Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of "Elizabeth Taylor," "Beyond Black" and "Celebrity Culture." He is honorary professor of sociology at Aston University and has previously worked at the universities of Hong Kong and Tampa.

Are the Windsors the New Kardashians?

Jan 14, 2020

You can understand Meghan Markle’s frustration. There she is, half of one of the most illustrious, acclaimed and renowned couples on the planet. Practically every time she switches on the TV, she’s reminded of what could be. “All that money, publicity and influence — and what do they actually do?”...

Racism Hides Where We Least Expect It

Dec 18, 2019

Last night, the caregiver who comes to help my 98-year-old mother take a shower and get ready for bed arrived looking a little shocked. She’d just been angrily rejected by another patient, an elderly man who had complained, “You’re not even white.” He was white; she is African Caribbean and...

Are There Still Safe Passages Left for Men?

Dec 14, 2019

In Adam Shankman’s film, “What Men Want,” Taraji P. Henson’s character solicits a compliment from a man. “My ass doesn’t look good in this skirt?” she asks rhetorically. The man replies, “In the current cultural climate it feels inappropriate for me to comment on your body.” A sharp reminder from...

Why Does Transphobia Still Exist?

Nov 13, 2019

Nobody is born a bigot. Why does bigotry exist? Because it creates the illusion of order and normality in a chaotic world. Possessing or expressing strong, unreasonable beliefs and disliking others who have different, often contrasting, beliefs or puzzling ways of life explains disquieting problems to the bigot and provides...

Is Transphobia Becoming the Bitterest Bigotry in Modern Society?

Oct 28, 2019

“A biological male claiming to be a transgender woman, won the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles over the weekend.” That’s how the alt-right news website Breitbart greeted Rachel McKinnon’s victory last October. Since then McKinnon, a Canadian track cyclist who transitioned from male to female...

What Is Behind Football’s Persistent Racism?

Oct 15, 2019

Imagine it’s 1979. Britain’s national game, football, is still anchored to its working-class roots. The tribal violence known as hooliganism surfaces at practically every game, and the stadiums are often dilapidated monuments of the previous century. A handful of black players are breaking through at a number of clubs in...

The Issue Behind the WAG Instagram Scandal

Oct 11, 2019

“She said to me: ‘I’m not pointing the finger’ and I said: ‘You have just annihilated me in public and hung me out to dry. The whole world hates me!’” So says wide-eyed Rebekah Vardy, seemingly incredulous at her friend Coleen Rooney’s very public, even flamboyant disclosure that her Instagram...

What the Jeffrey Epstein Case Means for #MeToo

Aug 10, 2019

Editor’s Note: Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy American financier, was found dead in his prison cell in an apparent suicide on August 10, 2019. He had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, to which he pleaded not guilty in July. This article by Ellis Cashmore, author of “Kardashian...

What If Michael Jackson Had Lived?

Jun 21, 2019

Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, has become one the most castigated figures in recent history. What if he’d lived to see it? What if, on June 24, 2009, the paramedics had arrived at Michael Jackson’s home in Los Angeles at 12:24pm — two minutes earlier than they...

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