It’s the Safe Spaces Podcast – Episode 55; just in time for a world gone mad, which means you’re going to need a dose of sanity to get you through the week. Behold – your brief respite from a cold, uncaring world that continually appears to have lost its damn mind. Bon Appétit!

So did you watch the Royal Wedding between Brit Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, i.e. the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex? Probably, but it was likelier you watched the superhero sequel Deadpool 2! Both hugely-anticipated events promise to be spectacular media events, culturally diverse, and guaranteed to pull massive numbers…but only one has Ryan Reynold crotch shots. Co-host Anton saw one and is more than willing to report. God Save the Queen!

From here we travel back in time to witness the future with YouTube Red’s blockbuster revival of Karate Kid’s mythos: Cobra Kai! Not quite a review, but co-host Nate feels this is one nostalgia revival that works on multiple levels, thanks to heartfelt writing and direction from Harold & Kumar creators and career-best performances from original stars/rivals Ralph Macchio (Daniel) and William Zabka (Johnny). With so much misguided focus on ‘toxic masculinity’ and cyberbullying today’s kids, few life-lessons are as psychologically healthy as the realization you can defend yourself. It’s the show you didn’t know you wanted, but desperately the one we need right now.

Speaking of self-esteem, maybe you’re part of the small audience that saw comedienne Amy Schumer’s latest comedy I Feel Pretty, but that’s unlikely. While the film was a tepid bomb, co-host Anton is here to defend both it and its strange message that inner beauty trumps a decrepit fashion industry’s faux ideal. Why are so many straight women drawn to the whims of an industry dominated by the likes of gay men and unrealistic body types? It’s a conversation we need to have – so let’s begin.

And if it’s comedy you want, well, why not boot up Netflix and stream Ali Wong’s latest special “Hard Knock Wife today? She’s back, she’s pregnant (again!), and has words to share… Plus, unlike the Royals and Deadpool, you don’t even have to leave the house. The question remains: why aren’t female standup comics more successful in his more-than-willing environment? That goes double for female Asian comics, too.

And while you’re chilling with Netflix, head over to that other Netflix Original documentary series The Toys That Made Us and help Nate indulge in a little shameless self-promotion. You’ll learn tons you never knew about Barbie, Hello Kitty, and the surprising gender imbalance that nearly killed He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

Also, our hosts say a fond farewell to Tom Wolfe, one of the titans of “New Journalism”, who rocked a white ensemble as well as he did the English language. Recommended reading: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Right Stuff and, of course, Bonfire of the Vanities. Skip the movie, though. We’re sure Tom Hanks wished he had.

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