Episode #7×35: Para-Social Relationships, TV Dramatizing Real World Events, ‘Shang-Chi’ Shunned From China

  • It’s a pop culture kinda week y’all! We dive into movies being shut out of China, reliving major events through dramatizations, and chat with our friend Chloe, who is a Director at a digital agency working with celebs.
  • But first, some updates: President Biden announces that all business with 100+ employees must require vaccinations or weekly COVID tests, and the Justice Department sues Texas over its restrictive abortion law.
  • In the wake of Britney Spears’ dad requesting removal from the infamous conservatorship, Britney got engaged to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari.
  • Marvel’s Shang-Chi’ doesn’t have a release date in China, and it might not get one due to some old comments by star Simu Liu.
  • How can studios strike a balance between being progressive, but still appealing to world audiences?
  • We review the first episode of Impeachment: American Crime Story, and chat about how it feels to have the first major political scandal of our lifetimes dramatized for TV.
  • Do we feel like certain topics are being revisited for the big and small screens too soon? What current events are we expecting to see dramatized in the next 10 years?
  • Chloe joins the panel to share the ins and outs of managing social media presences for celebrities. We dig deep and ask questions about how involved celebs are in their social brands, the greatest challenges for digital managers in 2021, and how best to seek a career in digital management.
  • Parasocial relationships are the hot topic of the week – and we confess to some parasocial relationships of our own.
  • This week’s recommendations can all be consumed in the comfort of your home! ‘Lu La Rich’ on Amazon (Andrew), ‘Life is Strange 2’ (Laura), ‘Come From Away’ on Apple TV+ (Pam), and ‘The Repair Shop’ (Chloe).
  • This week’s episode is sponsored by OUAI (https://www.theouai.com and use code MILL for 15% off your first purchase) and Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com and enter code MILL for $100 off your first month). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • Laura recounts a Doordash story for the ages.
  • Have any of us gotten into a popular show or franchise late?
  • Does it feel lonely watching a show after it has ended? How much FOMO we feeling?

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