Pop Culture Fix: JoJo Siwa Unleashes Her Inner Softball Dyke at the MLB All-Star Game

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One of my favorite things about having any kind of weather in New York City is how everyone acts like they’ve never experienced weather before. Like, “Is that THUNDER?” was trending on Twitter this morning at 5:30 am because it was storming here. You bean brains know it’s thunder! It’s still thunder even in New York City! It never fails to delight me. A special thank you to Valerie Anne for lovingly curating last week’s Pop Culture Fixes in my absence. She is just the best.

+ So I don’t know a whole lot about JoJo Siwa besides the fact that she did Disney, is gay, and has an absolute passion for life that I am drawn to like Chester to Cheetos. But then! This weekend! She played in the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game and I felt a kinship with her that I rarely experience with celebrities. In her first at-bat, she stepped up to the plate against Quavo, and with perfect form, sent an absolute zinger flying over the head of the left fielder. And my god, her face when she took off running. She wanted that inside-the-park homer so bad. She was gritting her teeth, arms flying, alternative lifestyle haircut whizzing behind her like a kite. She held up at third for a quick sec, and then decided “no fuck it” and turned that corner with the force of a lesbian tornado. SHE PUSHED THE BASE COACH OUT OF HER WAY. And then she slid on home — safe! What a glorious dyke!

+ She’s so proud! 🥺

+ Check out the Black American Sign Language representation in Craig of the Creek. This is huge and I cannot wait to watch and — once again — cartoons doing actual diversity storytelling better than anyone.

+ The Daily Beast would like to speak further on that Kim Cattrall lesbian sex scene on Queer as Folk.

+ The BBC is considering finding a new co-production partner to continue making Gentleman Jack.

+ The Sims is getting gayer.

+ Yasmin Finney confirms her Doctor Who character will be trans.

+ The Handmaid’s Tale looking bleak as ever in season five!

+ The Danish drama Borgen lets girlbosses fail — and that’s a good thing.

+ Ms. Marvel has guts: How Disney+’s superhero explored family trauma and India’s Partition.

+ San Diego Comic-Con 2022: all the best panels, trailers, and news to watch out for. “San Diego Comic-Con’s back with a vengeance” is the tagline, and Covid sure will be too when it’s all said and done! (That’s just me; that’s not part of the story.)

+ And here’s an adorable first clip of Billy Porter’s upcoming rom-com, Anything’s Possible.

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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. congrats to jojo siwa on her home run and for being very good at Sports™ also can bad bunny plz get a shoutout for trying his best even tho the one commentator called him “big bunny”?

  2. inside the park homerun!! black ASL!! ms marvel!! truly the round up of my dreams!

    my dad and i buddy-watched ms marvel 1500 miles apart and at least once per episode we’d have to pause to either have a lot of feelings or for one of us to go on a tangent about an easter egg. one of my favorite superhero shows so far

  3. Daria Kasatkina, a Russian tennis player who came out as bisexual last year, did another interview today, in which she discussed being gay* in Russia and wanting the war in Ukraine to stop.

    Writeup in Spanish (Kasatkina trains in Barcelona): https://www.eurosport.es/tenis/daria-kasatkina-se-declara-homosexual_sto9044414/story.shtml

    Subtitled clip discussing Ukraine:

    *I can’t find the full interview or an English-language writeup, so I’m not sure if the gay/bi discrepancy is lazy reporting, imprecise translation, or Kasatkina reconsidering how she labels herself.

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