Show Your Work: Taylor “spineless feminism” and Constance constant callouts
Last week, after the Women’s March, Taylor Swift tweeted this:
So much love, pride, and respect for those who marched. I'm proud to be a woman today, and every day. #WomensMarch— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 21, 2017
And, well, they came for her. Just read the comments under her post. Two days later, writing for the Daily Beast, Amy Zimmerman called out Taylor for her “spineless feminism”, questioning Taylor’s apolitical approach, arguing that it’s hypocritical for her to base her brand on girl power but stay silent at a time when that very power is being threatened. On this week’s Show Your Work podcast, Duana and I discuss Taylor’s absence from the movement, and whether or not it’s her responsibility to join it. But only after a conversation about the Oscar nominations, the work of one of the writers who received a nomination, and Constance Wu’s criticism of Casey Affleck’s nomination.
That’s not the only tweet that’s noteworthy though. This tweet can’t be ignored:
I've been counseled not to talk about this for career's sake. F my career then, I'm a woman & human first. That's what my craft is built on.— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) January 24, 2017
As we know, Casey Affleck, Oscar or not, will be FINE. But will Constance be fine? What is the limit of what she can “afford” to do? For Constance Wu, her work is inextricably linked to her value and her values. In her mind, her objection to his nomination is a way for her to show her work.
Selena Gomez is currently in Italy on holiday with The Weeknd. Their relationship however distracted from a work story about her that made muted headlines last week.
Selena is the executive producer of 13 Reasons Why, premiering on Netflix in March…directed by Tom McCarthy and Brian Yorkey. Just to be clear, Tom McCarthy directed a film last year. It’s called Spotlight. You might have heard of it? It’s the reigning Best Picture Oscar winner. And his follow-up to that is a Selena Gomez TV project written by a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner. This is the work of Selena Gomez. The stealth work of Selena Gomez?
Finally, this week’s Do We Need To Care/Worry About is about SNL’s Sasheer Zamata. Thanks for all your emails and tweets about Show Your Work. We love this work. And we can’t stop talking about work!
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