Good for Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson Getting Hammered Before Their Today Show Appearance

Blessed be the fruit, a holy day is upon us! Finally, after what seems like years of gay anticipation, Ocean’s 8 has crashed onto U.S. shores. I guess, technically, that means it’s only a holy day in the United States, but for those of you who have to wait a few more days, weeks, or months (sorry Japan!), allow me to offer up this bit of condolence: at least you’re not in the United States! Please help us!

Perhaps it’s felt like years and not months of anticipation because of the marketing for Ocean’s 8, which has felt borderline threatening. Based on the quantity and composition of the Ocean’s 8 billboards on every corner in L.A., it’s as if this movie is signaling the End Times and these eight women are the horsemen. Even we’ve (read: me and Kayla) gotten in on the fury, writing about this movie a full six months before its release date based on a single trailer and some production photos.

We’ve been passive recipients, so imagine what it’s been like for the film’s cast. Nonstop promotion for a cherished franchise and film on which the future of women-centered media sort of hinges for half a year cannot be easy on one’s soul. Not to mention the kind of promotion. I saw an Ocean’s 8 Instagram ad where the stars had to pretend to text each other about the movie’s release date and had their likenesses juxtaposed with text bubbles filled with emojis and internet lingo. How gauche! Cate Blanchett next to cry-laugh emojis? Calling Rihanna “Ri”? Right in front of my salad? In the immortal words of Valerie Cherish, I don’t wanna see that!

Surely neither did Cate Blanchett. Or Sarah Paulson. It’s why regarding their unhinged interview promoting Ocean’s 8 on the Today Show I’m saying: good for y’all!

It’s six minutes of what Carly Usdin, Autostraddle alum and esteemed writer/director, called “gay chaos,” and folks, I’ve gotta agree. It’s a frantic, frantic take on the early morning press junket interview, and I salut not just them, but the chyron writer for “A Quarter of ‘Eight,’” something l’m still thinking about two days later.

Nothing I describe about the video above will compare to it unfolding in front of your eyes and ears, so like Sarah Paulson at one point in the interview, I’m encouraging you into action by gently caressing your butt forward. Sit back, do the opposite of relax, and enjoy.

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  1. Okay, y’all, this has been killing me for weeks and this pushes it over the top. Why do we not talk about whether Cate Blanchett is some flavor of queer or not? Do we already know she is and I just missed it? But then why is it never mentioned, like, in passing? The only other reason I can think of is some kind of profound respect for her privacy, which, like… I know us, come on.

    Help me out here because I’m beginning to think there’s just an internet gremlin that erases every mention or speculation about her sexuality.

  2. Wow. WOW. What follows is my series of reactions upon first seeing this article and watching the video:

    1. “This has to be an Erin headline. Only she would write that.” (to my utter delight!)

    2. “WTF is even happening on the Today show right now?! I’m so confused, but… happy? I feel lighter.”

    3. “I would go see Ocean’s 8 solely based on this interview. I will think about this the *entire time* I watch it. Everyone else in the theater will wonder why I’m laughing. That will only make it funnier.”

    4. “I’m craving a detailed, play-by-play analysis of this video. It has so many layers – I could watch those two all day and find something new every time.”

    5. “I wish I could distill this video into a spray bottle, whereupon it would act as a ward against cis-hetero-patriarchal nonsense for the rest of Pride month.”

    6. “Is it just me, or is the day a little brighter now? The weather a little nicer? I feel refreshed and ready to face the rest of my day.”

  3. So my brother is convinced that it has been confirmed that Cate’s character is (or was at some point) the girlfriend of Sandra’s character. I told him that as a gay person I find it incredibly hard to believe this is true, Hollywood doesn’t make the lead characters gay. Does anyone know anything about this?!

  4. Erin, I am also thinking about/struggling to get over “quarter of eight.”

    Like, the captioner is obvs not mathematically wrong here, in fact I’m worried about how pleased they may have been with themselves about creating this phrase thinking it was great word play, but it’s ultimately meaningless. Maybe they were going to air the interview at 7:45 so it would also work as a quarter-to-eight pun?

    FYI I think that “pieces of eight” would have been my preferred caption to bring some idiomatic realness to the situation, even if none of these Ocean’s films actually have anything to do with the sea.

    It seems unlikely I’ll get much sleep tonight.

  5. Yesterday when I saw this clip, I thought of Carol, then 30 Days of Carol, then I realized I hadn’t seen an Erin post in over a month! I was going to start some “where’s Melania?” style inquiries. Glad you’re okay.

  6. I was just asking myself yesterday, “WHERE IS ERIN?” I don’t know why I asked myself because clearly I did not have the information I sought. But here you are! And you’ve delivered this absolutely amazing gift unto us all! Bless you.

  7. Amazing. Thanks for the additional coverage of this happening, my favorite moment of gay pride so far.

    I was *sad* back on Wednesday when I thought this video might only get a mention in the pop culture recap, but have had my faith in AS restored with Erin’s top shelf summary.

    I would not say no to a play by play, as the chaos is like Beckett or Joyce. It needs more analysis to be truly appreciated for all that it is

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