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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.
I never made it to the play “Fleabag” in London before there was a TV show “Fleabag” on Amazon, so it’s very exciting to learn that Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-person show is coming to New York next year. I am already anxious about how quickly tickets could sell out. This is my “Hamilton.”
1. Monopoly for Millennials
It’s not good to get Mad About Things Online too often, but guess what: I read about the new Monopoly edition for millennials and now I’m mad. Instead of going around the board buying and selling property, players collect life experiences. “Forget real estate. You can’t afford it anyway,” reads the tagline. Hilarious! So cool of a board game to ridicule an inherited housing crisis!
The manufacturer Hasbro released a statement saying that “whether you are a lifestyle vlogger, emoji lover or you make your ‘side hustle’ selling vegan candles, Monopoly for Millennials is for you!” Which really undermines their other assertion that they have many millennials on staff.
2. This year is officially toxic
Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “toxic” as its international word of the year, which seems fair. “So many different things are tied together by the word,” a representative said — from environmental poisons to laments about politics and masculinity. “Toxic” beat out “gaslighting,” “incel” and “techlash” to take the No. 1 slot, and as always, Britney Spears was ahead of the game.
3. The end of the end for pop culture
“Nothing ends anymore, and it’s driving me insane,” writes Amanda Hess, echoing my thoughts exactly. She goes deep on how the infinite scroll of the internet is colonizing everything, creating reboot after remake after sequel, and the resulting essay is brilliant, as are the accompanying GIFs.
4. Cast Danny DeVito in every movie
The new trailer for Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” is rousing and luxurious and all the other things one can expect from a Disney live-action remake, but most importantly it stars Danny DeVito as the ringmaster, which feels like a role he was born to play.
5. Michelle Obama, private citizen
Michelle Obama went on the “2 Dope Queens” podcast to promote her new memoir “Becoming,” and hearing the former first lady discuss female anger and double standards felt like a huge breath of fresh air. It’s also the final episode of the podcast, hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.
And I’ll leave you with this news
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