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The Discourse Over “Nepo Babies” and Nepotism in Our Culture

We address the criticisms and determine if there’s any validity to the arguments for the favoritism.



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New York Magazine's named 2022 the Year of the Nepo Baby, after much discourse over the prevalence of "nepo babies" in pop culture.

What is a "nepo baby"? The term refers to the children of the already famous who have likely benefited from their parent's fame to achieve success in their desired fields.

Senior Writer for, Nate Jones, who wrote the article that helped spark much of the debate in the nepo babies discourse, joins us to share his thoughts on nepotism in Hollywood.

Then, Dr. Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay speaks with us on the prevalence of nepotism in our culture and weighs in on the arguments and criticisms made in the discourse over the so-called, "nepo babies".

Dr. Christy Nittrouer discusses the effects that nepotism has on the workplace and how individuals can acknowledge and utilize their privilege to help disenfranchised groups.

Plus, reporter and sports anchor, Jake Reiner, son of director Rob Reiner, shares his views on the nepotism debate from the perspective of someone with famous relatives.



Nate Jones

  • Senior Writer,

Dr. Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay

  • Associate Professor of Communication, S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University
  • Author, Diversity and Satire: Laughing at Processes of Marginalization

Dr. Christy Nittrouer

  • Assistant Professor in Management, Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University

Jake Reiner

  • Reporter & Sports Anchor, KCAL News

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