From the Korea that practiced Wakanda-esque isolationism without holographic protection until the mid-19th Century and from the city that thought it was weird Marvel was going to make a movie about firecrackers during the off season, this is the show where a couple of Mimis use memes as a jump off to dissect our modern life. This is MēMē Call. In this episode, Paul and Wayne welcome fellow Mimi and contact-sport nerd Les B. to talk about the movie Black Panther and its impact on American society, along with other nerdy shit.
SPOILER ALERT!!! THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
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Paul expresses glee over President Trump’s recent statements about gun control , and Wayne talks about his recent visit to the beautiful city of Cheongju.
Relatively Recent News (04:45)
- The more than 90% white population of Wauconda, Illinois struggles to comprehend Black Panther fans portraying themselves as jokers. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wauconda-illinois-no-vibranium_us_5a8f15e3e4b0664343555d58
- Moonies in Pennsylvania go all abracadabra and shit on their marriages and their AR-15s.
- Lovely ladies in Oaxaca, Mexico voluntarily subject themselves to the fate of Cheryl in the Evil Dead.
- Meanwhile, an Irish farmer fears a pussy desired by plushies.
- A toilet paper shortage in Taiwan thwarts the nations recycling attempts.
- A man in Oklahoma did not fair as well in his bout with a buffalo as Dustin Gray did in his match with a bear.
- A man and his moped. IT sounds like a love story to everyone except for Alex Jones.
- A woman from Melbourne proves, yet again, that everything in Australia can kill you.
Paul’s Meme (07:51)
Of course, you know I like to go for the cultural meme – the true sense of the word.
Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman are the Tolkien white guys in Black Panther.
It’s kind of interesting to me to see the roles reversed.
Do you find the term token offensive?
I find it offensive when it’s thrown at characters that aren’t token.
Agent Ross was a little bit of a token.
I don’t know if his only reason for being in the movie was so that Man Ape could trash white people just a little bit.
You just want to say it and apply your own bastardized logic to it.
Andy Serkis was a great fucking character!
Just because he was white doesn’t mean he was the token.
The first person to die in the movie was white!
I had multiple orgasms during this movie.
None of them are fucked up…dysfunctional.
The creators of this movie did a great job of infusing humanity.
You had Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan…that bromance.
We saw what happened when they tried to make that mother fucker Johnny Storm.
We weren’t seeing a lot of layered characters. There a lot more forgettable villains.
It’s not magic; it’s science.
These were powerful characters.
Killmonger refused to change his stance.
It’s a good statement about trying to find the balance between inaction and over-action.
Shuri’s on some STEM shit!
They are an advanced scientific society.
There’s still class-ism. There’s still racism.
Wayne’s Meme (19:14)
I personally identify with this meme.
Some clever member of society…
A white man who grew up sheltered in a small town in Alabama.
The books he read in school quite possibly vilified blacks.
You pull off the Alabama accent perfectly. That’s because it’s my real accent.
People want conversations to start at zero, but that’s not the fucking way things work.
Maybe that motherfucker is starting at a negative 10.
…or it makes that conversation phony.
You need to have the best form of the opposing argument.
I’m a little upset that you brought up my childhood, but that’s fine.
I think that there’s an unwillingness in people to analyze themselves.
It hurts to realize that you have hate and you don’t know where it came from.
It’s like being proud of a mountain nearby. It’s an absurd viewpoint.
That was probably my first exposure to cognitive dissonance.
I would like to think that Stan Lee played a subtle role in my early life.
I see those parallels carry over into Black Panther.
Thinking that you can move/relocate or money your way out of oppression is a horrible trope.
It wasn’t just people being different, it was people being genetically different.
There are people that are like, “I don’t know about black people,” that are reading X-Men like, “these mutants are being persecuted. That’s not right!”
The fact that you can use that framework to use something as innocuous as comics to teach people about equality I think is a genius that can’t be understated.
There’s only one protected class in America that’s a choice
We gotta meet people where they are and have the conversation from there
“I’m not where I belong, I’m sorry,” and I think that’s where the conversation has to start.
Les’ Meme (30:11)
The meme that I brought is a little near and dear to my heart.
I thought it was Akeem the African Dream.
I think Akeem the African is what he is most commonly known as.
Stop oppressing me.
It kind of shows a weird dichotomy that black shit and nerd shit can’t be synonymous.
It was in the handbook.
Do you know how many fights I got into because I wanted to read X-Men and Spider-Man?
We took the ass-whoopin’s to make black nerd-ism accepted and cool.
Man, they really like Star Wars.
Magic wands are cool.
They’re cannibalizing other nerds.
It’s a fucking fantastic film!
I’ve never watched Thor and gone back and thought, “Is that what Loki meant?”
I haven’t thought about Ant Man twice.
There aren’t a lot of layers to Civil War.
You can literally dissect Black Panther nine different ways.
My favorite MCU production is still Guardians of the Galaxy.
I love Rocket Racoon.
Numbers don’t lie. Black Panther is the better film.
The Black Panther character fucking sucks!
The movie is the best thing to happen to Black Panther since they put him in comics.
Claw is the most important cause he’s white.
I don’t like that people try to relegated to black people being excited about a black movie.
Are there black people who are still condemning you?
I don’t like seeing 6’7″ dudes get slapped on the hand and fall to the ground like they witnessed a murder.
I would much rather watch Black Panther than the NBA.
Pop culture has turned into society because of social media.
It was a tongue-in-cheek insult at anybody who is not black and gets excited about Black Panther.
All of a sudden you know all about black culture.
It should be a huge step forward for nerd culture.
Hopefully, in real life we can all still represent WAKANDA FOREVER!!!
Special: Mimi Memories (40:01)
In many circles, there is a superhero of great celebrations, who many say is nothing but myth and legend. With bandolier affixed and adorned with cactus shot glasses, he takes the festivities to a level of hula skirts dropping and pinatas popping! Who is this unmasked man? MēMē Call brings you confirmation of this terrestrial angel’s existence, and on top of that, we reveal his secret identity.
Black Panther Giveaway (44:42)
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Too bad, cause we can’t afford that giveaway. But we are giving away some Black Panther trade paperbacks. You can find the details here:
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