No Filter: Samira Wiley Is King of the Mountain

Welcome back to No Filter, a gathering of the week’s best posts in queer celebrity Instagram. This week, I was really excited because Evan Rachel Wood posted a video of herself witnessing her own name as an answer in a game of Heads Up (her clue was, “You’re looking at her right now!”), but then she unceremoniously deleted the post, as though she had been attempting to sabotage this column and its livelihood.

Yvonne wanted to make sure you guys knew about this VERY important shirt Ingrid Nilsen is rocking these days.

Hey guys! I finally saw The Meg and Ruby Rose was better than I thought she would be in it. Here she is with one of the four(? unless you count the shark) female characters in the whole movie. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty reasonably sure that at no point does any of them talk to one another about anything other than a man; I’m not sure Ruby Rose’s character Jax even talks to another woman throughout the entire film? I am 100% behind Ruby as an action star.

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I am still trying to comprehend what happened last night. YOU ALL WON US A MOON PERSON. Like. When they gave this to me I couldn’t formulate words properly so I need to take a moment to thank you. This isn’t about a trophy. It’s about representation and opportunity. And I wanna thank everyone who has been along on this journey with me from the beginning. Every single video, every single fan, every single friend, thank you. To everyone out there who’s striving and working to achieve their dreams .. this is proof that every time someone tells you no because your not straight enough, masculine enough, feminine enough, or simply that you are just not enough, you are more than enough. And you can do this. So keep going. This is dedicated 100% to my fans. I love you. I AM FREAKING OUT

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Hayley Kiyoko won a moon man and is losing her GODDAMN MIND.
Um, I don’t know the entire movie Waiting to Exhale by heart or anything, it’s fine. I WATCH THAT MOVIE EVERY TIME I HAVE A BREAKUP AND I AM NOT OK.


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Wedding 🍺 Tasting > Wedding 🍰 Tasting

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Probably the rudest thing people can do is post about their wedding specifically to people they’re not planning to invite, so I can only assume I’m being invited to Stephanie Beatriz’s wedding to try all these beers…?

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📸 @thealfieshow

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Sometimes during a rough week it helps just to know Samira Wiley is out there sitting on a rock. Shout out to the person who commented, “So glad u didn’t actually die,” which I’m sure was reassuring for Samira to read.
This is just so gay that I need to take a minute to breathe.

Excuse me, what’s going on HERE? Are Shane, Bette and Alice having another spiritual awakening? Does it involve Yoplait?
Brittani Nichols seems to have paused her routine of going to a different twee wedding every weekend and appears to have changed her plans to attending different curated dinners instead?

Join us next week for tea and an entire thesis on Waiting to Exhale, the most important film of our time.

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Stef Schwartz is a founding member and the self-appointed Vapid Fluff Editor at She currently resides in New York City, where she spends her days writing songs nobody will ever hear and her nights telling much more successful musicians what to do. Follow her on twitter and/or instagram.

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  1. Samira… Lena… just… I’m fine! Really, I’m fine! I promise. Whew.

    (Stef I also *love* Waiting to Exhale! It’s an absolute classic.)

  2. how do you think The Meg would have been if Ruby Rose’s character Jax were instead played by Jax from Vanderpump Rules. just something fun to think about

    • i’ve never seen vanderpump rules but i think anybody could have played jax’s character, the character could have been played by the shark.
      i do want you to see the meg though so i have somebody to talk about the meg with since nobody else is ever going to see this silly movie, not even my friend meg who keeps taking pictures in front of the posters.
      the meg!!!

  3. Also now every time I go hiking I will carry the magical possibility in my mind that maybe Samira Wiley is hanging out on a rock just around the next corner.

    • That is a very good point. On one hike I took a few years back I bumped into a local youtube celeb just around the corner. So, it’s very possible one of us could bump into her.

  4. Also Stef…Evan Rachel Wood’s post was set to self-destruct once you saw it, not as sabotage, but because really it was for your eyes only.

  5. Hayley Kiyoko is an adorable princess and I am so happy for her!

    I also love(d) Waiting to Exhale. Pretty sure I still have some songs from the soundtrack on my phone.

    Amandla Stenberg and King Princess are the cutest lil gaybies.

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