Home Judith Ramirez

Author: Judith Ramirez (Judith Ramirez)

Post
Seeing the Silhouette of a Man: Freddie Mercury in His Time and Ours

Seeing the Silhouette of a Man: Freddie Mercury in His Time and Ours

The 70’s nostalgia penetrating the consciousness of popular media today is evident, with the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), garnering Oscar renown and Elton John’s own upcoming Rocketman. Queen’s discography, along with other 70’s icons such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop, are favorite jams for both young and old. Bohemian Rhapsody’s surreal and...

Post
Town Hall on Sexual Misconduct in NUS Ends On An Ambiguous Note

Town Hall on Sexual Misconduct in NUS Ends On An Ambiguous Note

Photo: Marc Tey Ge Wai On April 25, NUS conducted a Town Hall to address concerns about sexual misconduct in the university. This was in response to the growing controversy regarding Ms Monica Baey’s sexual harassment case, and the more widespread predicament that is rampant in NUS culture. From the very beginning, the university expressed their...

Post
Why did Bohemian Rhapsody Win Four Oscars?

Why did Bohemian Rhapsody Win Four Oscars?

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) took home four awards out of the five categories the movie was nominated in; Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Actor for Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. While the movie was a commercial and box-office success, it garnered mixed responses from audiences. Some say that the movie...

Post
Brands and Social Issues: Advocacy vs Agency

Brands and Social Issues: Advocacy vs Agency

Gillette’s recent media campaign targeting “toxic masculinity” sparked controversy, with broad charges brought upon the brand. The ad led with the slogan “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be”. Some audiences found the campaign to be policing and criticizing the supposedly predominant perception of masculinity while others accusing Gillette as simply ‘goodwashing’ and riding on...

Post
Euphoria: The Myth of Romantic Suicide in Media

Euphoria: The Myth of Romantic Suicide in Media

Romanticism and glorification of mental illnesses and suicide in popular media is not unfamiliar. I am not lamenting the prevalence of mental health issues in media; in fact, I strongly believe that such topics are discussed and not buried. But the lines between raising awareness and romanticizing mental illnesses are being blurred. The K-Pop band...