Fashion and Irony Part Two: The Trouble with “Hipsters” and a Hopeful Semiotics of Ilana Glazer

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About saratatyana

Sara T. Bernstein, Ph.D. has been writing about and teaching media, cultural and fashion studies for over a decade. She's served as a contributor and reviews editor for the Fashion, Style and Popular Culture Journal, contributed to Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty and published essays on subjects ranging from fashion in the work of Charlotte Bronte, to the meaning of luxury, to feminist pedagogy. She teaches visual culture, media, and fashion studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
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5 Responses to Fashion and Irony Part Two: The Trouble with “Hipsters” and a Hopeful Semiotics of Ilana Glazer

  1. Autumn says:

    Great post (and now I really need a new fix of the show). I’ve been reveling in “Broad City” because it’s one of the shows that feels like it’s made with “my kind” in mind, but what this post made me consider is how it might be read by people who aren’t…”my kind”—people who are doing this sort of clumsy, earnest, self-aware investigating of class. Are they confusing the characters with the creators and walking away righteously annoyed, or are they glancing away from the critical aspect? Hmm.


  2. saratatyana says:

    Thanks! I was just talking about this with a friend – the confusion of characters with creators. From what I’ve read, reactions are either “This is this best show of all! If you aren’t laughing it’s b/c you don’t get the joke.” OR “White privilege! Class privilege! Shut these ladies down!” Not sure why it has to be one or the other.


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  4. Ana Williams says:

    “White privilege! Class privilege! Shut these ladies down!” Way to reduce poc’s concerns. I see you trying to be neutral and nuanced, but even if people wanted this show to die for those reasons that is valid. Maybe some people think it does more harm than good. In the end who’s opinion are you gonna consider? If you want to be an ally learn to really listen, not fake listen.


    • saratatyana says:

      Hi Ana, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I’m sorry if the section you cite sounded dismissive. That wasn’t my intention. FWIW the critiques I was referencing there weren’t written by people of color. The writer who is a POC that I do cite (Yohana Desta) is someone I’m agreeing with. If you have other critiques to share, I would be very interested to read them!


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