Pop Culture Fix: Aubrey Plaza Takes Off Her Tie For You in GQ

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Well good holigay Monday to you, my friends! Here is your first Pop Culture Fix of the week!

+ Aubrey Plaza covers GQ this week in a brilliant and hilarious profile, with some seriously sexy photos. There’s stories of intense pranks in there, counter pranks, fake pranks, and lots of info about Plaza’s upcoming projects. “The ‘she’s so weird; narrative that has followed Aubrey Plaza around for most of her career often feels like a cliché. She’s inscrutable and brunette–is the industry so devoid of imagination that this is the threshold for weird? But then she’ll say things like: ‘Adam was so innocent, like a baby bird. It was really sick, what I was doing to him. I got him to the brink of a psychological break.’ And she’s… kidding? It’s hard to tell.”

+ Warrior Nun has broken Netflix’s record for best audience scores as fans advocate for a third season.

+ What do you think of MovieWeb’s list of underrated lesbian TV shows?

+ The Ladies is a must-see short about lesbian life.

+ The L Word’s Jennifer Beals and Laurel Holloman reveal all on uniting Bette and Tina.

+ Natalie Morales talks season three of Dead To Me, Latinx representation, and her queer-awakening.

+ The Bad Sisters cast on the liberating joys of attempted murder.

+ Cara Delevingne tells BBC that “being queer felt fluid and free.” 

+ How one line in Strange World shows Disney is finally getting queer representation right.

+ Everything we know about Netflix’s The Ultimatum: Queer Love.

+ We’re Here season three is like Queer Eye with teeth.

+ It sucks that The Children’s Hour‘s take on queerness is still relevant 60 years later.

+ God of War Ragnarok has a tragic LGBTQ side quest.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Two little things I wanted to mention:
    Irene Cara passed away November 25th. Not queer but has pretty much always been an ally as well as a phenomenal performer. She’s best known for starting in Fame (1980, which is a bit gay.) and doing the music for Flashdance (one of my mom’s favorites.) which stars Jennifer Beals before her L word days.
    Also Gal Costa! Which is a name probably most of you don’t know but if you’re in Brazil or your household is, you’ve probably at least been morning a bit for Gal, who passed earlier this November. I’ve grown up listening to her music, my mãe has, I’ve been reading more about her and she was such a badass! Yesterday I also found out that apparently she was also queer and dated women and I can’t get over that!!! I’ve been growing up listening to this woman sing since I was a tiny baby!! I need to vent about it someplace so I might as well do it here.

  2. I saw strange world with my kid over the weekend and i will second the whole ‘it just is/isn’t a plot point’ which was nice. Although, as a person with 30 years of media to draw on, i did assume i was going to eye roll at some point so the movie could have an ‘oh no homophobia!’ side quest but was pleasantly surprised when it never came up (not even grandpa steroids batted an eye over it).

    Also, it’s not something you could misinterpret, Ethan is definitely gay and everyone knows it. It’s not a blink and you miss it.

    My only caveat to this is that because it’s not a main plot point you could probably cut out about 15 minutes of the movie and appease censorship in certain countries.

    On a less gay note, i really enjoyed the ‘strange world’ cotton candy acid trip from the cambrian. My kid in particular was super impressed that they made giant hallucigenia. That was the high point of the movie according to my little nerd.

  3. “What do you think of MovieWeb’s list of underrated lesbian TV shows?:

    It consists of 7 well-reviewed streaming shows plus Lip Service, a show so terrible that no possible description could underrate it. Maybe they should have described the list as under-viewed rather than underrated?

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