Ruthie - Me & My Dad podcast: Topshop, fake news and Apu from The Simpsons

Ruthie - Me and My Dad

Thursday, November 1, 2018

As a new episode of Ruthie - Me & My Dad lands, we take a look at what's up for discussion between millennial Ruth and her baby boomer father...

In case you weren't up to speed, the premise of the podcast is as follows. Eighteen-year-old Ruth (a millenial), talks current affairs with her father, Martin Kelner (a baby boomer and self-confessed "washed-up broadcaster"). 

If you're still not already sold on tuning in, here's a look at what's going down in this week's episode.



After Sir Philip Green was revealed as the businessman at the centre of allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse, people have been calling for a boycott of his clothing store, Topshop.

Ruthie however has recently purchased "such a good dress" from the shop, despite claiming shopping there was "bad on so many levels".

Sir Philip, who is the chairman of Arcadia Group which owns Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge, has said he "wholly and categorically" denies any allegation of "unlawful sexual or racist behaviour".


Fake news and Facebook

The pair discussed how they have abandoned the social media platform Facebook, after being confused by news stories on the site.

"All of a sudden it crops up, some personality with some totally spurious story that's not true at all," Martin said. "It usually becomes an advert for something."

Ruthie said she had stopped using the site as a result, adding: "You can't trust it to get your news".


The Simpsons

The character of Apu from the Simpsons has come under fire for being a "racist depiction of Indian-Americans", and rumours have been circulating that the character is set to be dropped.

Apu is the proprietor of the fictional Kwik-E Mart on the show, and a viral video made by comedian, Hari Kondabolu, detailed reasons why the character could be deemed offensive.

However, Ruthie and Martin disagreed, claiming the character was not "just the guy that runs the Kwik-E Mart", and had strong storylines on the show.

"My view has always been, if people want to be offended fine, let them," Martin said.


There's a new episode of 'Ruthie - Me & My Dad' every Thursday.

To listen to the latest episode, click right here, or visit the 'Podcasts' tab on the talkRADIO website.