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Pop Culture Roundtable | Dec. 9, 2018

The Many Layers of Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" And The Controversy Of "Baby It's Cold Outside"

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Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event at Pier 36 on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in New York.
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Pop Culture Roundtable | Dec. 9, 2018

Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” music video is a treasure trove of popular culture inside jokes and messages. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the latest chapter of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter chronology, but fans are cursing her for fudging pieces of Potterverse canon previously set in (sorcerer’s) stone. And radio stations are saying “No, No, No” to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” after a widespread outcry of tone deafness in the #MeToo era. It’s our pop culture roundtable!


Rachel Rubin - Professor of American studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Michael Jeffries - Associate professor of American studies at Wellesley College.

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