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This week on The Deep Dive: Why we love Hello Kitty so much, 1950s dating culture will make you wonder how we ended up taking dating so seriously, Argylle may not have been written by Taylor Swift but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre, Bravo can excuse wire fraud but it draws the line at adultery (sometimes), and Godfather fans owe Sofia Coppola an apology. Also, check out this week’s poll for a chance to get a shoutout next week. 🐰
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What They Don’t Tell You About Hello Kitty by Jordy McNeill (14:32)
Even as a lifelong Hello Kitty fan, there’s a good chunk of the lore I was never aware of and in this video, Jordy McNeill tells Hello Kitty’s origin story and explains why we can’t ever seem to get enough of her, even when she’s absolutely everywhere. Hello Kitty has parents and a twin sister. She’s also British (without the accent) and loves baking and making friends, who you also might be familiar with. But why doesn’t she have a mouth? As it turns out, that might have to do with the way faces are drawn in some traditional art styles to allow viewers to identify with the work. And yes, Hello Kitty may not be a cat, but is Mickey Mouse really a mouse?
A Deep Dive Into The 1950s Dating Culture by Karolina Żebrowska (32:35)
If you’ve ever wondered why your grandparents seem to have so many exes from their younger years despite getting married at age 20, here’s your answer. In this video, Karolina Żebrowska breaks down the norms of 1950s dating culture in the US through a series of dating guides, advice columns, and diary entries from the time – and they might not be what you’re expecting. Here’s a list of things that were pretty much A-OK according to young people in the 1950s: dating your friends’ exes/current crushes, going on a date while you were already “going steady” with someone else, and ending a years-long relationship with your steady partner without really telling them.
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People think Taylor Swift wrote a movie. It’s SO BAD. by D’Angelo Wallace (34:23)
What is going on with Argylle? If Taylor Swift didn’t write the book, then who did? And how did news come out that it would be adapted into a movie before the book was even released? In this video, D’Angelo Wallace gets to the bottom of Argylle’s story – and it’s even weirder than you think. For what it’s worth, the media firestorm around the book and movie did get audiences (especially Swifties) interested. But commissioning a book for a movie so that the movie looks like it was based on a book to align with the movie’s plot about the book? Whatever, as long as more effort was put into creating a good story than coming up with a clever marketing campaign…
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Real Housewives by Broey Deschanel (38:59)
If there’s one thing I’m always going to do, it’s immediately click on a Broey Deschanel video essay about reality TV. In this video, Broey taps into my guiltiest pleasure: overanalyzing how our favorite trash TV reflects the human condition. You may have heard about Vanderpump Rules’s #Scandoval and the troll-exposing, salacious finale of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, but you may not even know about the countless scandals that took place on both of these shows that are just as bad and, in many cases, even worse. How does Bravo decide which bombshell events are worth a juicy, documentary-style additional episode and which are just business as usual? It depends.
Sofia Coppola and The Godfather Part III Disaster by Be Kind Rewind (54:58)
I clicked into this video fully expecting to click out immediately after the obligatory 10 minutes I give each video essay I watch. After all, I’ve never seen The Godfather movies, I’m the furthest thing from a film buff, and I only have a vague understanding of Sofia Coppola’s directorial work. But Be Kind Rewind’s telling of the story of The Godfather Part III was just too compelling. In this video, BKR takes us through Sofia Coppola’s life in the public eye, culminating in a disastrous, high-pressure introduction by way of the worst installment of The Godfather trilogy. Critics, audiences, and members of the media seemed to take joy in piling on Coppola for her subpar performance in the film. Good thing acting was never really her thing to begin with.
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