Pop Culture Fix: Kristen Stewart Does Fingerplay With Kate McKinnon In “SNL” Promo and We’re Like, So Gay Dude

Welcome to your weekly pop culture fix!

+ Aha so! It seems that our dearest So Gay friend Kristen Stewart will be bringing some gay attention to Saturday Night Live this weekend and Kate McKinnon has something to say about that:

+ Stumptown has secured a full season pick-up!

+ Emily VanDerWerff on how she’s rethinking her job in 2020: “…what’s interesting to me increasingly isn’t straight-up reviews. It’s much more common for me to be taken with the idea of writing a reported feature, or a critical essay, or something like that. I now prefer to take the long view, and taking a look at my traffic stats, my readers prefer that too.”

+ Jill Soloway will be directing a (lesbian astronaut) Sally Ride biopic for Lionsgate! The film will explore Ride’s life and her 1983 mission on the Challenger space shuttle.

+ Olivia Wilde heard about how Booksmart has been edited for Delta and she is rightfully pissed off:

There are certain words and certain scenes that are cut out, that aren’t the swear words. It’s ‘fuck, fuck, fuck’ all day, but they removed the word ‘masturbation,’ they removed the word ‘vagina.’ So I’m just curious what a woman is supposed to take from that. That it’s an obscenity. That it’s inappropriate.

There’s insane violence of bodies being ripped in half and yet a love scene between two women is censored from the film. It’s such an integral part of the character’s journey. My heart just broke. I don’t understand it. It’s confusing.”

+ Run don’t walk, Australians: Supermarket giant Kmart is selling adorable same-sex family dolls for kids – and they’re almost sold out

+ Tanya Saracho, Mj Rodriguez discuss changing tide for queer Latinos in media

+ Tig Notaro, Wife Stephanie Allynne To Direct Lesbian Coming-Of-Age Film in which “two thirtysomething women who have been best friends their entire lives” have “their friendship is tested when one of the women embarks on a personal journey.”

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  1. Kristen’s last time hosting was epic. I still think of the Totino sketch regularly. I’m happy she was invited back even though last time she said fuckin’ on accident & then quickly improvised that she would never be back due to that lol. “Alessia Cara’s also here and I’ll never come back … so stick around, we’ll be right back!” I’m excited.

    • Bummer that Coldplay is gonna be there. Part of what made the last time Kristen hosted so awesome was the musical guest being female too. And this time they could have gotten a queer female artist and then everybody would be gay!

  2. I’m happy to see Stumptown getting a full season because I’m enjoying it so far. I just hope there’s eventually more bisexual content! I need more than just one reference to a past relationship (or was it just a one-night stand?) with a woman. And I think she also said it was terrible.

    • She did not say was terrible. She called her ex Sarah when she was upset and was trying to hook up with someone, and she mentioned her ex who was a women in a story. You can’t just say you think she said it was terrible when you’re not sure and she didn’t because it gives it a negative rap. She’s bisexual and so far it’s been a pretty positive representation.

      • I must have missed an episode or at least part of an episode because I don’t remember that at all.

        But also, I never said it hadn’t been positive representation. Just that I wanted more. And I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to say I think something happened in an episode of a TV show I watched a month ago even if I’m wrong. I highly doubt anyone saw my comment and said, “I’ll never watch Stumptown because Blackmar said she thinks she remembers something slightly negative!”

        Anyway, looks like next week’s episode is going to focus on her ex so hooray!

        • “I highly doubt anyone saw my comment and said, “I’ll never watch Stumptown because Blackmar said she thinks she remembers something slightly negative!”


          THAT’S exactly what a falsely negative comment could do- that’s why it matters.

  3. The Google news alert I got this morning said “Kate McKinnon Tries to Top Kristen Stewart” and I was just like “I’m too gay for this first thing in the morning, how am I supposed to function now?”

    (Also, apparently Google thinks I always want headlines about Kate McKinnon and it is…not incorrect.)

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