Hey Beanie Feldstein, is a hot dog a sandwich?

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Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Welcome to Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich? in which The Takeout asks famous and important people to answer the most important question to ever beguile the human race.

“Delight” is a word that gets overused by many, and particularly by me, an easily delighted person who aspires to be delightful from time to time. But damn it all to hell, there’s no better word to use here: Beanie Feldstein is a delight.

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That was true in Lady Bird, in which she played Julie, the long-suffering best friend to Saoirse Ronan’s titular role. It was true in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, in which she played the endearing Minnie Fay. It’s true in FX’s What We Do In The Shadows, which ends its first season tonight. And good lord, is it true in Booksmart.

The A.V. Club’s Katie Rife calls Booksmart “hilarious, heartfelt, and horny,” adding that Feldstein is “a brilliant comedic performer whose expressive face and explosive energy have the power to make any scene funnier.” Booksmart marks Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut; It arrived theaters this weekend, making it a top-tier candidate for your Memorial Day movie of the year.

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I asked Feldstein, a delight, our go-to question. Here’s her answer.


The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Beanie Feldstein: Is a hot dog... a sandwich?

TO: Yes.

BF: No!

TO: Okay, why is it not a sandwich?

BF: Because it’s its own thing! It’s a separate food category.

TO: Okay, simple enough! Thank you.

BF: That was unexpected.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!

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This isn’t an “is a riding lawnmower a car?” sort of thing, and yet so many people are so attuned to thinking uncritically. The above answer more than any other highlights for me how broken critical thinking has become in our culture, how binary our experience-based data has made things: something either is or isn’t true based solely on what they’ve known. People become entrenched in personal perceptions. Facts seem now to be something we each must discover for ourselves, as if they are no longer immutable.

It’s no longer fun or cute, it’s just another reminder that our world has become destroyed by those who live in it. I’m not blaming Beanie Feldstein or any other individual answerer, just us as a culture, as a whole.