Abolishing The Fat Villain Stereotype in Pop Culture

From Jabba The Hutt to Harry Potter’s uncle Vernon, fat villains permeate pop culture, sustaining real-life biases that demean and dismiss fat people. It’s a trope that, Sarah Stark writes for Inverse, needs to be abolished. While making fat people out to be lacking morals or inherently bad (a fat body symbolizes “evidence of sin,” according to Canadian sociologist Fiona Whittington-Walsh), the entertainment industry’s reliance …

Japanese Professor Invents “Taste The TV” Lickable TV Screen

Watching future episodes of your favorite cooking show may include licking your TV

Reuters reports that professor Homei Miyashita of Japan’s Meiji University has created a working prototype of a television that viewers can lick. The Taste the TV (TTTV) allows for a desired flavor profile to be programmed, which then activates ten different canisters in a carousel to spray a combination onto a thin layer of hygienic film that can be licked. It’s a union of remote learning (cooking, wine tasting, …

The Sims Comes to TV With a Creativity-Focused Competition Series

Debuting Friday, 17 July on TBS, The Sims Spark’d is a game show centered around the popular Electronic Arts video game The Sims. Within, human contestants (mostly in their 20s) will be tasked with challenges like “design two rival families from different neighborhoods.” The show is an attempt at offering e-sports-focused content that isn’t terribly “hardcore,” meaning there is an emphasis on life beyond the bounds …