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Episode 232: The Reinvention of JoJo Siwa. Plus, ‘Fallout’


The world met JoJo Siwa when she was just 9 years old—the youngest participant on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition (the “Abby” being Abby Lee Miler of Lifetime’s reality show Dance Moms). Though she was sent home after the competition’s ninth week, Siwa made an impression. Soon, she started appearing on Dance Moms proper, and she ultimately parlayed her sunny personality and love of hair bows into internet superstardom.

But as happens to all of us, Siwa grew up. And like many a media darling before, she felt her online brand needed a change: A darker, more salacious change.

Enter “Karma,” Siwa’s first hit single, a profanity-laced song unpacking how she cheated on her girlfriend complete with a video where Siwa looks a bit like a rejected member of KISS.

What are we to make of this turn in Siwa’s career? Adam Holz sits down with Kristin Smith, Jonathan McKee and Emily Tsiao to talk about Siwa, her new song and the potential fallout for families.

Oh, and speaking of which, did you hear that Prime Video is streaming a TV series titled Fallout, based on the long-running video game franchise? Tsiao will give you the lowdown on the show. (But just as a teaser, the show indeed goes pretty low.)

And then, as always, we want to hear from you. Do you remember JoJo Siwa from back in the day? What do you think of her new image? Have you played Fallout? Watched the show? Do you want one of those suits of mechanical armor? Or is that just me? Let us know via Facebook and Instagram. Write us an email at [email protected]. Or you can even leave us a voicemail–if you like—right on The Plugged In Show homepage.

Then, next week, get ready for us to talk about the summer movie season! That’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

One Response

  1. What JoJo needs is prayers that she sees her need for a relationship with Jesus Christ, for her mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and that she starts making good lifestyle choices.