No Filter: Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor Have Killed Me and I Am Dead Now, Goodbye

Good evening and welcome back to No Filter, a once-weekly guide to the week in queer celebrity Instagram. We have some urgent new business to attend to:


What if this whole column is just dedicated to Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monáe now? It feels like it’s been a natural progression.


Demi, I see you and your weird product placement and I’m not even mad at it. Oh, while we’re at it we should check in with Kehlani, her tour mate…

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I feel calmer already.

Love it when a bunch of nerds get together to celebrate esteemed multi-hyphenate Brittani Nichols.

I honestly don’t like to include pictures I am in for No Filter because it’s against a personal code of conduct I invented for myself but hey, here I am, being that douchebag. Back story: we were at a vegan restaurant, our waitress was cute and these jerks were pushing me to try to talk to her. Mara asked her if she was really vegan or if she just worked there. She told us, “I swing both ways.” Gaby jumped right in with, “You’ve come to the right table.” I died of embarrassment and disappeared into a poof of smoke. Anyway, I’m always looking for excuses to put Mara Wilson in this column so here’s Mara Wilson, noted bisexual Janelle Monáe enthusiast.

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🍊rip lil belt (I sneezed and broke it)

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Normally a photo like this wouldn’t qualify for this column because it is not a camera phone picture, but I cannot improve upon the caption so here we are.

This picture made me want to smack the person next to me, but I was alone so instead I actually shouted, “SHUT THE FUCK UP” to no one.

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I get by with a little help from my friends.

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Honestly the Vanity Fair Oscar party is the stuff of dreams and – oh, is that Janelle again? It’s Janelle again.

Weaponry expert Jenny Owen Youngs gives us a simple lesson in knife appreciation.

Join us next week, when Jenny will walk us through basic archery.

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  1. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor are real life Mommi and Daddy and no one will ever convince me otherwise.

  2. Stef, you’re not on a mission to save the world; you’re causing a damn apocalypse.

    • Then we’ll just have to dance apocalyptic and really, really have to thank Stef for dancing with us til the end.

  3. Janelle’s tailored red outfit and her expression! *swoooooon*

    Danielle on a bike hanging out with Samira *double swooooooon*

    Kehlani – sooooo thirsty

    Sarah and Holland…a Dutch treat to last us from May through December


    I’m still trying to recover, it’s ok, it’s going to be ok.

    I’m not ok.

  5. 1. I love Holland Taylor’s suit, amazing.

    2. Lena Waithe’s instagram photo and group is perfection.

  6. i saw that sarah/holland pic on instagram last night and immediately closed my phone and went to bed so it would be my last memory

  7. After my divorce, Paulson & Taylor have been my consolation. If it can happen to Holland Taylor, it can happen to me, right? Even if I have to wait a couple of decades <3

  8. How can one run into Mara Wilson and/or Stef around town? I once ran into Leisha Hailey once(after the season Dana passed away, really wanted to ask her why but instead just said HI awkwardly) and I am still talking about it. lol

  9. I got to see Samira Wiley and Danielle Brooks at Mardi Gras! It was amazing and unexpected and Danielle even waved at me :D

    • She what?! :o I nearly died when I saw them!! Danielle was stunning as always and Samira looked SO GAY. My tiny queer heart could not cope <3

  10. IMPT No Filter addition: Lauren Abedini and Hayley Kiyoko went to support their gal pals Demi Lovato and Kehlani at their concert in LA last week!

  11. This week’s No Filter has made me self-combust. It’s impossible to read this and be discrete at work Halp.

  12. IIRC, I saw the Sarah/Holland pic and yelled WHAT THE FUCK at no one, so. We’re on the same page.

    Unrelatedly, I laugh every time I see pictures of DeRay Mckesson wearing the Iconic Blue Vest over something it doesn’t really pair with. That tux is probably the pinnacle.

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