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Do you have a strong opinion that’s a little bit ... spicy?

Maybe you believe bananas and cheese belong together, or perhaps you’ve spent hours extolling the virtue of 2019’s Cats to friends and family. MoPOP has just the place for strong opinions loosely held. We present to you the Hot Takes Symposium: our new program where fans can convene to discuss and defend their strangest points of view to an indifferent moderator.


Event date  SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
Event time  6:00pm PT
Event location   ALL AGES

This program uses a pay-what-you-can ticket model — every little bit helps! All proceeds contribute to MoPOP programming, along with the preservation of our collection and our educational initiatives, all of which support our mission of making creative expression a life-changing force.


Hot Takes Symposium Topics


Why I will Survive the Whalepocalypse

Local Seattle Drag Queen and purveyor of Hot Takes, Jane Don’t, will be doing a deep dive into the titanic whale propaganda campaign featured in many of our favorite films and shows. Jane hopes to open our third eyes (blowholes?) to the evils of whales, and the dastardly marketing campaign that made them so beloved.


PowerPoint Party

I Will Survive? Survival of the Kasi

MoPOPs Public Engagement Producer, Kasi Gaarenstroom will be taking a look at some of her favorite slasher films and pondering how she would fare in them. Would she survive a night with Freddy Kreuger? What about camp at Crystal Lake? Tune in to find out if she’s Final Girl or First Kill material.

Debate Club

Who would survive: The winner of Alone or Survivor?

Which survival reality show better preps its winner for survival? Hosted by Andrew Orvedahl, Eliza Skinner, Troy Walker and Janine Brito, we’ll be putting the rigor of reality tv shows Survivor and Alone to the test to see which one produces survivalists, and which one leaves contestants without a paddle.

The Hot Takes Symposium uses three different formats for pop culture obsessives to air their “hot takes” on their favorite movies, TV shows and more: a PowerPoint Party, Debate Club, and a POPx on the given theme.

Each Hot Takes Symposium will include

Hot Takes Powerpoint Party

Hot Takes Debate Club

Hot Takes POPx


PPP (Powerpoint Party)

Feeling nostalgic for Word art, swipe-in transitions, and clip art of the presentations of yore? Join us for this visual, slide-based discussion of the speaker's hot take.

Debate Club

Modeled on the infamous high school debate club. Debates in this format will be between entities in the same pop culture universe (ex. Batman Returns Batsuit vs. Batman Begins Batsuit).


Our take on a Ted Talk. A little more academic in nature than our Power Point Party, POPx discussions will focus on topics like conspiracy theories, academia, and more.