Kevin O'Keeffe
Kevin O'Keeffe

Kevin is the arts editor at Mic, writing about inclusion and representation in pop culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at

July 24, 2017

TJ Miller’s explanation of the “feminist agenda” in ‘The Emoji Movie’ proves the bar is too low

How feminist can a movie with no female writers really be?

July 19, 2017

Why the 2017 backlash to Ben Affleck’s 1997 man-on-man kissing comments is misjudged

Is it fair to hold someone accountable for foolish remarks they made 20 years ago?
July 17, 2017

‘Big Brother 19’ Blackface Controversy: Paul Abrahamian plans to dress to mock Dominique Cooper

The resulting firestorm has fans debating the intent of Paul’s costume and whether racist motive matters.
July 14, 2017

Why ‘Heroes’ star Thomas Dekker came out — and how Bryan Fuller complicated it

Dekker and Fuller's push-and-pull about what happened on 'Heroes' has gone on for a decade.
July 13, 2017

Which show will win the best drama Emmy for 2017 while ‘Game of Thrones’ sits out?

Will it be 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'This Is Us' or something else entirely taking home gold?
July 13, 2017

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ earns first best reality competition Emmy nod, changing the game slightly

Best reality competition brought back too many alumni nominees, but the only change was a vital one.

July 13, 2017

It’s time to give someone other than Julia Louis-Dreyfus the best comedy actress Emmy

Louis-Dreyfus' work on 'Veep' is well-rewarded at this point. There's plenty of other great work to recognize, too.
July 13, 2017

‘Friends From College’ is a waste of the cast’s talent — and the audience’s time

What about this project possibly appealed to such charming, popular actors?
July 12, 2017

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ casting troubles aren’t necessarily a bad sign

Maybe the entertainment giant is simply taking the task of casting the role — which is multi-faceted and sure to be demanding — very seriously.
July 11, 2017

The best reality competition at the Emmys needs a face-lift

Why does one of the youngest skewing categories at the Emmys feel so old?
July 10, 2017

What happened to all the good, new summer TV?

Shows like 'Stranger Things' and 'Unreal' have vacated summer for greener scheduling pastures.

July 7, 2017

‘Degrassi: Next Class’ handles Yael’s gender fluidity intelligently and gracefully

Yael's comfort in their own body is celebrated throughout the show's fourth season, and rightfully so.
July 6, 2017

‘The Bold Type’ is a litmus test for your feelings about wokeness

Depending on your outlook, the new Freeform show offers a refreshing perspective, or is hopping on a tiresome trend.
July 5, 2017

A new ‘Will & Grace’ teaser tells us absolutely nothing about the revival

'Will & Grace' 2.0 is being sold on charm and nostalgia, with no real argument as to why it should exist beyond that.
July 3, 2017

'Snowfall' tries to be 'The Wire' LA. Here’s what it’s getting wrong.

'Snowfall' is so far a disappointing series that fails to live up to the lofty standard 'The Wire' previously set.
July 3, 2017

Netflix's 'Degrassi: Next Class' will feature a genderfluid character in season 4

Yael's journey of self-discovery matters, especially when gender non-conformity is a hot-button topic in TV.

June 27, 2017

Nico Tortorella talks fluid sexuality, polyamory, 'Younger' season 4 and his podcast

"In the smallest way, if I can get some of these stories out, and people are listening, that's the most important thing we can do."
June 24, 2017

The 'RuPaul's Drag Race' finale format change just saved the show from predictability

Predictability seized the last few seasons of 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' but season nine's finale flipped the script.
June 24, 2017

Who won 'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 9?

A lip-sync battle tournament leads to a surprising winner.
June 23, 2017

What on earth is the marketing strategy for 'The Beguiled'?

"Vengeful bitches" doesn't seem like the right phrase to advertise this particular film with, no matter how buzzy of a tagline it is.