Film News, Aquamomoa, Cucumber and Representation, The Culture of Fan Theories, and Symbols: The Popular Table – 22/02/2015

22nd February 2015

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Popular Table.

On today’s show, Victoria, Ibi, Sam, and David examine some the latest casting and film news, including the recently-released picture of Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis, Aquaman.

Following this, our gang of enthusiastic broadcasters look at one of Russell T. Davies’ latest dramas, Cucumber, and ask if it fails in representing gay men over fifty. They also look at ageism in popular culture. This piece was inspired by an article published in PinkNews: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/02/20/comment-where-is-the-cucumber-for-gays-over-50/
Also in this segment: the culture of fan theories.

In the final segment, Ibi looks at the power of symbols in fictional revolutionary movements, and how individuals sometimes need to stand as symbols in order to succeed.

And that’s all for this week, true believers! Previous shows can be heard at http://urn1350.net/blog/219

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Clips used in this show are from the song ‘Aquaman’s Lament’ by Motion Sick, an interview with Alan Cumming, a trailer for Channel 4’s ‘Cucumber’, The Simpsons, and V for Vendetta.