Tag: turbofolk

Turbo-Trump: Patriotic Pop Dedicated to Donald

What’s the deal with these weird second-world countries where the post-industrial peasantry periodically elects an unhinged, regrettably-coiffured populist oligarch who targets journalists, jails the opposition, and spends the national budget on beluga caviar, vanity projects and J-Lo concerts? Reader, I ask thee. Before Hillary becomes the next Tymoshenko, The Art…

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Queer As Turbofolk (Part VIII): Pain And Pleasure 1

Welcome to a Culture Wars Special of Queer As Turbofolk – today we’re debating the ethical implications of keeping hot guys in cages, racial objectification in Polish pop-folk, the teleology of Ceca, Cisleithanian privilege in 19th-century Galicia, and whether Macedonian crunk is cultural appropriation. Pull up an ethically carpentered chair…

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Queer As Turbofolk (Part V): In, Out, Shake It All About?

  “I’m lonely and in a difficult situation.” So read the suicide note of 23-year-old South Korean pop star Kim Ji-Hoo, who hanged himself on 6 October 2008, less than six months after coming out as gay on a TV series exploring the lives of LGBT Koreans. Three days earlier,…

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Slovenia: Touch of Balkan or Little Austria?

Where does Slovenia belong? With the Balkans or with (Central) Europe? Joris Zantvoort looks at history, music, slang and food to find out.  It is an understatement to say that Austrians do not have a reputation for being fun in Slovenia. Austrians are seen as the epitome of boredom, coldness,…

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Queer As Turbofolk (Part III): Academic Voices

In Part 1, we explored how Eastern Europe is often conceptually constructed as a dangerous, wild “other” in contrast to the “civilized” West, how the narrow views and outdated perceptions of Serbian “turbofolk” in English-language mainstream media are no exception to this narrative, and how the all-too-common Western homonationalist labelling of…

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Queer As Turbofolk (Part II): Body Politics

From scary divas to anonymous topless men, it’s time for some turbofolk therapy. Technology. Global connection. Social media. What’s it doing to us? There are examples littered throughout science fiction of characters who lose their minds due to information overload. Robots that fritz out and start emitting smoke after absorbing too much…

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