America is in the midst of an identity crisis. A nation supposedly built on a foundation of equality, acceptance and opportunity is currently masked by the ugly light of hate, bigotry and hopelessness. Pop culture is attempting to help Americans understand what is happening to their country. Sacha Baron Cohen tries to expose the ugly underbelly of contemporary America with his new HBO series titled “Who is America?,” in which he disguises himself to ask politicians, public figures and everyday Americans about their often insulting or ridiculous views.
It has been 23 years since the world was first introduced to Alicia Silverstone as the plaid-clad, “as if” spouting star of the cult classic movie “Clueless.” Since then, she has largely kept out of the spotlight, every so often featuring in small screen and big screen productions that don’t garner vast public attention. Now Silverstone is making an attempt at a comeback, starring as trophy wife Bonnie Nolan in the period dramedy “American Woman.”
The world envisioned by Marti Noxon’s new AMC series “Dietland” feels both frighteningly real and achingly distant. It’s a world filled with the usual indignities women are subject to — street harassment, body image issues, ageism. But it’s also a world that considers a radical new possibility: What if women stopped putting up with this shit? What would happen if they fought back?