The Week That Was: Thoughts on the Drag Race Industrial Complex, Diving into the Britney #Discourse and More

**This article was written in mid-February but published in late March**

We Failed Britney (and we continue to do so…)

Britney Spears (credit: Herb Ritts)

The opening moments of Framing Britney Spears speak to the aura of mystery and distance that surrounds its namesake superstar. The New York Times documentary begins with a supercut of Britney fans across social media sharing videos and information supporting the #FreeBritney movement. It then shows footage from a #FreeBritney protest, at which masked and socially distanced fans discuss what the singer…


RIP SOPHIE </3

A generational talent: SOPHIE (credit: Charlotte Wales)

The past week saw the music industry and pop fans reeling from the tragic sudden death of producer SOPHIE at the age of 34, after a shock accident in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 30th January. SOPHIE was a trailblazer in the industry, a key figure in the invention of what we now term hyperpop. There would be no Charli XCX, no 100 gecs, no Rico Nasty, at least not in the way we know them, if it wasn’t for SOPHIE. …


Jayda G (credit: Silvia Lopes)

One month into 2021 and things have been… rough. Rough is perhaps an understatement. Maybe categorically horrific is more appropriate. Between wading through a sea of uni work, actual work, and just trying to keep myself fed and washed and clothed, I am barely functioning as a normal human being.

One thing that has kept me sane during this hellscape has been running. In some ways, running has become a coping mechanism to deal with the stress of trying to exist in this current moment. Despite the fact I’m not very good at it, and that I have been suffering…


Promo image for folklore (credit: Beth Garrabrant)

One of my most clichéd cultural stances is that I consider myself an OG Taylor Swift stan. I grew up on the dramatised high school confessionals of Fearless and Speak Now. I survived my teen years with the pop mastery of Red (her best album imo) and 1989. But then, in 2017, when she released ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, I was kind of over being a Swiftie. Whilst now I can acknowledge that it is a bit of a farcical camp romp, befit for a villain’s solo moment during a Disney musical cartoon, at the time I thought…


L-R: David Carlyle, Callum Scott Howells, Olly Alexander, Lydia West and Nathaniel Curtis in It’s a Sin (credit: Channel 4)

There is a scene in the first few minutes of It’s a Sin, Russell T. Davies’ latest epic drama about the 1980s gay community in London, which sums up the essence of the show. Teenage Roscoe, tired of being ostracised from his homophobic family, defiantly storms out of the house, befit in a crop top, miniskirt and head-wrap. Pacing across the street in the pouring rain, umbrella in hand, the cries of his father in the background are drowned out by the sound of Kelly Marie’s 1981 disco classic, ‘It Feels Like I’m in Love’. The scene is poignant, delightfully…

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