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Episode 50: Betty Boop

June 18th, 2019

At the end of the season, the fiftieth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast brings Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard to discuss the importance of the classic cartoon character, Betty Boop.

In this episode, the co-hosts discuss early animation at the beginning of cinema, and how Betty Boop fit into this wilder time frame, before the Hayes Code and the moralizing of movies. They also examine the history of the character, and the controversies about her origin. For the analysis, the discussion focuses on issues of objectification, the male gaze, and how Betty Boop fits into Tijuana bibles and modern hentai.

Primary editing on the episode was done by Jean-Michel Berthiaume, and end song comes from Betty Boop.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website