Mrs Maisel causes a staff stir, Netflix brings us yet another teen movie success, and Brexit negotiations were too damn much this week! Find out what the team have been loving and hating in another instalment of Toots & Boots. Continue reading
Michelle Obama discusses her memoir with Oprah, Vanessa Hudgens does a Lindsey Lohan (not the messy version), and Boshemia reflects on the morality of American holidays – all in this week’s Toots & Boots.
This instagram account is described as a ‘safe space for Non POC to ask questions to a community of POC.’ It is a brilliant resource for learning about the many dimensions of racism with people asking questions you may have yourself or about issues you hadn’t even thought of. Constant food for thought and amazing work from the POC who answer questions. A @Askalgbt account has also just been created by the same folk!
The Princess Switch
Vanessa Hudgens stars in this remodelled Parent Trap where she plays a princess-to-be and a Chicago baker who meet by chance only to discover they look identical. The pair decide to switch lives a week before Christmas, inevitably having impersonation slip-ups and falling in love with the main man in each other’s lives (you can’t even call that a spoiler, this is a Christmas rom-com). Now on Netflix, The Princess Switch is perfect for switching off.
The book Know Your Place
A collection of essays by 24 working class writers discussing how their class has shaped their lives and what it means to them. Beginning life on Twitter after the Brexit vote, the soulful and varied collection offers a much needed challenge to the UK rhetoric that demonises those at the bottom of the class hierarchy.
The End of the World with Josh Clark
The 10-episode podcast series explores all the different ways that humanity could die in the next 200 years. Sounds cheery right? The show actually manages to keep the ‘looming apocalypse’ vibes under control, asking questions about intelligent life in the universe and how (if possible) we can survive the next couple of centuries.
Michelle Obama on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast
When two of America’s most influential women sit down to have a conversation, you listen. Prompted by her new memoir Becoming, Michelle Obama talks candidly about her childhood in Chicago, her years as an attorney and the trials of being ‘the first black family’ in the White House. Both women are as wonderful as ever.
The colonial origins of the Thanksgiving holiday
As much as it is an opportunity to come together with chosen family and loved ones, it would be remiss not to acknowledge those who will be mourning for the genocide of their ancestors this Thanksgiving and every one to come.
Though tempting to partake in, Black Friday and Cyber Monday encourage insidiously capitalist ideals and a chaos of unnecessary consumerism. Offering an alternative is the ‘Green Friday’ movement that promotes giving, spending time with family and getting into nature instead of participating in the unsustainable free-for-alls.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
It only gets worse for the latest film in the Harry Potter franchise. After facing backlash for casting Johnny Depp as the lead villain (despite being accused of domestic abuse) and a stingingly poor opening weekend, the film’s crew are now facing accusations of queerphobia. Non-binary model, Jamie Windust (shown in featured photo. Credit Matt Joy) spoke out this week about anti-lgbtq and misogynistic slurs being used on set by other extras and going unchallenged by crew members.
Artful cinema, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s insta, and victim-blaming in Irish court have Boshemia all talking this week. Read below for this week’s instalment of Toots & Boots.
A Star is Born
Lady Gaga is killing it in the recently released A Star is Born. This is her most extensive foray into film (although she has experience in writing and starring in TV, films and documentaries) and the performer is tummy-tinglingly brilliant opposite Bradley Cooper (also the film’s director).
It stars Timotheé Chalamet. Need we say more? We don’t need to but we will anyway. The film details a young drug addict’s (Chalamet) relationship with his father (Steve Carell) as he tries to get clean. Carell delivers a surprisingly poignant performance, given his comedic acting career. Based on the best-selling memoirs of a father and son, the movie (less surprisingly) simmers with authenticity and nuance.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram
Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to become the youngest woman to serve in Congress in US history, has been chronicling her congressperson freshman orientation via instagram story – and we’re loving it! Not only is she delving into what actually goes on during the first 60 days before taking office but she is an example to us all on how to be gracious, grateful and sensitive to her supporters and peers.
Soft Stud by Black Belt Eagle Scout
This six-minute track by Black Belt Eagle Scout, a self-proclaimed ‘radical indigenous queer feminist’ (like her yet?), is perfect to listen to whilst plotting your ‘comeback’ or sitting in the backseat of an Uber, driving through a midnight city.
Hill staffers shaming the very same congress gal
A Hill Staffer photographed Ocasio-Cortez from behind and sent it to Eddie Scarry, a writer at the Washington Examiner who then used it to shame her for wearing a nice suit, using it to argue that she’s faking her financial difficulties (previously she has discussed how she can’t afford an apartment in DC). Scarry tweeted the photo with the caption ‘Hill Staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles’.
Trump on Remembrance Day
“Rain, rain, go away come again another day – preferably when I have to discuss Stormy Daniels or climate change.” This week Trump skipped a veteran cemetery visit on Armistice day because drizzle grounded his helicopter. Why couldn’t he travel by car? He didn’t want to cause an ‘unexpected disruption to the city and its people’.
Women being blamed if they don’t stick around to provide men emotional labour
After the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, Ariana Grande received a tumult of hate online and in papers for not being supportive enough. This narrative of inattentive women being the root of their partner’s problems is toxic. Faima Bakar outlines the trend in her article for Metro.
Victim blaming in Irish court: #ThisIsNotConsent
In Ireland a man was acquitted of rape after his defence cited his victim’s thong as evidence of her consent. This sparked mass protests across Ireland and social media with people sharing photos of their underwear and laying knickers on the steps of the courthouse. Irish lawmaker Ruth Coppinger, also took out a thong in parliament in solidarity and fought back against the intolerable victim blaming.
Fabulous elections, depressing budgets, generally lovely music… Boshemia are here again to take you through their pop culture peaks and troughs with Toots & Boots!
The Rainbow Wave
So much emotion followed the American Midterm elections this week, but as well as democratic gains and an amazing voter turnout, we have to give a HUGE TOOT to every new representative contributing to a more diverse and progressive American government. Check out E’s lowdown of some sad losses (Beto <3) but also the astounding ‘firsts’ that these people represent.
Ezra Miller’s divine GQ shoot
The actor’s (Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin) most recent cover shoot for the men’s magazine sees him dressed queer head to toe in lipstick, hot-pink velvet gloves and printed blazers. Not to mention his love sickness-inducing eye contact. Less happy about his involvement in the latest Fantastic Beasts film which stars Johnny Depp.
Noname’s album Room 25
This album is HOT, as is everything Fatimah Nyeema Warner (A.K.A Noname) produces. It’s bold, black, poetic perfection. If you’re new to her music, start with Telefone and you’ll soon be addicted.
Believed – a podcast from NPR
This cutting series explores how Larry Nassar, the Olympic Doctor for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, got away with sexual abuse for so long and how he was brought to justice.
Paris Against Trump
The protests are planned against the president’s visit to France’s Capital this weekend. Recently rattled by the midterm results, hopefully our folk on the Parisian ground can shake him up some more. Follow @parisagainsttrump for details.
Some live music toots
Parcels: a funkin’ pop band who synthed their way into V’s heart this week with their glittering performance in Leeds. Andy Shauf: a ‘dreamy long-haired, folksy, crooning Canadian’ one of our beloved designers is seeing live as I write.
Pamela Anderson on modern Feminism: ‘it paralyzes men’
Stopping perpetrators of sexual assault and violence in their tracks and undermining their power is something we should be aspiring to. The idea that making men pause, think about consent and be held accountable for their actions is going ‘too far’ is completely bananas.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg being hospitalised
After a fall at the office, RBG has been hospitalised with three fractured ribs. With Brett Kavanaugh newly sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court where the pair serve, we need this fierce woman on top form now more than ever. We’re sure she’ll still be cutting some serious side eye from the bedside though. Get well soon RBG!
The UK budget’s latest claim that ‘austerity is coming to an end’
This week Phillip ‘fiscal Phil’ Hammond made the happy announcement whilst piling yet more money into a fragile and regressive Universal Credit system. We call BS.
Here again to share what got Boshemia’s passions and frustrations flowing last week, it’s our pop culture toots and boots!
New York Magazine‘s cover of Parkland survivor Anthony Borges
New York Magazine featured survivors from school shootings from 1946 to 2018 in their latest issue. Anthony (pictured on the cover) saved the lives of 20 classmates and survived being shot 5 times.
Dressed: The History of Fashion podcast, “Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up” episode
It’s a deep dive into the history of Frida’s self-construction as an artist and how she presented herself to the world, from her iconic red lipstick and monobrow to her traditional indigenous textiles.
Vanity by Alfred Agache
Agache’s wonderful painting was seen this week by one of our designers but instead of Vanity we’d like to rename it Power; the woman depicted is staring down her painter (and viewers), knows she’s hot, and has no fucks to give.
The new Carly Rae Jepsen song, Party For One
The Queen of Gay Icons has done it again! When we needed it the most, she’s released a genuine bop about heartbreak and self love. Our musical leader is back!
Philosophy Tube on witches, gender and marxism
A one-man channel exploring all the obsessively interesting politics, ethics and (you guessed it) philosophy you didn’t know you wanted to know about. Here, an appropriately haunting episode: it’s witches, bitches.
The oral history of Werewolf Bar Mitzvah
Continuing the halloween theme we have this gem from Laist.
@makedaisychains Boring Self-Care
This instagram illustrator gifts her followers with simple motivations to do the ‘boring self-care’ that we all need but that mental health can often make difficult to carry out. Her pride in completing everyday tasks such as taking medication as prescribed or going outside, remind us to be equally kind to ourselves.
(Though short, our boots are in zero ways sweet. Bootability 1000/10)
This horrendous 72 hours of hate crimes and white terrorism in America
And Trump still played Pharrell Williams’ Happy. We ain’t.
Autumn fast fashion / only being able to afford fast fashion
These $10 scarves are great but the environmental cost is not.
Seasonal depression showing up again and pissing everywhere
Introducing: Toots & Boots! The Boshemia staff bring you their pop culture highs and lows from the past week.
Secret Dinosaur Cult
A podcast with Sofie Hagen and Jodie Mitchell talking about trauma, daddy issues and lots of fun topics through the medium of dinosaurs. What more could you want?
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Q saw them perform in Nottingham this week and it was STUNNING. An entirely male ensemble doing a bunch of ballet (including bits of Swan Lake) and making it hilarious! Plus their moves were impeccable and they could not have looked more fierce.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
A film with stellar female cast follows a young writer (Lily James) as she tries to uncover the story behind the book club with a conspicuous name. One that will certainly warm your cockles.
Doctor Who‘s Rosa Parks episode
The surprisingly direct discussion of racism in the BBC’s latest Doctor Who episode left some of the Boshemia staff with wet eyes this week. The brazen move and fresh cast are quickly setting an exciting new tone for the long-running series.
Ironically-named genius girl group boygenius
A favourite tune amongst our designers: ‘Me & My Dog’.
The singer-songwriter has proclaimed that her new album, Walls, is a slamming f-you to Donald Trump, with one of her upcoming music videos, ‘Don’t Lie to Me’, even containing images of the man she calls ‘a fat egg sitting on a wall’.
All the shops advertising culturally appropriative Halloween costumes
(Wilko we’re lookin @ u)
Pretty much everything in the news.
I usually really enjoy this show, as it manages the most gentle approach to reality tv I’ve ever seen, but there’s a very sexist undertone and an uncomfortable approach to consent that is explained really well in this Vulture article.
Delsie Gayle, 77, was racially abused on a Ryanair flight by a fellow passenger this week. Ryanair failed to remove or report the man accused, meaning he will likely escape prosecution, and Delsie was asked to move elsewhere.