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This week on Represent, Aisha Harris talks to director and cinematographer Ferne Pearlstein about her new documentary The Last Laugh, which explores the history of Holocaust humor. We discuss who’s allowed to tell Holocaust jokes, how survivors feel about them, and how to find comedy in taboo subjects. Also in this episode, Slate culture intern David Canfield comes on the show to discuss ABC’s four-part gay rights miniseries When We Rise.
The Last Laugh is currently in theaters. Check for a theater near you.
- The Last Laugh trailer
- David’s argument on how When We Rise reflects an outdated way of thinking about TV
- Why When We Rise was the mess we needed—maybe
- “The Depiction of Gay Teens on ‘American Crime’ Is Unprecedented on TV”
- “Asia Kate Dillon on Billions, Nonbinary Gender Identity, and Making TV History”
The Plusses and Deltas for this week:
( + ) Aisha celebrates black audiences watching Get Out. David picks the Showtime series Billions for introducing the first gender-nonconforming character on an American prime-time series, played by Asia Kate Dillon.
( ∆ ) Aisha is not a fan of Armond White’s review of Get Out in the National Review but encourages others to read it to exit their “bubble.” David laments the recent cancelations of USA’s Eyewitness and CBS’s Doubt, which both included strong LGBTQ characters.
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*Correction, March 10: Due to a production error, this page originally misstated that the episode was sponsored by Blue Apron.