No Filter: Stars – They’re Just Like Us

Welcome to our second weekly intallment of No Filter. Each week, we’ll compile a collection of Instagram posts from the most important queer (or queer-ish) celebrities we can think of, and we’ll dissect said images over tea (or lemonade if you prefer). Will this be the week that Kristen and Alicia start a totally gross joint account and post simultaneous softly-lit pictures of each other from across the breakfast nook? Well, no, but there’s always next week.

Firstly, we need to address something which did not happen this week and did not happen on Instagram but is nonetheless very important to our community: recent revelations regarding Gillian Anderson and Cate Blanchett‘s sexual histories. The following photograph was taken at a time when the Internet was not what it is today, a time before ubiquitous camera phones and social media updates — a simpler time. Learning that both of these heroic ladies have spoken out about having past relationships with women validates every feeling I’ve ever had about them, which leads us to Exhibit A:

Could it be?!?!?!?

Could it be?!?!?!?

If there is even a ghost of a possibility that Galadriel and Agent Scully made out even once, the entire vapid fluff team at Autostraddle dot com are going to explode.

Anyway. Instagram!



They are just so painfully Canadian sometimes.


They’ve been singing “Pinot Noir” in their own heads ad nauseam for about a month now, like the resplendent Laverne Cox.
They collect snacks. Hi Kreayshawn. We see you.

They honor their heroes – dream date Miley Cyrus posted this clip from her backyard session with Melanie Safka, my dad’s favourite singer. Miley made headlines a couple of years back doing a cover of Safka’s “Look What They’ve Done To My Song,” but I’d be down for a clip of the two performing “Brand New Key” or even “I Don’t Eat Animals.”


While we’re at it, how fucking cute is Laura Jane Grace playing “True Trans Soul Rebel” with Miley? If you told me seven years ago that one day Miley would be singing backup on an Against Me! song, I don’t think I’d have believed you. Miley thinks Laura Jane Grace is a badass – she’s just like us.

They have heart-eyes feelings about Danielle Brooks (Nneka Onuorah, speaking for us all).
They’re useless when it comes to feeding themselves. Taylor Swift, do you belong in this column? We’re putting you here. Welcome.

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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. Are those peace signs they’re flashing? Deuces? or just two incredible scissors waiting to join together?

  2. I knew there was a reason that my favorite scene in Fellowship of the Rings was the scene with Cate Blanchett as Galadriel. Life has been affirmed.

    Me: “This is my favorite scene! Just wait for this”
    *scene happens, I am left starry eyed*
    Friend: “Wait… why is this your favorite scene? It’s super lame.”
    Me: “Ummm… I don’t know.”
    Friend: “Is it because you think she is pretty?”
    Me: *silence* (Most definitely)

  3. Can I just say how happy it makes me that Danielle Brooks and her previously not talked about girlfriend Nneka were featured in TWO back-to-back Autostraddle articles today??

    I’ve been casually following them on instagram for a while now, and they are the most adorable! Definitely a favorite celebrity queer couple of mine.

    (Also, gotta mention the cover photo of them having a picnic with RAVEN and AZ MARIE so much beautiful queer women of color goodness in one picture!!!)

  4. Still freaking out about the Danielle Brooks girlfriend situation. I love vapid fluff!

  5. I had not heard even a tiny bird’s word about Ms. Danielle and her girlfriend. I was sitting here just :-o, mouth open, eyes blinking, and my mind just asking questions like, “What? What. WHAT?? What…? What!”

    #notthestraightbff #greatnews #thanksautostraddle

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