Sex, drugs and addiction in media

Cutting Room Floor

And we as an audience, cheered Jim Morrison on. People came out to see this dramatic antihero swagger around the stage completely wasted, yelling at cops and starting fights. But did anyone never spare a thought as to what that performance might be reflecting about the man underneath?
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It’s only a matter of time

Cutting Room Floor

Bad timing was at the foundation of our breakup. But we made it a hell of a lot worse on ourselves by not swiping the scene when we should have — instead maintaining a tenuous friendship that slowly and painfully fizzled out as he moved on.
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The perfect band aid

Views from the Outside

I revisit my adolescent angst in the dramatic throes of Linkin Park’s “Numb,” and I cringe at my compulsory desire for heterosexuality when I hear the Jonas Brothers sing “When You Look Me in the Eyes.”
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The Acade(me) Awards

Views from the Outside

I wanted to be a whole slew of firsts, and initially, I found my dream to be a tribute to my tenacity. It was, for a time, what I wanted most out of a career in the industry. And then #OscarsSoWhite happened.
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Love, Simon, actually

I want greater representation for all of us. And for me, I would love to see a cheesy rom-com starring an all-womxn cast. It would be revolutionary and so important for the community.
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Haunted houses and boogeymen

Views from the Outside

As a Black person, I already spend enough of my time looking over my shoulder for very real threats to my safety. Now we have to add supernatural threats to the list? Come on, guys. Give it a rest.
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‘Stranger Things’ have happened

Views from the Outside

I want a film or TV show rich in characters that look like me, that look like Data and Lucas, so that I’ll have no choice but to understand that people like me deserve the chance to experience the incredible.
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Me, you and the Grinch

Views from the Outside

What else was I, a young child of color living in the very white Huntington Beach, California, meant to do with a character like the Grinch? I’d been conditioned up to this point to know that if a character was any color other than white, there was something about them that I’d internalize whether I liked it or not.
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Yes, I’m a film major. No, I don’t have a favorite film.

Cutting Room Floor

When I tell people I’m a film major, I’m met with fleeting expressions of confusion as to why I’m studying film at a school historically not known for its film department. But then, I am always inevitably asked what my favorite film is as if I should have some extra authority on the subject.
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Real life isn’t directed by John Hughes

Cutting Room Floor

I was afraid of making the “wrong” decisions, and consequently, I wasn’t satisfied with the life I was living. Then I watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a quintessential ‘80s movie.
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