Welcome to Safe Spaces Episode 19; the theme ‘o the day, sadly, is death, death, and death some more. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a little fun; especially when there’s so much silliness out there worth deconstructing and taking apart as only our two overly opinionated hosts can. Let’s get on with the show!

Things kick off on a sour note as three beloved celebrities passed away this week: the legendary director George A. Romero (who gets a special segment all to himself), award-winning actor Martin Landau, and Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. While the latter two managed to live well into their 70s (and beyond), in the case of Bennington it was suicide that took the troubled singer to that darkest of places.

If you find yourself struggling with thoughts and feelings that border on the unbearable, know that you’re not alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has people standing by for just such occasions, so why not take a chance and reach out? The website is packed full of helpful info, and the toll-free number is super easy enough to ring up: (800) 273-8255.

A quick update on one of Safe Spaces’ least-favorite individuals: Mattress Girl, aka Emma Sulkowicz, the “performance artist” who massively profited both culturally, academically, and notoriously over her Carry the Weight antics of dragging a mattress around campus, saw the man she accused of sexually assaulting her, Paul Nungesser, settle with Columbia University over his allegations that the University failed to prevent harassment. It’s one for the ages, folks, and not a segment you don’t wanna miss. Also, consider this our final thoughts on the entire Mattress Girl nonsense. Good riddance!

Perhaps you’ve heard there’s a new Christopher Nolan film opening this weekend, one about the famed Battle of Dunkirk called – shockingly – Dunkirk. The film has been earning rave reviews from all corners, though one in particular has lit the internet on fire. Brian Truitt’s otherwise glowing review in USA Today praised the film from top to bottom, though he worries that “there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way.

Historical accuracy aside, perhaps Nolan should have looked towards his country’s other big export making headlines this week, the long-running BBC show Doctor Who, which recently announced the lead character would be played by (gasp!) a female lead for the first time in the show’s 50+ year history. As Jodie Whittaker prepares to take over the TARDIS from the exiting Peter Capaldi, there’s certainly much hay being made online with true Whovians… or is there? Our hosts examine the alleged outrage, which is kind of like actual outrage, only amped up to 11.

Never one to be outdone, our hosts close out Episode 19 with another salvo aimed at the recently paroled OJ Simpson… what else can be said of the disgraced footballer, accused murderer, armed robber, and Naked Gun actor? Let’s hope he manages to stay out of trouble this time, as we’d love nothing better than to never, ever have to mention his name again, in any context. The Juice is Loose… for better or worse. Only in OJ’s America, boys and girls!

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