The Safe Spaces Podcast finally reaches its coveted Episode 18; which means, in human years, we’re technically adults and do as we please. Then again, we’ve always done that, so maybe it’s not as big a milestone as we thought. No bother, because we’re still dishing out the good stuff, fresh ‘n hot and served just for you!

Things get heated right off the bat with a special introduction from none other than Sir Winston Churchill, or rather, the great Gary Oldman playing the cigar-chomping Churchill in the upcoming movie Darkest Hours. Few things are as inspiring and stirring as a good Churchill speech, and seeing the legendary actor don a fat suit to portray the great man makes for a truly irresistible combination. Always remember: “When you’re going through Hell, keep going.

From here our guests tread where few have gone before, the nominees for the 2017 Emmys, which saw – for the first time – streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu dominate their traditional TV and cable brethren. While our hosts admit to not having seen everything under the sun (who’s got time for all that?), listen with rapture as they share insight and observations to the inner workings of Hollywood, and how success is often predicated by who you know, who you are, and – most recently – what you stand for.

Also, did you know Safe Spaces hosted its first-ever guest, controversial MRA (Men’s Rights Activist), anti-atheist activist, and culture counter-critic Dean Esmay (aka Max Kolbe)? There’s still time to listen right here!

A quick mention about the passing of imprisoned Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who succumbed to terminal liver cancer at the age of 61. An infamous protestor (he was first imprisoned following his appearance at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests), as well as a perpetual thorn in the side of the Communist Chinese government, Xiaobo was a trailblazer in every sense of the word, and the virtual silence following his death in the media is shameless.

Our hosts give him the credit he so thoroughly deserves, delving into a breakdown of Chinese influence in our media culture and how those fighting for “freedom of the press” would do good to study the legacy of this great man. For more info on Liu Xiaobo, check out his official Wiki page – while you can!

Infamous online race-hustler Tariq Nasheed’s recent tweet attempting to link a poster from the new Planet of the Apes sequel, War for the Planet of the Apes, with racialized depictions of black men as gorillas and apes. Specially, Nasheed attempted to “stir the pot” by suggesting a certain blue jacketed ape on the poster was actually an homage to famed #BlackLivesMatter spokesman DeRay McKesson. McKesson initially agreed, launching into a tirade about Hollywood’s shameful past of doing just that (mostly true), though it might’ve helped had the BLM leader done his homework.

It turns out, surprise, that the poster – and well-dressed ape – were actually updates from the original Planet of the Apes films, costume and all. In a stunning move nobody saw coming, least of all our hosts, McKesson admitted his error and apologized. This erasure of assumed “appropriation” only helps prove the Safe Spaces theory that most, if not all, efforts to label every and anything under the same simply as “cultural appropriation” usually falls on its head under the weight of evidence and historical perspective.

A quick aside about the most recent TCOTD (Trump Controversy of the Day) includes none other than our President’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and recent revelations that he did, in fact, meet with what might have been representatives from the Russian government to obtain opposition research (i.e. dirt) on his father’s opponent. Or maybe he didn’t. Nobody really knows EXACTLY what’s happened, though that hasn’t stopped the mainstream media from blasting every theory, conspiratorial or otherwise, into the public consciousness. Consider this mention of Trump’ latest shenanigans a requisite one, if only to humor ourselves.

Our final story of the week comes by way of 18-year-old Vermonter Logan Huysman, whose recent run-in with police left her not only arrested, but the subject of an investigation involving the alleged sexual assault by her arresting officers. Ms. Huysman claimed, via a Facebook post, that while being arrested officers had not only left her with bruises, but had touched her inappropriately. Thankfully, it turns out the officers-in-question were wearing body cameras and had filmed the entire encounter, and released footage quickly exonerated them from certain doom.

The notion of “rape culture” and “believing the victim” are favorite topics for our Safe Spaces hosts, and few stories are better lead-ins to how waiting for evidence and analyzing the facts can make all the difference between “false allegations” and finding true justice for the real victims. Is Ms. Huysman guilty of assuming her “white privilege” inoculates her from her own behavior? Or is she simply an automaton in the social-justice machine, spewing programmed rhetoric as a squid sprays ink to evade captors? Who knows, but a lengthy discussion on both possibilities ensues.

A quick history about the alleged abuse by and towards police officers ensues, including insightful observations regarding both #BlackLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter perspectives. It’s not one you’ll want to miss; just be ready to hear some truly disturbing audio.

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