Link Tank: How Pop Culture Consistently Got Corsets Wrong
Corsets in pop culture, The Boys' Stormfront, TV shows to look forward to in 2021, and more in today's Link Tank!
Movies and TV are guilty of many inaccuracies, but few are worse than their portrayals of corsets.
“Netflix released Bridgerton on Christmas Day, and while it’s not meant to be a strictly historical portrayal of Regency life, the big inaccuracy that caught my eye just from the trailer was the costumes. Not only did the show seem to be using costumes from different centuries, with typical Regency looks from around the late eighteen-teens mashed against much earlier looks from forty years prior, but they also did the thing I hate in period movies and made a joke about a woman not being able to breathe in a corset.”
The Boys‘ character Stormfront is a personification of the modern day Neo-Nazi movement, and a dose of reality in the escapism that is the superhero genre.
“In the second season of Amazon’s popular superhero drama The Boys, You’re the Worst star Aya Cash came as a shock to the system as the lightning ‘superheroine,’ Stormfront. Her recruitment as the third woman in the superhero team The Seven also kicked off a PR campaign angled on women’s empowerment.”
January used to be the “dump month” for Hollywood movie studios. Except, in the age of social distancing, every month is now January for these studios.
“In a good year, the average Rotten Tomatoes score of movies released in January might hover in the 40s; in a very bad year, like 1989, when DeepStar Six and something called Gleaming the Cube were on the calendar, it can be as low as a dismal 16 percent. At least, that’s how it used to be, before every month was January.”
Tokyo is home to many strange things, including the Meguro Parasitological Museum, a museum full of parasites.
“Do you like museums? Do you like parasitical life forms? Do you plan to visit Tokyo, Japan, one day? Then you’re likely going to be very happy to discover that the city is home to the Meguro Parasitological Museum, a vast exhibition dedicated to exploring life-sucking creatures, including an Instagram-friendly 28.9-foot-long tapeworm.”
Tesla Inc. fell 450 sale short of its half a million units sold goal Elon Musk set in 2020.
“Most people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Most people aren’t Tesla, Inc., though. The electric vehicle maker delivered a record number of cars in the final quarter of 2020, but fell just short of its 500,000-unit goal for the year.”
2021 is shaping up to be another great year for TV. Check out the top 50 shows to look forwards to this year.
“In 2020, most people had more time than they expected to sit on their couches and watch countless hours of television. And, frankly, it looks like 2021 is not going to be much different. The good news is that there’s plenty of TV to look forward to, ranging from returning favorites like Succession to highly anticipated new series like WandaVision.”