The ‘Black Lightning’ Discussion That Was Supposed to Be About ‘This Is America’ (Podcast)

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Sometimes you sit down to talk about one thing and end up going in a totally different direction than you planned. That’s what happens in the latest “Low Key” podcast, in which we set out to talk about Donald Glover’s provocativ…

Let’s Talk About Donald Glover as Teddy Perkins… and Jimmy Kimmel as Karl Malone (Podcast)

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It’s been a big month for makeup: On “Atlanta” last week, Donald Glover played a whitefaced weirdo named Teddy Perkins on “Atlanta.” And over the weekend, Sean Hannity escalated his feud with Jimmy Kimmel by calling him a “bigot” for impersonating NBA star Karl Malone in blackface, years ago.

In our new “Low Key” podcast, which I host with fellow nerds Aaron Lanton and Keith Dennie, we talk about when makeup is and definitely isn’t okay. (“Low Key” looks at pop culture through a racial lens, focusing on the low-key things some people might miss to discuss their deeper meanings.) You can listen on Apple or right here:

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Our topics include whether one of the great strengths of “Atlanta” — absurdity — is leading to missed storytelling opportunities. And Aaron explains what it means to go full Killer Mike, and why you should never do it.

We also talk about “Pokemon” and a very questionable plan to prevent school shootings.

Kimmel impersonated Malone in makeup on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” which ended in 2004. In 2016, he used face-swapping technology to impersonate Malone.

Hannity asked Kimmel over the weekend if he has apologized to Malone. Kimmel replied that Malone is “a man I love dearly” and said he had a picture of himself and Malone in his office.

Hey @jimmykimmel have you apologized to Karl Malone yet? Yes or No?

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 6, 2018

If you like “Low Key,” be sure to check out Keith and Aaron on “Meanwhile in the Multiverse,” in which they look at real-life events from the perspective of an alternate reality to help make sense of the world in which we actually live.

And you might also like “Shoot This Now,” the podcast where Matt Donnelly and me we talk about stories that should be made into TV shows and movies.

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