Sue Bird Is Gay And Dating Megan Rapinoe, Delevigne Drops Single
Plus internet aflame after Supergirl cast mocks queer viewers.
Sue Bird Comes Out, Is Dating Megan Rapinoe
“I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend. … These aren’t secrets to people who know me,” Bird told ESPN last week. The Seattle Storm player has been in the WNBA for fifteen years, but this is the first time she’s confirmed her sexuality to the public. “I don’t feel like I’ve not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you’re not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it’s this secret. That was never the case for me.”
So why now? Bird revealed she’s known she was gay since college. It's happening when it's happening because that's what feels right," Bird says. "So even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn't right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It's my journey."
Bird and Rapinoe, who is very open about her sexuality, have been dating since last Fall, so the timing of Bird’s coming out might suggest Rapinoe’s influence. Bird says this isn’t the case. "This actually has nothing to do with Megan, in terms of how free I feel to talk about it," Bird said. "This has been something I've been on the verge of doing for a long time."
Rapinoe and Bird had lots of sweet things to say about each other in the interview. "We have a lot in common and just sort of clicked," Rapinoe said. "I joke she is my No. 1 go-to-for-advice person. She's just so level-headed."
"Megan feels really passionately about things," Bird said. "I just never felt that calling, if that's the right word. I was living my life, just not necessarily leading the charge. But I never felt that made me any less real."
Yin and yang, those two. Check out the full interview for more details.
Evan Rachel Wood Tells Ben Affleck To Grow Up
It’s been twenty years since a cute lil indie called Chasing Amy charmed audiences by suggesting that men could seduce lesbians if they tried hard enough. At the time, this passed for positive lesbian representation, and now, in 2017, this still apparently qualifies as quality LGBTQ cinema. Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith dropped by Outfest to celebrate the movie’s anniversary and fondly reminisce about Ben Affleck’s casual homophobia after kissing a male co-star in one allegedly memorable Chasing Amy scene. “Affleck said, ‘A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face,’” recollected Smith. He then said that after the scene was filmed Affleck announced, “Now I’m a serious actor.’”
Pause for you to throw up a little.
Evan Rachel Wood did not find this idiotic comment as adorable as Kevin Smith. When Paper Magazine tweeted “Ben Affleck says gay kissing is "the greatest acting challenge an actor could ever face," Wood responded, “Try getting raped in a scene. Also, grow up Ben.” Burn. Wood continued, “Also, you think us ladies like kissing all the guys we kiss? Just cause its a "straight kiss" doesnt mean we enjoy it. Ahem.”
At least there are a couple people in Hollywood willing to challenge stupidity.
Internet Aflame After Supergirl Cast Mocks Lesbian Viewers
Outcry erupted among queer fans of the CW’s Supergirl after the cast poked fun at same-sex-shippers in a recent interview. During a musical recap of the latest season, Jeremy Jordan (who plays Winslow “Winn” schott Jr.) took aim at queer fans who hope for a romantic relationship between titular character Kara Danvers (played by Melissa Benoist) and Lena Luther (Katie McGrath). "They're only friends!” Jeremy shouted at the camera while cackling with mirth, “They're not gonna get together, and they're only friends." Melissa and other Supergirl cast members (all straight) then roar with laugher, with one even getting up to do a triumphant jig. Fans took to social media to express their hurt.
Pause for a brief explanation: Supergirl fans aren’t mad because they’re not getting exactly what they want. Queer viewers have long gotten used to scant representation. What really set them off was the tone and subtle implication behind this flippant dismissal. These people, who are some of the show’s most passionate viewers and a big contributor to keeping Supergirl on air, are upset because they were laughed at by the very people who claim to be allies. To be laughed at by your favorite actors because you wish their characters were queer is dismissive, disdainful, and steeped in subtle homophobia. Gay relationships are not a punchline, and longing for representation in your favorite show isn’t comical or pathetic. There’s also double standard here. A TV show’s cast would not laughingly dismiss the possibility of a male and female character ever getting together, because the longer a TV show runs, the more plotlines are needed, and the more likely it is that every possible relationship will be explored, no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time. The only reason this relationship is deemed impossible is it’s a relationship between two women.
Jeremy took to Instagram to post an apology that was perceived as less than authentic. Here it is:
Fans were not mollified. In fact, they were even more angered by what they perceived to be an insincere “I’m sorry you’re upset, but you are wrong and hateful.” Jeremy, apparently realizing the depth of shit he was wading deeper into, followed up with another, slightly less self-righteous response.
Just when the scandal was winding down, an email chain surfaced on tumblr that further heightened Supergirl fans feelings of dismissal. A queer fan of the show emailed Melissa Benoist’s PR reps to express her hurt at Melissa (that’s Supergirl aka Kara) laughing at LGBTQ fans. An unnamed rep allegedly rebutted with a startling un-PR like statement that contained this thinly veiled threat “It’s wholly irresponsible to publicly admonish anyone, as you have on your social media platforms, and I mean anyone, for such a broad and unsubstantiated interpretation of the S2 recap. That... is actually the definition of defamation.”
My request for comment and verification went unanswered, which is understandable given the post went viral and the user received a high volume of encouragement and backlash. Other sources have apparently verified the email.
Supergirl fans remain divided. Some see the cast’s comments as nothing but a joke gone wrong, others see it has hurtful but accept his apology, and others interpret the comments, Melissa’s silence on the subject, and the PR reps scathing response as indicative of a cast and show who view LGBTQ viewers (and relationships) as a joke.
Watch the video, read the posts, and let me know what you think.
Cara Delevingne Drops New Single, Flops At Box Office
Valerian flopped at the box office last weekend, raking in a pitiful $17 million (the movie cost 180 million) and failing to solidify Cara Delevingne's movie star credibility with a lucrative action franchise. Sad for Cara. One highlight of the whole debacle is a new song by Cara Delevingne. She models, she sings, she acts, she gays, she looks beautiful making ugly faces, she does it all! “I Feel Everything” is a bouncy, horn heavy track produced by Pharrell and featured on Valerian’s soundtrack. It’s good, not great, and shows off Cara’s surprisingly wide vocal range. The girl has talent.
Bella Thorne Did Not Masturbate On Snapchat
A fake video of Bella Thorne seemingly masturbating on Snapchat trended on Twitter and fooled gossip sites like Hollywoodlife. The explicit video showed Bella Thorne masturbating in a car while moaning “I need a father.” Someone created the video by splicing together one of Bella Thorne’s snapchats from a car together with a video of someone else masturbating in a car. Forgeries like these are relatively common. Anyone with moderate editing skills can cobble together pornographic footage that doesn’t show a face with actual celebrity video to create a crude imitation of a sex tape. As for the “I need a father” line? That was Bella Thorne speaking, but she wasn’t saying “I need a father,” she was saying “I need a frother.” That’s right, some idiot took a Snapchat of Thorne shopping for a coffee frother and made it seem dirty.
Thorne eventually responded on Twitter. “Hahahahaha wait you guys think this is real? Hahahaha. I don’t even masterbate [sic] like that. Where’s the vibrator thooo,” she tweeted, along with a crying laughing face emoji. She followed with “The worst part of this video is them making fun of the fact that I lost my father. You’re right. Me being daddyless is sooooo funny.”
Kristen Stewart And Stella Maxwell Adopt Puppy
Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell are taking the next classic lesbian relationship step: pet adoption. Celebs, they are just like us! Stella posted a picture of the adorable caramel pup on Instagram, stating that the puppy was rescued in Van Nuys and reminded her followers to “#adoptdontshop like every other doting, slightly sanctimonious lesbian dog owner you know. Kristen was spotted carrying the puppy around the set of her latest movie, JT Leroy, while Stella Maxwell hung out her girlfriend’s trailer, wearing sweatpants and gaping at the puppy/Kristen with the lazy love of a lesbian in a long term relationship.