FFR #37: Blindspotting

This week on FFR, we’re discussing the potent and perceptive cocktail of comedy and drama that is Blindspotting. An insightful, powerful and deeply funny new film about Oakland, Blindspotting explores the impact of police violence, gentrification, and racism through the lens of a lifelong friendship between Collin, who is black, and Miles, who is white. Our conversation covers the film’s concerns with race and privilege, what it means to be an authentic Oaklander, the roles women occupy in Blindspotting, and more.

In addition, we cover the racist response to black actor Anna Diop’s casting as Starfire in Titans, the Fox-Disney deal’s implications for the MCU, and some of our favorite recent reads and listens! Also, we feature our first ever listener-submitted FREQ-Out, and Anita tries to pronounce the title for the upcoming Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman. Submit your own FREQ-Out by visiting feministfrequency2020-production.mystagingwebsite.com/freqout/!

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Segment Timestamps:

:00 introductions and banter

4:05 pop culture news: racist responses to Anna Diop as Starfire in Titans, the Fox/Disney merger and the MCU

12:45 Blindspotting

41:35 What’s Your FREQ-Out?!

49:40 Conclusion and what’s coming up in the weeks ahead!

Relevant Links:

Alex Abad-Santos for Vox on Starfire and Anna Diop

My Solo Exchange Diary by Kabi Nagata

The anthology Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins, edited by Tanya De Pass

The website of romance writer Rebekah Weatherspoon

Lucy Bellwood’s collection of comics about impostor syndrome, 100 Demon Dialogues

Follow Marcella Arguello at twitter.com/marcellacomedy

Check out Marlowe’s new self-titled album