“Portrait of a Bernie on Fire” (and 24 Other Lesbian Shenanigans)

It all started this morning, when Carmen came into our little virtual office and lamented over her bowl of oatmeal: “Today is one of those days I wish I had photoshop skills, because I bet photoshopping that Bernie Sanders meme into famous gay tv scenes would be hilarious.”

Natalie, of course, saved the day — because it turned out you didn’t need fancy photoshopping to use that photo of Bernie Sanders and join in on the best meme of the last 36 hours. You only needed this:

A clear cut out of Bernie Sanders sitting alone at the inauguration, his arms crossed grumpily on a chair.

And friends, once we got started, we absolutely couldn’t stop.

Bernie’s Anatomy

(Grey’s Anatomy)

cut-out Bernie Sanders sits between Callie and Arizona having therapy on the show Grey's Anatomy.

Bernonna Earp

(Wynonna Earp)

A cut-out Bernie Sanders sits between Waverly Earp and Nicole Haught in Wynonna Earp

But I’m a Bernie!

(But I’m a Cheerleader)

Bernie sure does hate conversion therapy in "But I'm a Cheerleader!"



A Bernie Sanders cut-out is photoshopped between Emily and the love of her life/sister-in-law, Susan.

Dr. Bernie

(Dr. Who)

A Cut out of Bernie Sanders is cold and lonely with these characters (one of which is an alien with horns) from Dr. Who

Bernie’s Little Liars

(Pretty Little Liars)

A cut out Bernie Sanders sits grumpily as Maya and Emily kiss on Pretty Little Liars

Bernie Sanders Forgot that “Gia” Is a VERY F*CKING SAD Movie


A cut out of Bernie Sanders creeps behind the door while Gia flirts with her girlfriend in the movie Gia

Bernie Also Hates Mr. Schue


A cut out of Bernie Sanders sits in the choir room of Glee, he Is just as unhappy to be there as the rest of us are.

The L Word: Generation Bernie

(The L Word: Generation Q)

Bernie is grumpy that Shane is using flash photography at Angie's play in the L Word: Generation Q

Bernie Sanders Is Once Again Asking Jenny Schecter To Stop Smoking in a Public Park

(The L Word)

Cut out Bernie Sanders is pissed about the air pollution as Jenny smokes with her legs crossed in sepia tones in this image from The L Word

Bernies of Tomorrow

(Legends of Tomorrow)

Bernie joins a futuristic sci-fi group huddle to defeat the Big Bad in "Legends of Tomorrow"

One Bernie at a Time

(One Day at a Time)

Cut outBernie Sanders is sad with his arms crossed because Elena's dad is homophobic while the rest of the Alvarez family cries and holds Elena to support her at her quinceñera

Bernie Said 🗣 “Kat You In Danger, Girl”

(The Bold Type)

Cut out Bernie Sanders is judging Kat's terrible life choices while she records her podcast on The Bold Type (the back of Kat's head is backlit while she talks to Ava)

Bernie Gives It a 9, At Best


Bernie Loves Creamed Spinach and a Dry Martini with an Olive


A cut out of Bernie Sanders peers over Therese's shoulder during lunch in a 1950s bar in "Carol"

San Bernipero

(San Junipero)

Bernie hangs out in a bar in the 1980s with the women of San Junipero



Cut out Bernie Sanders sits in the park with his legs and arms crossed in the cold while Noni and her girlfriend flirt in Sense8

Bernie 19

(Station 19)

A cut out of Bernie Sanders is grumpy to be caught in the middle of Carina and Maya eye f*cking at a bar on Station 19

Berniest Season

(Happiest Season)

Wow Bernie hates Harper, who is currently cuddled up with Abby during a sunlit kitchen morning, in Happiest Season



Cut out Bernie Sanders sits at a wooden table while everyone plots how to take down a villain on Supergirl

Our Long Lost Tío Bernie


A cut out of Bernie Sanders sits in the corner very unhappy as Lyn plays music on the guitar and Emma listens along, smiling, on the tv show Vida.

Bernie in The Wild

(The Wilds)

Cut out Bernie Sanders is lost in the woods and he is very unhappy about it!!

And Finally…

Portrait of a Bernie on Fire

(Portrait of a Lady on Fire)

How it Started… How it’s Going

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  1. Seeing Bernie always gives me a warm feeling, like seeing a favourite grandpa… and I’ll stop there since I don’t have anything nice to say about Joe Biden except that he isn’t Trump and want people to have a bit of a breather.

  2. There really aren’t enough supportive-but-naturally-grumpy Jewish Socialist Grandfathers in queer media, despite my having two of them IRL (one was even named Bernie!). So glad y’all are rectifying that, and that Bernie is everywhere, healing and improving America one mitten at a time.

    P.S. my favorite is “Bernie Sanders Is Once Again Asking Jenny Schecter To Stop Smoking in a Public Park” because I find it all too relatable, but I laughed so hard at all of them!

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