Pop Culture Fix: Kate McKinnon Bids a Tearful, Hilarious Goodbye to SNL

Every time the seasons change, my Long Covid-induced dysautonomia has to readjust to the weather, which causes a couple of weeks of more intense brain fog than usual. This weekend, it was like 100 degrees so I was trying to order four bottles of Gatorade and ended up ordering four 32-packs of Gatorade — so if anyone needs some Lemon-Lime Zero or Glacier Freeze Zero, I’ve got plenty to share! My kitchen looks like a Costco. In the meantime, here’s your Monday Pop Culture Fix!

+ This weekend, Kate McKinnon said goodbye to Saturday Night Live. She laughed, she cried, I have no doubt she’ll go on to make a million movies. Also, I’m sorry, but Natasha Lyonne remains the most confusing straight person I have ever encountered. HOW?

+ The Owl House is becoming a queer-friendly Harry Potter alternative. (I’ve been saying!)

+ Joyland is a daring queer Pakistani drama about desire.

+ Auli’i Cravalho is more than Moana.

+ DeWanda Wise’s pilot is bisexual in Jurassic World Dominion.

+ Love Island says LGBTQ+ contestants bring ‘logistical difficulties’ – Lovestruck High proves that wrong.

+ Thirsty Sword Lesbians won a Nebula Award for best game writing.

+ Fans are hyped for Netflix’s new gay vampire anime.

+ Gentleman Jack’s costumes will feature in a Halifax exhibition about Anne Lister.

+ Jean Smart and the Hacks EPs weigh in on Deborah’s big emotional stand for Ava and that lesbian cruise.

+ How Ellen DeGeneres won and then lost a generation of viewers.

+ The WNBA Player’s Association has doubled down on the call to bring Brittney Griner home.

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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. the alien abduction (and singular near death experience) sketches should go down in sketch comedy history! every single time i watch them is just as funny as the first and it’s 90% kate mckinnon. the other ten is an even split between cecily, aidy, and the host trying desperately not to break

  2. Hey Heather, I’m no Doctor or anything but in the last 3 months I’ve been researching nutrition and health quite intensely and also tried various forms of diets. I’m not gonna recommend any diet as every body is different but the one thing I will suggest is that the one thing that was universal to all diets. If you wanna get rid of your brain fog and help with any autoimmune disease you might wanna cut down on the sugar. Please take this as a friendly advise, what you do with it is up to you. I wish you the best of luck and health regardless :)

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