me, Kit Harington.


Kit Harington, the most recent celebrity lamenting about their struggles as an attractive person, needs you to know how hard it is to be a good-lookin’ man in Hollywood.

The Game of Thrones star describes how unfair it is that you only want him for his body (paywall). “There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well,” Harington said, sharing his frustration about being “asked to strip down” during photoshoots. Harington longs to gain the recourse women in the film industry have against sexism — hey, stop laughing! Let him finish! Harington explains that well, actually, ” I think there is a double standard. If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right.”

It’s not to say that Harington doesn’t have a sliver of a point: men struggle with body images too, and the media certainly has a role in this. But, Jon Snow is still firmly entrenched on Charlize Theron’s submarine, submerged in the depths of remarkable shallowness.

Here’s a reasonable litmus test, maybe we’ll call it the “Viola Davis exam.” Can you, within reason, imagine Viola Davis, a fantastic actress that has worked through scrutiny about not being viewed as “classically beautiful” (which is to say, she is not white) reading Harington, or Theron, or the next beautiful white star complaining about the particular challenges of being a beautiful white person, without also picturing this reaction gif?

If our Viola-test can’t help but eye-roll, even the earnest angst from Harington and others is probably overblown, if not utterly engulfed, by a bias shaped from privilege.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


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New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


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This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.