The Safe Spaces Podcast has reached Episode 36, a real cultural milestone where parades and other niceties wouldn’t be frowned on (if we’re being truthful). In the absence of such things, however, we’ll settle for a good old-fashioned roundtable of the latest cultural fracas. Sexual assault, harassment, and other sensitive stuff is off the table this week, so no trigger warnings are necessary.
Not that our hosts aren’t bound to tick off someone – anyone – with a healthy helping of truth, justice, and the American way. Speaking of ticking people off, it seems like a cartoon favorite is doing just that in The Simpson’s resident Kwik-E-Mart owner – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Despite being a cultural figure for nearly three decades, his portrayal (voiced by Hank Azaria) hasn’t set well with everyone, including Indian-Americans. One of them, comedian Hari Kondabolu, has taken this outrage to new levels in his upcoming documentary “The Problem With Apu“, which features fellow Indian-American Kal Penn and others discussing Springfield’s most famous Asian-American citizen.
Have you heard about the latest craze in self-inflicted emotional trauma? That’s right, we’ve got a new term for lucky Safe Spaces listeners: microinvalidations! Yes, it’s not just making our spellchecks go nuts, but the newly christened term is bound to help fill the victimization gap between actual aggression and the garden-variety micro kind.
Color us surprised, but there’s even more outrage regarding a controversial new app, MakeApp, which lets users digitally ‘remove’ makeup and foundation from photos. It turns out, the vast majority of these photos are of women, many of whom don’t like said app performing said removal. Our hosts take on not just the app’s curious functionality, but attempt to determine the root cause of what the fuss is about. Seems there’s more to this whole foundation thing than meets the beautifully cut creased eye. Yeah, we said it.