The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

“The Legend of Billie Jean” had a little something for each Shat The Movies host. Gene got his Honda Elite scooter. Ash got her Christian Slater. And Big D got Helen Slater with no bra.

But that’s not why listener BreAnn M. commissioned this 1985 coming-of-age film. For her, “The Legend of Billie Jean” was an inspiration, a gateway to feminism and a radical view of what kids could do.

In this episode, the Shat Crew debates whether all Gulf Coast states are the same, whether men are as bad as the movie makes them out to be and whether teens are a powerful force or apathetic losers.

Gene offers some tips on how to make a powerful video for the media. Ash rails against the “these darn kids” messaging of ’80s films. And Big D describes what would really happen to Billie Jean and her gang in the real world. 

Other topics range from the accuracy of police snipers to the plausibility of life in Vermont. And, of course, everyone loves Pat Benatar. 







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