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Authors and bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez render judgment on all the latest goings-on in the worlds of celebrity, pop culture, television and fashion. Strap yourselves in for some hilarious opinionating on all the most pressing issues of our time, darlings.

Episode Date
How BLONDE Completely Misses the Point of Marilyn Monroe

T Lo take on the Marilyn biopic BLONDE, starring Ana de Armas, and unpack all of the ways the film brutalizes the memory of Marilyn Monroe in service to a misguided attempt to make a point about her victimhood. PLUS: Another deep dive into HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, with a discussion on the time jump episode THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN. 

Sep 30, 2022
Does the ”Bury Your Gays” Criticism Apply to HOUSE OF THE DRAGON?

T Lo have a few final things to say about the British Royal Family and Queen Elizabeth's funeral before exploring the criticism that HOUSE OF THE DRAGON is homophobic for killing off a gay character. Is "Bury Your Gays" a valid criticism or have we moved past it? Does it even apply to a story as brutal as any set in the GAME OF THRONES universe? 

Sep 21, 2022
Royal Succession Drama, With and Without Dragons

T Lo unpack the latest Targaryen family nastiness in HOUSE OF THE DRAGON before diving into the pomp and circumstance surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's death, the reaction to members of the former British Empire's diaspora communities, the overly reverent response of the media and, of course, all of the behind-the-scenes royal gossip.

Sep 16, 2022
Of Magic Rings and Dragon’s Wings: HOUSE OF THE DRAGON vs. THE RINGS OF POWER

T Lo compare all of the ways HOUSE OF THE DRAGON and THE RINGS OF POWER are similar and do a deep dive on the deep and profound differences in each story. PLUS: All the "Don't Worry Darling" drama, which is too delicious to ignore

Sep 08, 2022
Unpacking That Meghan Markle Profile and Episode 2 of HOUSE OF THE DRAGON

 T & Lo take a good hard look at Meghan Markle's profile in The Cut and how it makes them question the media training both she and Prince Harry have received. PLUS: A deep dive into HOUSE OF THE DRAGON's second episode, THE ROGUE PRINCE. 

Aug 31, 2022

T Lo go in hard on the first episode of the GAME OF THRONES prequel HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, unpacking the themes, story points, cultural histories and characters of the first episode, with a focus on what to look out for, what doesn't quite work as well as it should, and why the show looks different from its predecessor. 

Aug 26, 2022
We Love to See It: Stars Prioritizing Their Mental Health

T Lo talk about the recent announcements by stars Jonah Hill and Tom Holland that they're taking a step back from public life for mental health reasons and unpack all of the implications of that, from their own privilege to the brave celebrities and athletes who paved the way for them. Plus Lorenzo talks about Apple TV+'s PHYSICAL and Tom gives his thoughts on Marvel's SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW.

Aug 19, 2022
Sad Celebrity Stories of the Week

T Lo run down a bunch of sad tales coming out of celebrity land, offering a tribute to the legendary Olivia Newton-John and discussing the travails of Britney Spears, Ezra Miller, and Anne Heche. Plus: What everyone gets wrong about Ben Affleck. And short reviews of UNCOUPLED and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. 

Aug 12, 2022
Everything You Wanted to Know About THE SANDMAN

T Lo review the Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN series of graphic novels, explaining the history of the books, the cultural impact they had, why the fans are so nervous about this adaptation, who the characters are and whether it all works. Spoiler: It does!

Aug 05, 2022
From The Met to the Red Carpet: Why Fashion Matters

T Lo give their impressions of The Met's Costume Institute exhibits, IN AMERICA: A LEXICON OF FASHION and IN AMERICA: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FASHION, exploring how they interpret the history and importance of American fashion, what parts they got right and what parts of the exhibits were lacking. Then, they explore the sudden explosion in creativity and self-expression among male stars on the red carpet. Where did it come from? What's fueling it? Who started it? What does it all mean?

Jul 22, 2022
Beanie, The Bear and a Bunch of Snubs

T Lo review THE BEAR and declare it one of the best shows of the year, review the Emmy nominations and talk about why they are no longer able to highlight the best in television, and unpack the backstage drama of FUNNY GIRL as Beanie Feldstein exits and Lea Michele enters.

Jul 15, 2022
You Can’t Roll A Ball Halfway Down a Hill

T Lo talk about the recent attacks on Drag Queen Story Hour across the country, how they're related to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and why allyship is more important than ever.

Jun 24, 2022
The Enduring Mystique of Marilyn and the Singular Career of Anna Wintour

T Lo dive into a couple of recent stories illustrating the hold Marily Monroe still has on the culture and then they dive deep on the life and career of Vogue editor Anna Wintour in an interview with Amy Odell, author of ANNA: THE BIOGRAPHY. 

Jun 17, 2022
Unpacking and Appreciating FIRE ISLAND

 T Lo review the queer rom-com FIRE ISLAND and explain not only why the film is so fun, but how it honors history and shows an intelligent and insightful understanding of gay male social spaces, both the toxic parts and the life-affirming parts, while showing a wide range of experience/perspectives in a sex-positive, non-judgmental way. 

Jun 10, 2022
All of the Celebrity News We Just Had to Talk About

Kim Kardashian said something really stupid and offensive - again! Sarah Jessica Parker is talking about how she never talks about Kim Catrall - again! And the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard verdict is a sad commentary on where we are and where we're going as a culture. T Lo hash it ALL out for you this week.

Jun 03, 2022
A Springstravaganza of Opinions!

T Lo weigh in on a bunch of topics, from a review of Apple TV+s THE ESSEX SERPENT, to what books they're currently reading, to why criticism is important to consuming any media, to the sudden explosion of interest in the red carpet. It's all musings and observations and a little bit of bitchiness as they touch on a wide range of subject.

May 20, 2022
Feral Audiences and Fave TV Shows

T Lo talk about the recent bad audience behavior on Broadway and in Hollywood involving Patti Lupone, Dave Chapelle and Jesse Williams. Why has everyone forgotten how to sit quietly and clap when expected? Also: Why you need to watch THE STAIRCASE, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS and SHINING GIRLS.  

May 13, 2022
Kim Kardashian, Marilyn Monroe and the Met Gala

T Lo go all in on the biggest fashion story of the week, if not the year, Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe's iconic "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress to the Met Gala. They look at the outrage and the criticisms that immediately arose in response to it, talk about the importance of the dress, why it never should have seen the light of day, and argue that people are angry about the wrong things. 

May 06, 2022
Hot Gossip and Hot Shows to Watch

T Lo run down all of the week's hottest celebrity gossip, from the Olivia Wilde process server incident to the Depp/Heard lawsuit, to Tina Brown's new book on the Royal family. PLUS: A deep dive on season two of RUSSIAN DOLL and a rapturous review of PACHINKO and why you should watch it.

Apr 29, 2022
Performances We’re Loving Right Now

T Lo give the spotlight to eleven performances in film and television that deserve a little more recognition right now and explain why you should watch them, from Michelle Pfeiffer in THE FIRST LADY to Greta Lee in RUSSIAN DOLL to Janelle James on ABBOTT ELEMENTARY and Zoe Kravitz in KIMI, among many others.

Apr 15, 2022
Less About the Slapping, More About the Clapping

T Lo unpack the reactions to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, from why people laughed and clapped to how the Academy responded to why we're all still talking about it days later. PLUS: A review of HBO Max's JULIA, what it gets right about its subject, the legendary Julia Child, and why she makes a good window into mid-century middle class America. 

Apr 01, 2022
William & Kate’s Disastrous Caribbean Adventure

T Lo unpack all the disastrous optics of the Caribbean royal tour with Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. This tour has been so bad that it actually throws the future of the monarchy into question. PLUS: Reviews of TV shows, MOON KNIGHT, STAR TREK: PICARD, THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE, BAD VEGAN and THE DROPOUT. 

Mar 25, 2022
Bono’s Bad Poem and Zelenskyy’s Game-Changing Style

T Lo talk about the newly announced "Gilded Glamour" theme for the Met Gala and why they think Anna Wintour has had it with celebrities. Then they take on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's game-changing wartime leader style, his savvy celebrity understanding of image-craft and fashion and how it ruffles all the right feathers. PLUS: Nancy Pelosi's cringey reading of Bono's poem and why it pissed them off so much.

Mar 18, 2022
Disney, Dukes, and Dolce & Gabbana: How to Cover a Problematic World

T Lo break down the disappointing Disney response to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill as well as recent royal kerfuffles surrounding the Cambridges and Sussexes and the problematic popularity of Dolce & Gabbana on the red carpet, all to explain how things get covered and why things don't get covered. 

Mar 11, 2022
Exploring and Explaining the Costumes of WEST SIDE STORY

T Lo go into a deep dive on the Oscar-nominated costume design by Paul Tazewell for Steven Spielberg's WEST SIDE STORY. They explain the inspirations, the symbolism, and how the costumes work in conjunction with the script, camera movement, digital technology and even the sound design. PLUS: reviews of PIECES OF HER, STAR TREK: PICARD and SEVERANCE.

Mar 04, 2022
Queer Kids Are Under Attack

T Lo unpack the recent changes announced for the Oscars ceremony and why they're so misguided before launching into a discussion of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill and Texas' attack on trans children and why both developments signal a serious danger not only to queer families, but to all families. 

Feb 25, 2022
Oscar Noms, Scam Artists, and Black Dwarven Princesses

 T Lo review INVENTING ANNA, break down the new Tolkien character designs of the RING OF POWER, and unpack the Oscar nominations, including who should win, who will win, and who never got nominated.

Feb 11, 2022
”And Just Like That...”, a Finale

T Lo give the final exhaustive review of the first season of "And Just Like That...," the "Sex and the City" sequel with too much of an agenda to be funny, interesting or entertaining.

Feb 04, 2022
Minnie Mouse and M&M Makeover Madness!

T Lo take on Minnie Mouse's pantsuit and the Green M&M's new sneakers, pointing out how corporations are deliberately turning routine branding exercises into culture war issues to their benefit (and no one else's). PLUS: The latest "And Just Like That..." was only partially problematic!

Jan 28, 2022
The Uncompromising Life and Unvarnished Legacy of André Leon Talley

T Lo remember the legendary André Leon Talley with personal recollections, tributes, and quotes from his life and work, putting into context how revolutionary it was for a large Black queer man to dominate the fashion world. PLUS: Why you should watch "Station Eleven" and why "And Just Like That..." remains a huge disappointment to us.

Jan 21, 2022
SAG Snubs and TV Talk

T Lo talk about the surprising snubs of the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and what they portend for the Oscars before doing another deep dive into the latest episode of "And Just Like That..." PLUS: quick nerd reviews! Why is "Star Trek: Discovery" and "The Book of Boba Fett" so boring? Why is "Peacemaker" so much more fun than we expected?

Jan 14, 2022
Cringing at ”And Just Like That...,” Cheering for ”Yellowjackets”

T Lo cringe at the "Hamilton" cast singing away insurrection, rant about "And Just Like That..."'s pitiful portrayal of middle age cluelessness, and beg you to start watching "Yellowjackets" if you haven't already.

Jan 07, 2022
Our Year-End List of the Best Films and Shows of 2021

Tom and Lorenzo give each of their Top 3 shows and films of the year and the honorable mentions that didn't quite make it. Plus a recap of the latest episode of "And Just LIke That..." - the one with Natasha!

Dec 17, 2021
Diving Into ”And Just Like That...” and Understanding Jeremy Strong

T & Lo unpack the somewhat feverish response to the New Yorker's profile of "Succession" star Jeremy Strong and then dive deep into the first two episodes of "And Just Like That...," as long time fans of "Sex and the City."

Dec 10, 2021
Movie Talk: ”Being the Ricardos,” ”Belfast,” ”The Power of the Dog”

T Lo give their in-depth reviews of "Being the Ricardos," "Belfast" and "Power of the Dog." Is Nicole Kidman a believable Lucille Ball? Does Kirsten Dunst deserve and Oscar? Why did Tom cry through a one third of "Belfast" when it's not a tragedy? And why are all three of these films on their year-end Best list?

Dec 03, 2021
Unpacking ”Spencer” and its Relationship with Accuracy

T Lo dive deep on Kristen Stewart's astonishing portrayal of Princess Diana in director Pablo Larraín's "Spencer," unpacking the film's fantastical interpretation of the Princess of Wales' life and asking question about just how much leeway storytellers should have in interpreting real people.

Nov 19, 2021
”Passing,” ”The Green Knight,” and Respecting the Source Material

T Lo discuss "Passing," starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga and "The Green Knight," starring Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander, diving deep on the themes, art direction, costume design and performances and showing how each film's director let the source material determine the direction, no matter how dated it was.

Nov 12, 2021
The Big Celebrity Stories of the Week and What They Mean

T Lo unpack a whole range of celebrity news, from Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson dating to Chris Pratt trolling the public to Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo's casting in the Wicked movie adaption. PLUS: Why early aughts bloggers had it right when they treated stars with a lot more cynicism than today and why it's pointless to get mad at Kardashians.

Nov 05, 2021
It Doesn‘t Matter How You Dune

It's a sci-fi themed PSO as T Lo explain why Apple TV's "Invasion" is such a disappointment before launching into an extended discussion of director Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune starring Timothee Chalamet. The costumes, the art direction, the performances, their favorite scenes and the cliched Middle Eastern cultural appropriation - they talk about it all.

Oct 29, 2021
A Whole Bunch of Opinions on the World this Week

T Lo unpack the news about the tragic accident on Alec Baldwin's film set and the homophobic attacks on Pete Buttigieg, but first: Are SJP's "And Just Like That" costumes for real? PLUS: Why Nicole Kidman is all wrong to play Lucille Ball and whether biopics need to cast for resemblance or mimicry. 

Oct 22, 2021
The Chappelle Mess, Lizzo‘s Triumph and Project Runway‘s Return

Description: T Lo give their thoughts on Dave Chappelle's transphobic Netflix comedy special and the fallout from it, dissect Lizzo's bold fashion choice for Cardi B's birthday party, and talk about the return of Project Runway for its 19th season and muse on the show's effects and changes in all the years of covering it.

Oct 15, 2021
What‘s Up with ”Squid Game” and ”Diana: The Musical”?

T Lo look at the astonishing popularity of Netflix's breakaway hit "Squid Game" and laugh their way through the hilariously awful "Diana: The Musical" in order to answer one question about both of them: Why are people so fascinated by this? From Harry and Meghan to the fall of capitalism, they break it all down for you. PLUS: Why Adele's double Vogue covers matter and why it's good that they're so different. 

Oct 08, 2021
Let‘s Talk About TV Stuff

It's an all TV TALK episode of the PSO as T Lo dive into the Ellen Pompeo/Denzel Washington "Grey's Anatomy" story and what it says about the insulated lives of stars, then offer their contradictory takes on "Midnight Mass," "Y: The Last Man" and "Foundation."

Oct 01, 2021
Sandy and Megs, Having Themselves a Week

T Lo tackle the ridiculous brouhaha over the "TAX THE RICH" dress Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore to the Met Gala and why she was perfectly in her rights to do so. PLUS: Harry and Meghan make the TIME 100, pose for a really weird picture, get a ton of totally predictable blowback.

Sep 17, 2021
Why The John Mulaney Parasocial Kerfuffle Matters

T Lo take on the huge blowback regarding John Mulaney's personal life and explain all the personal, professional, and societal reasons they're holding firm on their opinion that parasocial relationships with celebrities shouldn't be normalized. Bring back that early aughts cynicism!

Sep 10, 2021
Anti-Backlash Backlash!

T Lo unpack the recent so-called "backlash" against "Ted Lasso," explain why it was inevitable, and take a bunch of TV critics to task for buying into the pernicious "Let people enjoy things" framing. PLUS: A review of Hulu's "Nine Perfect Strangers" and why it seems to be falling so flat. 

Aug 26, 2021
Cringe TV vs. Earnest TV: "Ted Lasso," "The White Lotus" and "Schmigadoon!"

T Lo talk television as they review "Ted Lasso," "The White Lotus" and "Schmigadoon!" and explain why those shows might not be for everyone. PLUS: What's with all these dirty celebrities? 

Aug 13, 2021
Matt Damon is a D-Slur

After his disastrous Sunday Times interview, T Lo run down all of the ways in which Matt Damon has been a blindly privileged, narcissistic jerk and why his latest admission (of using an anti-gay slur) should not be celebrated or explained away so quickly. 

Aug 04, 2021
"Jungle Cruise," Bad Gucci Accents and Hollywood Nepotism

T Lo give their thoughts on the campy Italian accents of the "House of Gucci," review the disappointing "Jungle Cruise," and go off on the blindness of Hollywood elites who think nepotism isn't a factor and that show business is a meritocracy.

Jul 30, 2021
Someone Pry the Olympics Uniforms Out of Ralph Lauren's Hands

T Lo have HAD IT with the preppy nightmares that Ralph Lauren keeps forcing on American Olympians and they'll tell you why his outdated Americana aesthetic is borderline offensive in 2021. PLUS: Prince Harry's memoirs and why they make T Lo cringe!

Jul 23, 2021
Emmy Snubs, "Loki" Disappointments and "Mad Men" in Space

T Lo run down the 2021 Emmy nominations and give their thoughts on who should win and who got snubbed before Tom launched into an extended rant about how much he disliked the "Loki" finale. PLUS: You absolutely MUST watch Apple TV+'s "For All Mankind."

Jul 16, 2021
T Lo's Big Las Vegas Adventure!

T Lo give you the lowdown on all the fun and fabulousness of the Las Vegas leg of their book tour, give their thoughts on the Princess Diana statue, congratulate the new Miss Nevada for making history, and review both "Black Widow" and the latest "Loki."

Jul 02, 2021
Britney's Bombshell and Why Carl Nassib's Coming Out Matters

T Lo talk about the importance of Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib's coming out and why his political affiliations don't matter. Then, they run down Britney Spears' shocking testimony begging for her conservatorship to end and explain why it may be one of the biggest celebrity scandals of all time. PLUS: a review of AMC's confusing "Kevin Can F**K Himself."

Jun 25, 2021
Queer PDAs, The History of Cruising & Hot Reality TV Goss

T Lo gossip about some "Project Runway" designer scandals, weigh in on the Chrissy Teigen and Rita Moreno stories, and talk about the history of queer PDAs, cruising, and non-verbal socializing in the pre-Stonewall era. 

Jun 18, 2021
Dr. Jill's Jacket, the Queens of Hacks, a Forgotten Queer Icon and Lilibet Diana

T Lo talk about Jill Biden's "LOVE" jacket and what it means, gush over the glory of the "Hacks" season finale, profile forgotten trans icon Rachel Harlow, and welcome Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to the world.

Jun 11, 2021
Queer Erotic History, Sex Work, and Why Pride Must Be Horny on Main

T Lo take on the tiresome "No Kink at Pride" discourse by highlighting the importance of queer erotic artists like Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland as well as the brave contributions of the front line of Queer Liberation, the sex workers who fought back first. 

Jun 04, 2021
When Fashion Design Meets Costume Design: "Cruella" and "Halston"

T Lo discuss the Oscar-worthy work of costume designer Jenny Beavan in the surprisingly high-quality and couture-focused "Cruella" and interview Jeriana San Juan, the costume designer for Netflix's "Halston" on how to merge fashion design with the needs of costume design.

May 21, 2021
"Halston," "Hacks" and the Future of the Red Carpet

T Lo gush over Jean Smart and her new HBO Max series "Hacks" and the news that Laverne Cox is taking over red carpet duties on E! Then they give the history behind the legendary "Battle of Versailles" depicted in "Halston;" an event that changed the world of fashion forever.

May 14, 2021
Looking Out Over the Spring 2021 TV Landscape

T Lo report on upcoming seasons of "Lupin," "Call My Agent," and "Making the Cut," before launching into reviews of "Jupiter's Legacy," "The Nevers," and "Mare of Easttown." Plus a look at "Pose" and an explanation of why they don't want to cover the show.

May 07, 2021
Oscar, Halston and Captain America

T Lo talk about the 2021 Oscars and what to expect from this year's red carpet, then Tom launches into a fairly critical review of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and how the series failed before Lorenzo gushes over the upcoming Halston biopic and why it's important.

Apr 23, 2021
Colton Underwood's Problematic Coming Out

T Lo take on the coming out of "The Bachelor" star Colton Underwood, his problematic past, and why you should support the act of coming out even if the person isn't a role model. PLUS: A review of the scandal-tinged but entertaining HBO series "The Nevers" and a look at the anti-queer backlash to a Valentino fashion ad.

Apr 16, 2021
Dr. Jill's Tights and Khloe Kardashian Fights

T Lo take on the minor kerfuffle over what the press called Dr. Jill Biden's "fishnets" and offer their theories as to why people may have been surprised to see FLOTUS rocking them. Then it's on to Khloe Kardashian's public meltdown over a candid photo, what she revealed about her own issues and why her statement lacked self-awareness. PLUS: You should watch "The Great Pottery Throw Down!"

Apr 08, 2021
Going Low on High Culture

T Lo review Netflix's "The Serpent" and Disney+'s "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" before launching into a gushfest over how amazing Michelle Pfeiffer is in "French Exit." PLUS: a long discussion on high and low culture and how most film, television and music critics play into some damaging ideas about who is accessing it and why. 

Apr 02, 2021
Vax Musings, Virality, and Milkshake Duck

T Lo talk about their post-vaccination musings; what they've learned, what's changed, and what they're looking forward to when lockdown ends for good. Plus, the pitfalls of going viral: why Chrissy Teigen's twitter exit, Cinnamon Toast Shrimp Guy and Milkshake Duck represent a shift in social media literacy.

Mar 26, 2021
This Week's Scandals in the World of Fashion

T Lo tackle the kerfuffle over Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Alexi McCammond's resignation over racist tweets, Dolce & Gabbana's racist and problematic history and why it's bad that they've returned to dominating the red carpet, and the Oscar producers recent letter telling nominees they have to attend in person and why that's dangerous and ill-conceived. Plus: Reviews of Zack Snyder's Justice League and slate of Lorenzo's fave upcoming shows.

Mar 19, 2021
Sifting Through the Rubble with Meghan, Harry and Oprah

T Lo unpack all of the details and implications of the Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, from the masterful image craft and media training, to what was said and unsaid in their replies, to the implied threats they made to the royal family and whether or not the British monarchy is truly in any danger given the shocking revelations.

Mar 08, 2021
Navigating the Painful History and Awful Legacy of "It's a Sin"

T Lo talk about the HBO Max drama about the '80s AIDS crisis, "It's a Sin" from the perspective of two gay men who remember those days. A personal and historic journey through the worst years of recent queer history and a bit of an explanation of why older gays are so bad about accepting younger queer identities. 

Feb 26, 2021
Let's Fight Over Meghan and Harry

T Lo debate/argue about all the latest news from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Are they hypocrites? Whiners? Justifiably pissed off? All of the above? PLUS: New York (Virtual) Fashion Week, why "WandaVision" should stick to its weekly release schedule and our thoughts on heading into Year Two of pandemic cultural coverage.

Feb 19, 2021
The Britney Spears Reckoning

T Lo talk about the "Framing Britney Spears" documentary, celebrity culture, and how they had to reckon with their own blogging past. PLUS: A discussion on why "WandaVision" perfectly replicates a specific comic-reading experience, why you should watch HBO's "Lady and the Dale," and a little argument regarding how the "Sex and the City" reboot is dealing with the Samantha question.

Feb 12, 2021
Golden Globes Snubs and a Model Second Daughter

T Lo talk about the disappointing and weird Golden Globes nominations and why they matter, even though they shouldn't. Plus: Ella Emhoff's big-time modeling contract and why they're not thrilled to see the second daughter cashing in so quickly, even if it doesn't count as a scandal. Also: The "Sex and the City reboot! Bad idea or TERRIBLE idea?

Feb 04, 2021
When All Culture Becomes Junk Culture

T Lo talk about the "Sandman" casting news, celebrate the work of Cicely Tyson and Cloris Leachman, review "Call My Agent" and then bat around the question of what's happening to the culture after a year of lockdown. Are we consuming our culture like junk food?

Jan 29, 2021
The Politics of Fashion

T Lo take a look at all the fashions of the Biden inauguration and explain exactly why talking about political fashion is both important and necessary.

Jan 21, 2021
How Vogue did Kamala Harris Wrong

T Lo take a look at the controversy surrounding Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris' covers for Vogue magazine, bringing their knowledge of the magazine's style and inner workings along with their perception of VP Harris' own style and why they two were bound to fail when you put them together. All that plus their reactions to the "Sex and the City" reboot!

Jan 11, 2021
T Lo's Holiday Entertainment Guide

T Lo give their thoughts on a whole bunch of holiday home-viewing options, with reviews of "Tenet," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Bridgerton" and "Wonder Woman 1984." PLUS: Why Tom may never watch "The Mandalorian" again!

Dec 23, 2020
Movie Talk: The Controversies Surrounding "Mank" and "The Prom"

T Lo review "Mank" and respond to the critical kerfuffle surrounding its mythmaking and then tackle Ryan Murphy's "The Prom" and the charges of "gayface" in casting James Corden. PLUS: Dumb online controversies and why they keep happening!

Dec 11, 2020
"The Crown" Meltdown, Elliot Page and the Scary Decline of Movie Theaters

T Lo talk about the silliness surrounding the calls for "The Crown" to label itself fiction, discuss Elliot Page's announcement and how to talk and write about trans celebrities, and respond to the shocking Warner Brothers plan to release their 2021 slate of films on HBO Max.

Dec 04, 2020
The Life and Legacy of Princess Diana

In preparation for season 4 of "The Crown," T Lo take a good long look at the life of Princess Diana - not just the scandals, heartbreaks, revenge schemes and fashion, but the way her tumultuous life changed both the institution of the British monarchy and how the public sees it, but also the royal family itself. 

Nov 13, 2020
AOC, Kim Kardashian and the Shifting Sands of Celebrity Culture

T & Lo contrast the outcry against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Vanity Fair cover with the outrage over Kim Kardashian's tone-deaf 40th birthday celebration, noting how celebrity culture is changing in 2020 while AOC is forcing change on the dried-up world of politics. 

Oct 30, 2020
When Sarah Jessica Parker Calls, Pick Up

T Lo got a surprise phone call from none other than Sarah Jessica Parker, who took issue with something they wrote about her. The resulting conversation was broad, illuminating, sincere, nuanced and friendly as two different sides of the celebrity ecosystem got to hear what it was like for the other one. 

Oct 23, 2020
V TAWK: Star Trek: Disco, Bly Manor, The Undoing and The Queen's Gambit

T Lo talk about a bunch of new shows: The 3rd season of "Star Trek: Discovery," "The Haunting of Bly Manor," "The Undoing" and "The Queen's Gambit." It's a spoiler-free in-depth look at all four, from costumes to stars to sets, locations and special effects.

Oct 16, 2020
Hate-Watching "Emily in Paris" and Mourning "GLOW"

T Lo are amused by the "Emily in Paris" backlash and unpack how and why the show is both a fun distraction and horribly off-tone for the current moment. Plus, a sad goodbye to "GLOW" and other more interesting shows with more complicated characters.

Oct 09, 2020
Hanging with the Boys in the Band

T Lo review and unpack the new adaptation of "The Boys in The Band" on Netflix, offering thoughts as gay men who came of age in the 20th Century and how the play has changed in their minds over time and whether this new version has anything new to say or hits differently in the present day. 

Sep 25, 2020
The "Cuties" Controversy and Our Big Gay Problem with Ryan Murphy

T Lo go into detail as to why the latter work of Ryan Murphy ("Feud," "Hollywood," "The Politician" and "Ratched") bothers them so much before diving headfirst into the controversy surrounding the French coming-of-age film "Cuties."

Sep 18, 2020
Kardashians, Bad Ideas and Fashion Week

T Lo talk about the end of the Kardashians on TV, the awfulness of gender reveal parties, how New York Fashion Week is getting by under lockdown conditions, and the new Oscars diversity guidelines, which may do more harm than good.

Sep 11, 2020
Skating Through The Zeitgeist

T Lo talk about the legacy of Chadwick Boseman, John Boyega's frustration with a racist film industry and fandom, Meghan and Harry's Netflix dollars, and why you should watch HBO Max's new sci-fi series "Raised By Wolves."

Sep 04, 2020
Melania and Meghan

T Lo assess Melania Trump's fashion choice for the RNC and why you shouldn't underestimate her image-craft skills before launching into the latest Meghan Markle scandal (she said you should vote). PLUS: The difficulties of being a content-machine when the world is on fire. 

Aug 27, 2020
Eek, Veep, WAP!

T Lo rave about HBO's "Lovecraft Country," explain why Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris' political style is of no interest, and dive into the controversies surrounding Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP."

Aug 14, 2020
The Ellen Problem

T Lo run down the list of problems and grievances regarding Ellen DeGeneres and her talk show, fro her importance to queer history to the rather familiar undertones of the complaints against her, they try to put the whole mess in context and offer unasked-for advice on the way forward. PLUS: Harley Quinn and Star Trek: Lower Decks reviews!

Aug 07, 2020
Royal Gossip, Madonna Misinfo, and the Virtual Emmys

T Lo take on Madonna's COVID disinformation backlash, talk about the royal gossip from the Harry and Meghan book, and put celebrities on notice for this year's "Virtual Emmys."

Jul 31, 2020
Love & Marriage, Celebrity Style

T Lo talk about three recent scandalous celebrity marriage moments - Kim & Kanye's breakdown, Will & Jada's compromises, and Princess Beatrice and Edo's PR coup of a wedding - and how the public isn't always able to wrap their minds around what these scandals mean.

Jul 24, 2020
Masks, But Make It Fashion

T & Lo talk about the New Normal in the worlds of fashion, celebrity, red carpet, film and television as each industry struggles to find new ways to conduct business as usual. 

Jul 17, 2020
Finding "Hamilton" and Losing it with Cancel Culture

T Lo give their late thoughts on the "Hamilton" film, discuss the life of Walter Mercado as depicted in "Mucho Mucho Amor" and go on a tear against powerful pundits and authors who think they're being canceled when they're just being disagreed with.

Jul 10, 2020
Love in the Name of Pride

T Lo talk about Pride traditions, their book, how photography helped form queer identity, transgender representation and the Netflix documentary "Disclosure," and when we can expect the entertainment industry to open again.

Jun 26, 2020
Empty Gestures and Performative Allyship

From this week's "Gone With the Wind" controversy to J.K. Rowling's transphobia controversy to celebrities shooting yet another badly conceived but well-intentioned video about racism, T Lo tackle all the ways in which the culture is failing to rise to the current moment. 

Jun 12, 2020
Politics, Social Justice and Pop Culture Colliding

T Lo talk about their responsibilities during a time of protest and run down some of the recent controversies surrounding Meghan Markle, Lea Michele, and RuPaul - all of which intersected with the political winds of the moment. 

Jun 05, 2020
Riots, Reunions, and Royal Drama

T Lo talk about the history of rioting and civil unrest, the life of Larry Kramer, the Tatler drama with the Cambridges, Homecoming's second season, and the Drag Race zoom reunion.

May 29, 2020
Domestic Goddess Drama and a Runway Rethinking

T Lo debate the newest proposal to revamp the fashion industry and give their thoughts on the Alison Roman, Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo throwdown.

May 15, 2020
The Misguided Corrections of "Hollywood"

T Lo discuss the misguided wokeness of Ryan Murphy's "Hollywood" series, the completely unrecognizable third season of "Westworld," and the recent brouhaha surrounding Adele's weight loss. 

May 08, 2020
Zooming Through It All

T Lo look at recent attempts to provide pop culture in the midst of a pandemic, like the "Parks & Recreation" reunion, the Disney singalong, the Sondheim tribute, and the recent videoconferenced "Saturday Night Live" episodes, and ask, "Is this what the people want?"

May 01, 2020
The Final Call on "Making the Cut"

Lo recap the final two episodes of "Making the Cut" and reveal why the show is a poor substitute for "Project Runway."

Apr 24, 2020