Pop Culture Fix: Interviewer Thinks Cara Delevingne Needs To “Take A Little Nap” And Other Less Infuriating Stories

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The Tevee

+ NBC has decided to stage another live musical for TV, but this time it’s going be hella rad because it’s The Wiz and it’s going to co-star Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige, who will play the Wiz and the Wicked Witch, respectively. It’s all happening on Dec. 3, just in time for Christmas, because Santa Claus loves us.

+ At Netflix’s TCA presentation yesterday, the main thing was “we’re doing it better than anyone, duh” and also, “like you, we want more Arrested Development.” They’re going to have to duke it out with Scandal for Portia de Rossi; she was promoted to series regular in May.

+ Speaking of Netflix, there’s about a billion Orange Is the New Black season three think pieces on the internet right now, but I’m really into Casey Cipriani‘s IndieWire one about how OITNB highlights the way almost all religions fail women.

The trouble for these women is that far too many of the world’s religions consider them daughters of Eve, born of Adam’s rib and his natural subordinate, rather than those of Lilith, the mythological first woman who was created of the same Earth as Adam and was either cast out of or voluntary left Eden after refusing to be subservient to Adam. The show seems to be presenting the idea that religion has been a hurdle for these women in their past lives; for some it was even the thing that landed them in federal prison.

For many, their religion turned their backs on them, so they’ve turned their backs on their religion and look elsewhere while inside for spiritual growth. This reflects the true reality of many inmates who convert or find a new religion while incarcerated, but in a series that prides itself on its depiction of diverse women from multiple backgrounds, more often than not, their religion failed them. This is not only true for women in prison; news stories about how various religions oppress women around the world surface every day.

+ Tig Notaro landed herself an Amazon pilot!

+ MTV has renewed Scream for a second season already; here’s hoping Audrey makes it through the first season!

+ Wanda Sykes was amazing on Jane Lynch‘s Emmy-nominated Hollywood Game Night this week.

+ And so was Rosie O’Donnell. (She’s playing my second favorite Rosie character on The Fosters right now; she’s so good. Second favorite after Doris in A League of Their Own, obviously.)

+ Raven thinks Caitlyn Jenner is moving “too fast, too soon.”

The Moovies

+ Jenny’s Wedding (aka Rory Gilmore and Izzie Stevens Big Day) opens in select theaters this weekend. Am I going to review it for you? Yes, I am.

+ Judy Greer is happy she made out with Lily Tomlin in Grandma. In an interview with Out magazine:

You’ve never played an LGBT character before, right?
I’m going to say you’re right, but I might look back later and be like, “Oh, but I did do that.” Though my role in Grandma is super “out,” in terms of making out with a woman — which is awesome. Especially when the woman is Lily Tomlin.

She also says she never has to pay for drinks in gay bars, for which she is eternally grateful.

+ (Lily Tomlin is nominated for an Emmy already this year for Grace and Frankie, and there’s Oscar buzz for Grandma as well. If anyone deserves to EGOT, it’s Tomlin!)

The Sportz

+ Megan Rapinoe was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sport Hall of Fame this week!

+ Minnesota Lynx superstar Seimone Augustus wrote a beautiful thing about marriage equality and her wife for The Players Tribune. You’ll cry if you read it, I promise.

The first year in our relationship, I had to go overseas to play in Russia during the WNBA offseason. It was terrible. I was in a foreign country by myself, didn’t speak the language, couldn’t navigate Moscow and hated the food. I was miserable. The second year, LaTaya came with me. She found her way around the city immediately — how to get to the gym, the grocery store, the clubs. She went out with my teammates and really immersed herself in this new life. I wasn’t miserable anymore. Sure, it’s hard to travel across the world to live in a place with so many fundamental cultural differences, but when you fall in love, home is found in a person, not a city. Moscow felt like home because she did.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne went on Good Morning Sacramento to promote Paper Towns and the news anchors were so horrible it took me like 15 minutes to watch this whole clip. They told her to go “take a little nap.” And then when her satellite feed was gone, one of the guys was like, “She was in a mood!” Between this and that Vogue guy mansplaining her bisexuality to her, I wouldn’t blame her for never doing another interview again! Anyway, here’s the clip; prepare to be bamboozled.


Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer 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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  1. Had to come back and comment as the papers from this side of the pond are coming out in support of Cara, and her statement that the Anchors didn’t understand her brand of British Humour/Sarcasm. Some outlets are saying the anchors were rude to her. Have to say she seemed to me to be reacting with typically dry humour to what were patronising questions. She could have been far ruder. Good for her, why should she be constantly bubbly? Because the Patriarchy says so? She’s paid to be interviewed not to be the idea of perfect vapid shiny female servitude grateful to be asked moronic questions like did you read the book, appalling. It’s a combination of the questions asked and the tone of them, and then the rudeness at the end. They obviously wanted a Stepford wife to interview, and didn’t get one.
    For the record I’m not really into Cara, not a huge fan, I’m just done with the way she’s been treated by the media lately. I respect the hell out of her full eyebrow choice though. This sarcastic Brit salutes her.

  2. Those news anchors were definitely rude to Cara. They seemed to be trying to provoke a certain type of response from her and got mad when she didn’t take the bait. It reminds me of that famous news clip with the anchors similar to this that did an interview with Ryan Lochte and mocked his stupidity endlessly after talking to him. Is Ryan the brightest bulb, no? But you don’t have to be such gross assholes about it to your viewers immediately after speaking to him. It was so mean-spirited that I was shocked by it and I don’t even like the guy.

  3. From my point of view it seemed like Cara has a hilarious personality full of flat Brit humour. They were so off base and obviously humourless to not find her responses funny. Just can not believe how rude they were.

  4. I honestly feel like they didn’t know their questions were dumb, like their feelings were really hurt because they didn’t even realize that what they consider joking was actually rude and awkward. That dude who wanted everyone to be peppy looked like his eyelids are sewn open, that lady in the middle is clearly one of those women who thinks she’s “not like other girls”, and that dude on the right was just a fucking mess. They’re just mad because they tried it and she carried them

  5. fossil media from ice age can’t take a grasp at women like CARA falling in love with other women.. tolerable to have a drunken lesbian kiss in a bar and have paparazzi photos but to have a relationship and speak about it in the interviews.. hmm.. career death sentence?

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