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This week on Middle Theory, we begin by looking at the movement to have the United Nations ban cultural appropriation, in an effort to enforce that ever-fine-line between appreciation, and appropriation. But should things like yoga be considered “cultural appropriation”, in addition to themes and symbolism we see in popular films, music, and other media?
We then turn our attention to the conspiratorial beliefs of the late rap artist Prodigy, who had been working on a documentary involving the Illuminati at the time of his passing. Then after the break, we give an overview of the recent acquittal of officer Geronimo Yanez, who fired seven shots at Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota last year.
Has justice been served, with the complete acquittal of the officer responsible for the death of Philando Castile, an innocent man, who had been attempting to be compliant with the officer by telling him he had a weapon in his vehicle?
Finally, if you aren’t the proud owner of the Amazon Echo yet, maybe you could be persuaded if the voice, rather than the popular AI “Alexa”, were instead “Alexa Jones”. Allow the hilarity to ensue…
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Finally, here are links to stories discussed on this week’s program:
- United Nations might be outlawing cultural appropriation in the near future
- Rest in Peace Prodigy, one half of groundbreaking hip hop group Mobb Deep
- Dashcam video is released of the Philando Castile shooting
- Bodycam video of cops mistaking identities of 12-year old basketball players as gun suspects (from March)
- Alexa Jones”, just for laughs
“Homework is not appropriating nerd culture.” – Bart Simpson and his teacher (writing-based punishment chalkboard gag)