It’s Episode 79 of the Safe Spaces Podcast – still pumping out aural greatness, despite a viral pandemic, and still delivering the goods totally gratis in your time of need. Not that we wouldn’t mind a few coins in our coffers (ahem), but on with the show!

Our hosts pay their respects to the late, great Richard Wayne Penniman, i.e. Little Richard, who passed away this week at the tender age of 87. One of the most influential innovators in the development of rock ‘n roll, the lavishly coiffured entertainer would help bust the segregation door open for countless other acts, helping integrate music on the dancefloor and on radio stations across the nation with hits like “Tutti-Frutti”, “Good Golly, Miss Molly”, “Rip It Up” and so many others. A-Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom!

Also, big cat provocateur and glitter enthusiast Roy Horn (one-half of Siegfried & Roy) also passed this week at the age of 75, allegedly from coronavirus complications. RIP, too, but Horn was certainly no Joe Exotic.

The AP Stylebook would have you believe a fun and lovable word like “mistress” should be verboten in today’s forward-thinking and progressive-minded dialogue. They feel that such a term is now considered “archaic and sexist”. Well, the AP Stylebook is wrong. Totally wrong, baby! And who better to help prove that mistress isn’t archaic and sexist than Cassandra Peterson, i.e. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark? Right off the bat we can think of two excellent reasons without even trying.

When the original publisher of writing, directing and distinctive talking legend Woody Allen’s memoir, Apropos of Nothing, was shuttled after the staff at Hachette Books staged a walkout many thought we’d never see a copy in print. Thankfully, the folks at Arcade Publishing valued freedom of speech (as well as money) over premature censorship and the book has finally arrived for your reading / listening pleasure.

Our hosts take the briefest of diversions to chat about Allen’s strange recollections about thriving in La La Land for over half a century and even the reheated sexual allegations against him that resurfaced during the twilight hours of the #MeToo moment. Check it out – because you totally can. Isn’t choice nice?

One of the year’s most anticipated games is… going to have to be a little more anticipated. Naughty Dog, developers of the Uncharted series, had pegged May 2020 for releasing The Last of Us Part II, the followup to their 2013 post-apocalyptic blockbuster about love in the time of plague and cannibalistic zombie creatures.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan as the game was met with delays, more delays, and then the whole coronavirus pandemic happened. Things only got much worse when a massive set of leaks showcasing the game’s, um, controversial narrative direction and spoiler-riddled cinematics. Suffice to say, fans were split all over the place, united in only one thing: they didn’t like.

But should that matter? Should “fans” of an unreleased game hold such cultural sway when said game hasn’t even been released? The same tired tropes of misogyny and homophobia can’t be far behind, and it looks the Dave Chappelle’s “alphabet people” are in the mix as well. Our hosts reserve their final judgements until they’ve had a chance to actually play the game for themselves, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pontificate with the best of them.

Murder Hornets Are Coming! The latest sensation in the race to terrorize your newsfeeds and headlines, as the coronavirus pandemic begins to chill these poor “giant Asian hornets” have been recruited by a crass media cartel hoping to keep the scare train on its tracks. Yes, coming in at 2” they’re big, and yes, they can take out a full-sized mouse with their enormous stingers.

But man and hornet have been living together in relative harmony for centuries, and we shouldn’t have to say it, but please don’t kill innocent bees and other friendly insects. There are scarier things out there than misnamed eusocial wasps – like scaremongering media outlets, for starters. Stay safe!