Season 19, Episode 10
- AP News
- The Guardian
- Nicki Swift
- People Magazine
- Washington Post
What a Creep
“Disco Demolition Night: July 12, 1979”
Season 20, Episode 1
Margo and Sonia put on our boogie shoes and prepare to call bull shit on all of the excuses given for “Disco Demolition Night” on Thursday, July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL. A group of boring, racist, sexist, and homophobic idiots decided disco music had been popular for too long. For fun, Chicago shock jock Steve Dahl created a stunt to destroy LPs on the field of a White Sox & Detroit Tigers game!
Mayhem ensued due to the hyped (and hopped) up crowd of meatheads who had decided that things like Saturday Night Fever, partner dancing, and people who were not “musicians” should have any success, much less a part of pop culture.
All of this disco fuss (which coincided with Anita Bryant’s gay bashing on the news every night) makes us realize that fighting pop culture “wars” is a sad, furious (and deeply stupid) tale as old as time.
We have THOUGHTS about this one!
Sources for this episode
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On Thursday, February 20, 2003, at 11:07 pm, the band Great White headed onto the stage of the East Warwick, Rhode Island rock club The Station with a blast of pyrotechnic sparks. Singer Jack Russell quickly observed that the stage and ceiling were catching fire, and the crowd of over 460 people was told to leave the building.
Within 6 minutes, the building was engulfed in flames killing 100 people (the youngest was 18) and injuring 230 others. Today we will discuss what led up to the tragedy and what has happened in the 20 years since then.
Trigger warning: Death by fire
Sources for this episode include:
Station Nightclub Fire Wikipedia
The Providence Journal
CBS 48 Hours (October 2021)
The Hour (Norwalk, CT)
Report of the Technical Investigation of The Station Nightclub Fire
(June 2005)WPRI.com (Timeline of Events)
The New York Times (2003)
The New York Times (2006)
Boston Globe 2021
Daily Mail 2021
Killer Show by John BarylickFrom the Ashes,
Surviving the Station Nightclub Fire by Gail Russo
Trial by Fire by Scott James
Bill Murray is a comedy legend who first came to fame as one of the “Not Ready for Primetime Players” on Saturday Night Live from 1977-1980 and has gone on to star in classic films like Stripes, Rushmore, Ghostbusters, What About Bob?, and Groundhog Day–to name a few.
He also has won Emmy Awards, been nominated for an Academy Award, and received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.
He is also known to be an abusive Creep who has been a bully in just about every sense of the word on set and off since the beginning of his career and only in the last year faced anything resembling consequences.
We are also big fans, but this shit needs to be discussed.
Sources for this episode:
New York Times
Vanity Fair Geena Davis review
Bill Murray creeping on Geena Davis on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1990 (YouTube)
Los Angeles Times
The Smoking GunTop 10 Beyond the Screen (ignore the bad pronunciations)
Los Angeles Times podcast “Asian Enough” with Lisa Liu
The AV Club
New York PostPage 6 History of Bill Murray Beefs
Geena Davis’s memoir Dying of Politeness
Trigger warning: Domestic Violence, Assault, and Workplace Abuse.
Is Stockholm Syndrome a real diagnosis or just sexist trash?
On Thursday, August 23, 1973, a convicted felon Jan-Erik Olsson entered the Kreditbanken Bank in Stockholm, Sweden (technically Norrmalmstrong); he was wearing a wig, painted his eyebrows black, pulled out a submachine gun, and yelled in English with an American accent “the party has begun!”
He fired several shots into the ceiling, announced this was a robbery, and ordered people to the ground. A silent alarm alerted the police, and two officers showed up (one of them unarmed.) Ollson shot one of the officers in his hand while the other was ordered to sit in a chair and sing “Lonesome Cowboy” while taking four hostages into a vault.
Six days later, the entire group, including convicted criminal Clark Olofsson, came out of the bank sacred, dehydrated, and in fear for their lives. They were all scared of the cops, and the kidnap victims had so much sympathy they hugged the captors before being taken to the hospital. All refused to testify against their kidnappers and said they felt more terrified of being harmed by the police than the criminals who held them for days at gunpoint.
The term “Stockholm Syndrome” or, more accurately, Norrmalmstrong Syndrome” was created by Nils Bejerot (a criminologist and psychiatrist), who theorized that victims come to love their kidnappers as a coping mechanism. This would also be the basis of other labels that pathologize and often discredit victims, like trauma bonding (or TROW-MAh, according to Jamie Lee Curtis), battered wife syndrome, and why women seem to pick abusive men.
Over the years, the bank heist and kidnapping situation has been revisited and revised to show a complete picture of what happened in these six days and why Stockholm Syndrome might be a false theory. In short, it’s a creepy diagnosis meant to show women how weak they are under pressure. We think it is bullshit.
Sources for this episode:
Crying Out for Justice Blog
DR. Allen Wade Rethinking Stockholm Syndrome (YouTube)
The Independent UK
Today I Found Out.com
Clark Olofsson Wikipedia
Memory Motel podcast
The History of Stockholm Syndrome PDF
Reason Based Practice
The New Yorker (November 17, 1974)
Six Days in August: The Story of the Stockholm Syndrome by David King
Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, gun violence, and Margo’s bad pronunciations
And while trying to criminalize being gay was not new in the 70s, she’s the one who took it mainstream. The impact of her hateful campaign can be seen in the current “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida and the laws around the country targeting drag shows.
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (Bonnie Parker) & Clyde Chestnut (Champion) Barrow were Depression-era outlaws who caught the nation’s attention between 1932-1934 with their antics. According to legend, they were star-struck lovers who traipsed across the middle of America and the South, holding up banks to “stick it to the man.”
The 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty (possible future Creep episode) and Faye Dunaway, was a sexed-up Hollywood version of their affair.
In real life, they were murderous losers who took 11 lives, kidnapped several people and dropped them off hundreds of miles from home to evade the police, mainly robbed small businesses like gas stations and grocery stores, and put out shitty poetry. Today we will talk about the real story behind Bonnie and Clyde.
Trigger warnings: Sexual assault and murder
Sources for this episode:
Bonnie & Clyde: The Making of a Legend by Karen Blumenthal
PBS American Experience
Netflix: The Highwayman
Anything Under the Sun (YouTube)