Daily Fix: High Holidays & Miss California is Smoking Somethin’

picture-2OMG we’re only like 12 hours away from our big moment with Mama Chaiken herself. A;ex and I are full of ideas that we’ll never actually put into action for the Times Talks Panel tonight. Intern Xandra, however, made the best proposal of all — we’ll throw a shoe at her! We’re willing to accept the night in jail … but what if the shoe hits J-Beals in the face? We can’t have that!  Got any questions for us to ask Ilene while dodging Nerf bullets? Here’s what the panel is about, I’ve added my notes:

Meet the creator and executive producer of Showtime’s award-winning lesbian drama, “The L Word” [in case you forgot WTF Ilene did for that show] along with cast member Jennifer Beals. The show, completing its sixth and final season with an intriguing totally dubious and ridiculous “whodunit” plot twist, was the first to portray the lives of gay women characters in an ongoing television series, and then continue for four additional years portraying the lives of bizarre medical anomalies and OurChart ad-salesmen. Hear how it broke new ground [and hymens] for those involved in the show as well as for the lesbian community, its impact on television, media, current events and pop culture – and what’s coming next for them all.

New potential problem: Reader Nicole has alerted us that some Tibetters will be arriving six hours early — I hope they have a lot of security at this event … or do I?

Today on Autostraddle: Crystal & Stef team up to bring you The Beat on the Street & The Thunder Down Under — your weekly dosage of musical delights. Also check out our coverage of the 2009 GLAAD Awards for Media in Los Angeles [Ilene Chaiken’s dress! Kate & Leisha’s bemused expressions! J-Beals’ smokin’ hot hourglass figure!] — because you know you can always count on us to give you the rawest most slapshot lesbian events coverage anywhere on the internet.

THIS JUST IN – Miss California was asked in last night’s competition if she was for gay marriage. (video below)

Firstly, I’d like to say that she is really monumentally stupid. She says she’s glad we live in a country where people can “choose” same sex marriage or “opposite marriage” — already my alarm is going off. Vermont is not a country. Iowa is not a country. Those are STATES, woman.

Secondly — what is opposite marriage? That sounds hot. Would that be like me marrying a girl who is the opposite of me, like the Paula Abdul song “Opposites Attract”? Have you seen Hey Paula?

Thirdly – she then said in her family she was raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I thought Miss USA was about the American spirit of love, acceptance, and equal rights?

Fourthly, she would look really good with Tila Tequila. They could start a Rocket Science Institute.

Katherine Moennig’s pilot “Three Rivers” is a “strong contender” for pick-up by CBS. (@thr)

Home and Away” Producer defends lesbian plot. (@digital spy)

Frank Rich, the Smartest Man in the World, weighs in on The Bigot’s Last Hurrah. Interesting factoid: “The Gathering Storm” ad cost $1.5 million to produce. I imagine there’s a Massachusetts schoolteacher who could’ve used those funds a little more wisely — say for pencils, or books. (@nytimes)

Lindsay Lohan will be sitting down with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday for a game of “Who’s Public Lesbian Breakup Was Worse: SamRo & LiLo or Ellen & Anne Heche?” Ellen says “I want to make sure that she’s okay and to let her know that she’s got a lot of support.” That’s kinda amazing … maybe Ellen wishes someone had done the same for her back in the more homophobic 90’s?  (@perez revenge)

Top Ten Lessons Learned from 80’s Sitcom Heroines: We are ethically obligated to include any lists that mention Punky Brewster, Kimmy Gibbler, Claire Huxtable and/or Jan Brady. This has all that and more. (@jezebel)

Guess what? It’s National Pot-Smoking Day!  Interesting look at Pot vs. Alcohol by a former police chief at The Huffington Post: “In their five or fifteen or thirty years on the job [my officers] have never had to fight a marijuana user. I then ask: When’s the last time you had to fight a drunk? They look at their watches.”

The Prop 8 fight in California is gaining momentum — starting with students. (@queerty)

Amanda Palmer gets down to dirty business. (@jezebel)

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  1. perhaps i should’ve warned j-beals and ifc to duck!
    have fun. also, where’s the MISS USA link?

  2. I hope Miss Cali is happy with herself and that amazing display of ignorance and stupidity.

  3. I’m guessing this is Miss California’s LAST pageant. Good luck finding a hair stylist, make-up person or dress designer to work with her ignorant ass now.

  4. i am so fascinated by this angle on the anti-gay marriage front, as well as the anti-abortion front – hey, i think it’s great you have the right to do this, but i don’t believe it’s a right you should have. what?

  5. i’m sooo excited about tonight! wheee! JB will be so pretty and gracious and you’ll be right there, witnessing it all. can you hardly believe it? i hope TheTimesCenter has extra wide doors for someone’s over-inflated ego to fit through. ahem.
    [i’m talking about a;ex, obvs]
    Lilo on Ellen!? you guysss! i hope they play a game!
    i feel Jezebel’s Top 10 should be greatly elaborated. like, for weeks/months. i’m not opposed to a Top 200.

  6. So the only things in this post that I’d already seen/read were the 420 articles and the PostSecret picture. [and, well, the AS features but that’s just a given].

    I’m not sure what to make of this. Oh well. Happy Holidaze!

    PS – WTF Miss California?

  7. I will be going home for lunch just for this ep of Ellen. Yes, I will lie to my boss and risk my job for a little Ellen/Lilo action (ew, not that kind of action).

    I think I let out an “Oh jeeeez” when Miss CAli answered that question. I love Perez’s face, how it went from all smiles to disappointment. I think he was truly surprised and caught off guard by her answer. All he could do is put his head down with disappointment.

  8. oh miss california. don’t you know that the one way to automatically make no one take you seriously is to say “no offense” when you’re talking about your opinion?

  9. is it just me or is anyone else worried that Miss Cali will first show up on the news…then a couple of talk shows…then her own reality show? isn’t that how it goes?

    • i think after talk shows, the road forks and she can either choose reality show or FOX News anchor.

  10. Questions to ask JB ideas:

    Fave scene with Laurel Holloman? Fave L Word scene ever?

    What did JB think of Laurel’s speech at the A-List awards? LOL – whose gonna get the award? hehe

    JB: What does she think of the way TiBette ended? What did she picture for TiBette in their future (other than marriage)?

    Can any anyONE explain the damned interrogation taped footage (other than getting to look more at gorgeous Xena? LOL)…

    IFC: Did you actually CONSULT writers on S. 6 or just write it all your arrogant damned self?

  11. Calmax wants to ask Miss California: WTF is “OPPOSITE MARRIAGE”???????? You dumb twaat…!

  12. i just wanted to say im really excited about reading your tweets right now.

    I’ve seen alot about this miss cali gal but haven’t actually brought myself to watch the video or anything….i just cannot do it.

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