Show Your Work: Beyoncé’s blessing, Ben's admission, and the mothers of superheroes
Duana and I had always intended for this week’s episode of Show Your Work to be about Beyoncé, because this weekend was the one year anniversary of Formation. Then, well, Beyoncé released the Beyoncé Pregnancy Package and so, obviously, we had to discuss the rollout of the announcement, and how her personal celebration made public works to preserve what she keeps private, as Jenna Wortham suggested last year in a piece for The New York Times. And, of course, beyond the work talk, we had to break down the look of these pregnancy photos. Duana kept going on about the organza! After Beyoncé, who was the main event at the Super Bowl last year, we get into Lady Gaga and, even though she’d yet to perform at the time of our recording, the expectations on what she would bring to the show. Looking back now, I don’t think we were too far off.
Then… Ben Affleck. It was reported last week that Ben will no longer be directing The Batman, focusing instead on playing the part. In a statement about the decision, Ben explained that “it has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require”. How often do we hear this kind of… admission… coming out of an artist like Ben Affleck? And what is the motivation behind it? Showing your work, sometimes, for all of us, means saying no, in favour of what’s “more” right. Ben’s assessment of what’s “more” right, in this case, is so insightful.
While we’re talking about superheroes, Nicole Kidman is apparently negotiating to play Aquaman’s mother. Aquaman, Jason Momoa, is 12 years younger than Nicole. TWELVE YEARS. Pretty sure it’s not a spoiler when I tell you that we end up ranting about this.
Finally, two reader letters, one complimentary, and one rather critical.
Attached - Ben Affleck out in LA with Jennifer Garner and their kids on the weekend.