Soko Is A Manic Pixie Cover Girl And Rachel Maddow Had The Best Week Ever
Plus, can bisexuality be funny?
Soko is on the cover of Nylon and she still seems insane
Soko is Nylon Magazine’s latest cover girl. You remember Soko as a singer/actress who briefly dated Kristen Stewart. Her biggest songs, “Lovetrap” and “We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow,” did well on the internet. She also starred in Augustine, and arty period piece that I didn’t see. Soko received a Cesar nomination for her performance in The Dancer, a “Belle Epoque” period piece. Soko is French, adroit, and striking. She is also bizarre. How bizarre? A few highlights from the interview.
“I’ve been doomed by knowing death at such a young age,” she says. “I knew we were mortal before I could process it fully.
“She starts scrolling through my feed, “heart-ing” pictures of ballet class and melted lipstick... She stops on a Polaroid I took with one of her ex’s rumored new girlfriends*. “What’s this?” she asks, her eyebrows making a fierce crease across her forehead. I shrug and she hands my phone back. We hop down the Statue’s steps and decide, wordlessly, that we’re ready to leave Liberty Island.”
“I’m an artist and that’s it. Everything I do is from an impulse to be creative. I have to do it. I would die if I didn’t. Now let’s go... Forward is the way toward. Or toward is the way forward. Come on!”
What a weird, entertaining person.
*I scrolled through the author’s instagram feed and the “one of her ex’s” is Kristen Stewart and the “rumored new girlfriend” is Stella Maxwell
A Retired WNBA star claims she was tormented by the big bad lesbians
Candice Wiggins, a WNBA washout with a chip on her shoulder, make headlines this week by bashing lesbians. She’s claiming that the WNBA’s toxic lesbian culture (ok) is the reason she retired early. Let’s go to the quotes.
“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” Wiggins said. “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they (the other players) could apply.”
“I didn’t like the culture inside the WNBA, and without revealing too much, it was toxic for me. … My spirit was being broken.”
“There was a lot of jealousy and competition, and we’re all fighting for crumbs,” Wiggins said. “The way I looked, the way I played – those things contributed to the tension... People were deliberately trying to hurt me all of the time. I had never been called the B-word so many times in my life than I was in my rookie season. I’d never been thrown to the ground so much. The message was: ‘We want you to know we don’t like you.’”
I’d clap back now, but this ESPN rebuttal did it for me. ESPN writes “As for the assertion that virtually all of the WNBA's players are gay, try to "look and play like men" and are actively hostile to straight players? The "beware of scary, predatory lesbians who'll rob you of your femininity" accusations have been used to considerable harm against women's sports for decades. Is this something Wiggins truly believes and wants to reinforce?”
Precisely. ESPN went further, interviewing several long-time WNBA players about Wiggins statements. Not a single one had witnessed any bullying in the WNBA, much less a systematic culture of lesbian athletes tormenting any straight girl who dared besmirch their hallowed court.
Hannah Hart teams up with Lionsgate for LGBTQ romcom
Lionsgate signed lesbian YouTuber and best-selling author Hannah Hart to a major movie contract. The first look deal means that Hart will executive produce and star in upcoming Lionsgate films. Her first project? An LGBTQ romcom!
This is big! Hart’s new deal may signal a change in the status quo for gay film. For years, the few movies about gay people to hit big screens were created by and starring straight people. And for years, those stories have been depressing, repetitive trauma porn. The gay community is crying for representation that doesn’t make us want to gouge our eyes out. We want gay characters who laugh and love in romantic comedies. We want gay characters who kick ass and take names in action flicks. We want gay characters who unravel mysteries in suspenseful thrillers. We want gay characters whose storyline does not start and end with their sexuality.
Sara Ramirez called out ABC's 'The Real O'Neals' for its biphobic jokes
All right, all right, settle down. Let’s start with the joke in question.
In a recent episode of The Real O’Neals, a teen gay character named Kenny made a joke about bisexuals. He compared bisexuality to “webbed toes” and “money problems.” I’m not sure how those two are linked so that’s interesting joke structure.
Sara Ramirez, who came out as bisexual four months ago, took to twitter to air her grievances. As do we all. The Grey’s Anatomy star tweeted
“Dear @ABCNetwork @TheRealONeals: own it, address it, clarify it, empower our #Queer #Bisexual youth & community w/accurate positive reflections, As someone who worked 4 them 4 10 years+, am truly disheartened & disappointed quite frankly. I will invest my brand where I'm respected.”
Hillary Clinton and Kate McKinnon had dinner and you weren’t invited
What do we think they talked about? Trump? Lesbians? Song? How Kate Mckinnon’s rendition of Hillary Clinton singing “Hallelujah” was the most devastating and authentic display of loss ever to grace the SNL stage? Or how to get that perfect shade of cool blonde coiffure? We can only imagine.
Courtney Stodden comes out as bisexual
In “Ok, sure,” news, Courtney Stodden came out as bisexual after splitting with husband and maybe pedophile Doug Hutchison. “I think I just want to have fun. I like guys who are funny and you know, successful… and girls too! You know, I mean, I’m bi so why not some girls too?” Stodden told Fox News. Stodden rose to notoriety in 2011 when, at 16, she married the 51-year-old actor. The couple engaged in a crass social media whirlwind culminating in reality television. Best of luck to the fortunate lady who gets to date this scintillating mind.
Rachel Maddow is having the best week ever
At least, when it comes to ratings. The fearless MSNBC pundit pulled in over 2 million viewers every night since Trump’s inauguration. Thanks in large part to Maddow’s popularity, MSNBC was the third most-watched cable network last week. Let’s keep that roll going!
“The Good Fight” features the first lesbian protagonist on network television
Are CBS viewers ready for a lesbian lead? I can’t believe this is the first show network TV show EVER to have a lesbian lead character. You think we’ve made progress in lesbian representation. Then you glance at hard facts and realize that progress is pretty illusion.
If straight viewers cannot relate to gay characters, they are homophobic. That’s it. No excuses. Because if you can’t relate the gay characters, that means you don’t see gay people as full people who share your emotions and experiences. I dearly hope The Good Fight is a good show. Because if it tanks, I guarantee you that networks will say “Straight audiences don’t want to see lesbian protagonists,” and gay characters be relegated to supporting and guest roles, as we have been for the history of TV.
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