, 2022-12-17 11:00:23,
The Pointed Cat Eye
The writer and comedian Ziwe’s late-night talk show, “Ziwe,” premièred its second season, on Showtime, this year. Ziwe rose to fame with the success of “Baited with Ziwe,” a low-budget YouTube series that débuted in 2017, in which she questioned non-Black guests on their knowledge of race and politics. On the show and its subsequent Instagram Live iteration, the host asked guests how many Black friends they had, and quizzed them on Malcolm X’s life; the answers were often cringeworthy, partly owing to their candor and partly because her guests seemed eager to prove that they understood their privilege and were open to criticism. Ziwe’s new show takes the same format and recasts it with higher production values and better-known figures (Emily Ratajkowski, Charlamagne tha God). The result is a little less charged, and a little zanier. As a host, Ziwe is fond of wearing an exaggerated cat eye in purple, green, or pink eyeliner, which, along with the powder-blue tweed jackets, pink furs, and crystal-studded chokers she favors, calls to mind a millennial Joan Rivers.
The Everyday Cat Eye
At some point this summer, on my way to meet a friend for a drink, I saw a young woman in shorts and a T-shirt sitting on a park bench, her head buried in a book. What caught my eye was her makeup—she had a bold, dramatic cat eye that flared out past the edge of her…
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