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The Crimes of Grindelwald, Too Much POCrafice, The Status Whoa

Top row: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (photos © 2017 Warner Bros.) 
Bottom left: Green Book (photo: Universal Pictures) // Bottom right: Bohemian Rhapsody 
(photo: © TM &2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.)

We solemnly swear that we are up to [calling out] no good. This week’s Geek Girl Riot breaks down The Crimes of Grindelwald, the amount of POCrafice in TV and movies, and why marginalized people are often boxed in with tales of woe.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Our resident witches and wizards Sherin, Julian, and Soma gather to tell Philip all about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. As with every journey into the wizarding world, parts are decidedly enchanting…while others are more of a curse. They dig into the storytelling, the performances, and how it made them feel. They also break down what each magical reference means for the Potterverse. Be warned, there are spoilers aplenty.

Too Much POCrafice
Watching Leta Lestrange and Nagini in the new Fantastic Beasts got our Rioters talking about something that is all too common: POCcrafice, aka the sacrificing of characters of color. When these characters are created simply to be killed off or put through tragedy in order to move the plot forward, it sends a dangerous message to everyone watching. Our Rioters discuss why this is still happening, call out the stories that get it wrong, and highlight some that get it right.

ANTS III by Julian Lytle
Our own Julian Lytle has a new installment of his satirical web series and comic book, Ants—hear him tell you all about it. Make sure to pick up the third edition now at ants.thejulianlytle.com or gum.co/ants3!

The Status Whoa
Two movies we’ve been loving lately are Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book. Unfortunately some of our fellow critics and many fans don’t feel the same way, instead calling out these stories for not being dark enough. Our Rioters ask the question: Why do movies about marginalized people always have to be a misery parade? Reflecting the history of the times and places these stories are set in is important but are tales of despair the only stories we are allowed to tell?

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Tune in to Geek Girl Riot on idobi Radio every Tuesday at 11pm ET / 8pm PT for your dose of late-night geekery from our team of rioters. Til next time, see a list of everything our Rioters talked about below:


Doctor Who
Dr. Doolittle
The Flash
Harry Potter
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Sleepy Hollow
Steven Universe
Star Trek: Discovery
Lost in Space
The Good Place
The Expanse
Black Mirror
Crazy Rich Asians
Black Panther
The Sopranos
‘Black Films and the Oscars: Despair Must Not Be the Only Route to Prestige’ – Tambay Obenson
Monster’s Ball
The Shape of Water
The Wiz
Been So Long
La La Land


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