Once upon a time (in Hollyw – sorry, my brain is still recovering from awards season), culture journalism was considered one of the lighter-hearted gigs in the industry. It makes sense in a way: this is, after all, a job in which you get the chance to interview some of the world’s most popular celebrities. Movies, TV shows, music and books must be consumed in a timely manner – after all, that’s an essential part of your job.
Compared to the perils of war reporting or the adrenaline of breaking news, sure, those aspects can make the job seem comfortable, and even – gasp! – fun. But there’s been a shift in the industry. MeToo has begun reshaping Hollywood through a necessary and sometimes messy process. That means that more often than not, covering the entertainment industry is anything but light-hearted in 2020.
As an example, here’s what’s dominated most of my culture reporting over the past couple of weeks:
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