S2 E23: Everybody's hustlin: sex workers on the big screen


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“Climb into my fur,” JLo’s character said, and Constance Wu’s character happily obliged. This was our favorite scene from the recent movie directed by Lorene Scafaria ——“Hustlers.”
In addition to all wanting to climb into JLo’s fur and stay there till the new decade, we also want to take this opportunity to share our thoughts on the movie that features “triple threat” JLo and Constance Wu, the first Asian woman to be nominated for “Best Actress” in Golden Globes’ forty-five-year history (seriously).
Some stuff we talked about:

What we love about "Hustlers, why is 2019 the year of JLo?
What does JLo mean to us growing up consuming American pop culture in China?
Did the Hustlers do a good job portraying the sex work industry?
Izzy takes issue with the way the movie portrays sex workers’ finances and spending habits. We talk about what it means to be poor in American in our day and age. What is the difference between having a lot of money and having a lot of wealth?
Our special interview segment with DAPHNE from RED CANARY SONG, a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers and allies.
Daphne talks about where the movie falls short in its portrayal of sex workers’ life, sex workers’ real experience with law enforcement, the trap of model minority.

Stuff we mentioned/ links to click on:

Constance Wu's real-life 'Hustlers' inspiration and the problem with model minority redemption narratives - NBC Opinion
How Red Canary Song Is Advocating for Migrant Sex Workers - Paper Mag
华人按摩女之死(上):她们的美国梦 - NYT中文
Song Yang之死 - Kink Out
Constance Wu’s Hollywood Destiny - New Yorker
莲,漂泊在中国城市里的性工作者 - NYT中文
法律对女性性工作者的影响 - NSWP
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