Join the Queeks (Cody & Ben) as they discuss Amazon’s new original series The Boys, a show that looks at a world where superheroes are everywhere and can do pretty much anything they want. Then, we take a look back at the famously controversial coming out episode of Ellen Degeneres’s ’90s sitcom and how it changed the way America talks about sexuality.
[00:00] Content Warning/Intro to The Boys
[08:03] Celebrity Superheroes, Inc.
[10:05] The Deep: Abuser to Comic Relief
[12:43] Drug Abuse, But With Superheroes
[15:17] Evangelical Christianity, But With Superheroes
[21:19] American Exceptionalism, But With Superheroes
[23:32] Bioethics, But With Superheroes
[25:15] Are We Supposed To Like Butcher?
[28:45] Starlight, Queen Maeve, and Black Noir
[33:46] Does The Boys Fill A Niche?
[37:36] Intro to Ellen’s “Puppy Episode”
[40:15] The Lead-Up to Coming Out
[45:41] The Fallout & Ellen’s Resurgence
[48:22] Queer in America in 1994 & 2019
[50:17] The Media Landscape Around “The Puppy Episode”
[53:17] Ignorant Opinions on the Gays
[58:41] Oprah Winfrey & Ann Heche
[62:08] The Act of Coming Out