Woke-Washing: When Anti-Racism and Sustainability Become a PR Stunt

We’ve seen brands go green for climate change, rainbow for Pride, blue for the Sudanese Revolution and in June 2020, black for Black Lives Matter. Businesses and influencers alike posted a black square on their social media accounts in an effort to raise awareness for the movement, and a sign of support and allyship - whether it was going to be life-long support or completely performative allyship was going to clear only a few weeks later. What does woke-washing mean in 2020?

Watchmen's Yahya Abdul Mateen II and others feel pressure to change their name

In an industry that wants you to constantly change yourself, EMMY nominated Yahya Abdul Mateen II does not conform to this narrative. In this article for Digital Spy, I explore the significance of what is in a name and why this is important. In a similar vein, I draw on examples from US actors who have changed their names for the sake of Hollywood such as James Roday Rodriguez and the late Kirk Douglas.
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