AVQ&A: What’s your favorite example of lampshading in pop culture?

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This week’s question comes from reader Stephen Winchell:

What’s your favorite example of lampshading in pop culture?

Alex McCown

A scene from Winnie Holzman’s glorious-but-painfully-canceled-in-its-first-season series My So-Called Life offers a straightforward textbook example of hanging a lampshade on a plot point. Graham Chase (Tom Irwin), Angela’s father, confides to his brother that he’s been flirting with another woman, and that she proposed meeting up in a hotel room to actually move this attraction into the …

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