Wow, That’s Problematic

A feminist, comedy podcast where we revisit movies we used to love and discuss how, in a post #metoo society (but really always), these movies are problematic. Join your cohosts, Courtney and Nicole, as we examine movies through an intersectional feminist lens and take a deep look at the way these films problematically portray gender, race, sexuality, ableism, and class. Spoiler alert! We talk about the entire movie, but it’s okay! You don’t need to watch it if you haven’t already. We’ll walk you through it. Come hang out with us every other Tuesday as we discuss . . . and ruin . . . every movie you’ve ever loved.

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Tuesday Feb 15, 2022

For episode 4 we’re talking Fatal Attraction - a late 80’s psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne. This treat stars Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. Set against the backdrop of Manhattan, Fatal is one of the most erotic thrillers of its time up, there with Basic Instinct. We love this genre, but we’re going to break down what is so damaging and problematic with the film's narrative, as well as discuss how the original ending didn’t end up making the cut. Come along with Courtney and Nicole as we bunny boil the shit out of this!
Content warning: Deep discussion of suicide attempts, cutting, mental illness, domestic violence, kidnapping, and murder.
Article mentioned:
Fatal Attraction 30 Year Anniversary
If you or someone you know needs someone to listen, help is available:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Domestic Violence Hotline

Tuesday Feb 01, 2022

In episode 3 Courtney and Nicole take on Silence of the Lambs. Oh, the horror! Although mostly just a harmless horror/thriller, Silence has elements that are problematic and we’re gonna dive into all of them! This 1991 classic debuted on Valentine’s Day and stars the amazing Jodie Foster and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and features Ted Levine (as Buffalo Bill), Scott Glenn, and Kasi Lemmons, who went on to direct many feature films including Harriet and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Silence was the third and last film to win Oscars in all 5 major categories! It was also the only horror movie to have ever won Best Picture.
Content warning: Discussion of extreme violence, blood and gore. 
Links to articles mentioned:
30 years ago, The Silence of the Lambs Added to Cinema's Trans Legacy Whether it Meant to or Not, by Stacey Henley
Anthony Hopkins: 'Most of This is Nonsense, Most of This is a Lie', Interview by Miranda Sawyer
If you need someone to listen, help is available and you are not alone.
For LGBTQ support call or chat the Trevor Project at:

Tuesday Jan 18, 2022

Buckle up y’all! In Episode 2 Courtney & Nicole dive right in to the John Hughes’ gem, Sixteen Candles! Another 1984 hit starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling (who retired from acting probably because of this problematic film), Gedde Watanabe and the Cusack siblings. This movie was written by Hughes and was also his directorial debut. We aren’t going to sugar coat it, this one’s real problematic and we’re retiring it from our libraries, like yesterday.
Articles mentioned in episode:
“Gedde Watanabe Discusses 30 Years of Sixteen Candles and Long Due Dong”, by Kevin Smokler -
“‘Sixteen Candles’ is Racist and Sexist - and Needs to be Retired”, by Sara Stewart - 
Content warning: Date rape references, racist slurs, gay slurs and slut shaming.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted help is available and you are not alone.
For sexual assault or sexual abuse help:
RAINN 1-800-656-HOPE

E1: Wow, Splash is Problematic

Saturday Jan 01, 2022

Saturday Jan 01, 2022

For our maiden voyage we are diving into the 1984 film Splash. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Darryl Hannah, Tom Hanks, John Candy and Eugene Levy. Splash was critically praised as one of the best films of that year and nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. But don’t worry it’s plenty problematic and we’re gonna tell you all why. Enjoy! 
Content warning: Emotional abuse in the context of romantic partnerships. 
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship there is help available: 
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or text START to 88788
For sexual assault or sexual abuse help: 
RAINN 1-800-656-HOPE

Saturday Jan 01, 2022

Wow, That’s Problematic is a new feminist/comedy all-inclusive podcast where we discuss the movies we used to love, and how in a post #metoo society they are problematic. Episodes drop every other Tuesday starting January 4th. Stay tuned and enjoy!


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