Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Oh, Oops, Ha, or Hmmm” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Long Shot, Dead to Me, and the state of camp in 2019.

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This week, Dana, Steve, and Julia discuss Long Shot, a rom-com starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron that has left audiences divided. It’s a smarter spin on the “schlubby guy gets the girl” dynamic that’s been a staple of the genre for so long—so why did it flop at the box office? Next, they take on Dead to Me, a new Christina Applegate-led Netflix noir. The black comedy offers a surprisingly thoughtful portrait of grief, but are the endless twists actually in the service of the story or just a byproduct of the binge-watching era? Finally, this year’s Met Gala sparked a spirited debate among critics and Twitter commentators about whether attendees succeeded in channeling camp. The gabbers are joined by Slate’s own Bryan Lowder to discuss the most memorable looks of the evening and why the theme proved so elusive.


Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

Long Shot starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen
• “That Movie About Charlize Theron Falling for a Schlubby Seth Rogen Is Actually Pretty Feminist” by Inkoo Kang in Slate
Tully starring Charlize Theron
• “The Schlubby Guy Gets the Girl, Again” by Rob Harvilla in the Ringer
Dead to Me starring Christina Applegate
Freaks and Geeks
Killing Eve
• Susan Sontag’s “Notes on ‘Camp’
• “What Camp ‘Is’ ” by Bryan Lowder in Slate
• Bryan Lowder’s Postcards from Camp
• “Did the Met Gala Achieve Camp?” by Christina Cauterucci in Slate
• “Why Met Gala Attendees Always Screw Up the Theme” by Amanda Mull in the Atlantic


Dana: Behind Lady Gaga’s Legendary Met Gala Looks” in Vogue and Kevin Brownlow and David Gill’s series Hollywood


Julia:Give It Up” by KC & the Sunshine Band

Steve:Kawhi Leonard and a Story of Four Bounces” by Barry Petchesky in Deadspin and “Must We Mean What We Say?: On the Life and Thought of Stanley Cavell” by Marshall Cohen in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Outro: “Soul Relief” by True Messenger

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