Pop Culture Fix: Geez, This Kate Winslet Lesbian Dinosaur Movie Is Making Straight People Mad!

It’s the Pop Culture Fix of the week! I have a cold and am about to spend six hours writing about pubic hair lockets doped up on Nyquil. Look forward to that in your Twitter feed soon!


+ Remember that Kate Winslet paleontology movie I told you about a hundred years ago back in December? Well, it started getting attention a few weeks ago in Mary Anning’s hometown and a lot of people are not happy with the lesbian love story, including some of Anning’s family. But director Frances Lee doesn’t give a fork. (Also please meet this 11-year-old girl whose hero is Mary Anning and she’s convinced her hometown to put up a statue!)

+ Killing Eve has already been renewed for season three!

+ Ryan Murphy is making The Prom into a musical for Netflix.

+ The cast of The Bold Type chatted with MTV about the new season, including some Kadena feelings.

+ Jasika Nicole is on the latest episode of The Advocate’s LGBTQpod talking about racism, misogyny, and homophobia in Hollywood.

+ SPEAKING OF PODCASTS: TO L AND BACK IS HERE.

+ Guess what show made Ilene Chaiken want to reboot The L Word. (Spoiler Alert: It’s The Handmaid’s Tale.)

+ Younger will be back in June 12.

+ Jill Gutowitz just rewatched that Naomi Watts Netflix show so many of y’all loved so much and wrote about it and it made me laugh.

+ And here is the official trailer for Kristen Stewart’s J.T. LeRoy movie.

+ Get an early look at season two of Lena Waithe’s The Chi. Also, buzz for her new film, Queen & Slim, is growing.

+ Also have a trailer for season three of Claws!

+ Sara Gilbert is leaving The Talk.

+ Pose, which was just nominated for a Peabody Award, is coming back — and in the ’90s — on June 9. The actors are out and about doing amazing publicity to get everyone hyped.

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle managing editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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18 Comments

  1. I am really hyped about the Mary Anning getting an apocryphal girlfriend in her film, despite some articles from queer women moaning about it.

    It seems like it’s only fair that we start getting gaywashing to counteract all the years of straightwashing, yes?

  2. Tracy Chevalier (author of Girl with a Pearl Earring) wrote an historical fiction novel about Mary Anning called Remarkable Creatures. I read it several years ago and remember reading Mary & Elizabeth as queer, even though according to the summary on Amazon there’s a heterosexual love triangle situation that I legit do not remember AT ALL.

    Straight people like to believe that queer people didn’t exist prior to 1969 but I for one am so glad there are filmmakers like Frances Lee who don’t give a fork and will give us these stories any way.

    • I have a vague memory of so reading a novel like that and reading them as queer too. (I know nothing about archeology and am not very knowledgeable about historical figures, yet this story seems familiar and I think it’s from a novel).

  3. I have been the biggest friggin cheerleader for The Prom since seeing the tryout in Atlanta (twice) and I’m so proud of them and so excited for all the baby gays who need it right now the way I needed it as a teenager – especially since I was a teenager (in a very conservative and homophobic homeschool group) when Constance McMillen was making headlines that would later inspire the musical. I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS 😭😍 and also it’s an excellent and hilarious show with fantastic music and some of my favorite Broadway performers who I got to meet after the show, nbd

    • … I am a tiny bit anxious that Ryan Murphy is the one doing it but I’m putting that in a corner and not talking about it and just being extremely excited for the show because they deserve all my enthusiasm!!

  4. I really didn’t think you could top putting Saoirse’s face over Leo’s, but Kate and a brontosaurus making eyes at each other is another level.

    May this movie continue to bring out your most inspired photoshopping.

  5. Soooo, have you watched In the Dark on CW?

    It’s…I’m not sure if it’s disability p*rn or if it’s trying to be the opposite, but the lesbian character? She’s kind of awesome and gets a very genuine subplot in the second episode, plus has a great girlfriend.

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