Pop Culture Fix: Lena Waithe Continues Her Quest For Global Domination

Welcome to the first pop culture fix after Petra Solana became a confirmed bisexual. The sun’s shining a little brighter this week. 

The Annihilation premiere was last night and there was some serious gal palin‘ goin’ on on that red carpet.

Aubrey Plaza picked her five favorite comedies for The A.V. Club.

If you haven’t watched the new season of One Day at a Time yet, now’s your moment. (Plus you’ll get to read Carmen’s review and interview with her mama.)

Ryan Murphy inked a huge new deal with Netflix. (Hem hem.)

Over at Buzzfeed Baylea Jones writes “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Butch?,” a retrospective on all the butch lesbians we’ve lost on TV in recent years.

Until this point, television has given us a very limited definition of butchness and assigned-female masculinity. Tig, Rhea, Cameron, Devon, Poussey, and Denise are authentically “butch” characters, but each of them are butch in their own way. Devon and Rhea blur the line between the binary, even existing outside of it; Tig, comfortable in her skin, effortlessly alternates between tailored blazers and dressing like a teenager; Denise is the definition of dapper; and Cameron gifted the world a truly remarkable side mullet (RIP). But these very different characters have a couple other things in common: all of them were played by queer actors, and there’s a high chance that none of them will be onscreen again in 2018.

Lena Waithe’s “Twenties” is finally getting a pilot on TBS!

ABC cancelled Once Upon a Time right when they were getting serious about lesbians. (Supposedly.)

TV Guide wonders if Ava has a crush on Sara on Legends of Tomorrow. Valerie Anne does not wonder and will in fact be writing about it for this very website page.

Your pal Carly Usdin is one of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women selections for 2018-2019! You can find out more about helping her create her new short film, Muscle Memory, right here.

Some more Scandal/HTGAM crossover photos, which I will present in the following order due to: I am a Mellie/Olivia shipper and I won’t apologize for it.

At Variety: Sara Gilbert on Life After ‘Roseanne,’ Guiding the Reboot and the Upcoming ‘Living Biblically’

At The Atlantic: The Out Olympics

This is one feud I cannot handle!

That’s all for today. Let’s meet back here next week to discuss how Black Panther smashed all the box office records!

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. OHMIGOSH…I had not seen those pics from the HTGAWM/Scandal crossover!

    Mellie looks like she’s just met some new prey–Mellie putting her hand over Annalise’s is such a warm gesture–and Olivia is so clearly jealous of the new girl. This is just delicious fanfiction waiting to happen.

  2. EXCELLENT work Heather Hogan! Perfect mix of headlines and snark.

    (You would not believe how excited I am for the Scandal/ HTGAWM crossover event!!!!!!! You. Would. Not. Believe. It.)

    Y’all, this whole roundup is my happy place.

  3. WeRateDog’s used a picture of Dooce’s dog, the late, great Chuck as the account’s avatar without asking. So I saw that tweet and thought, “eh, karma.”

    Thanks for the reminder to watch one day at a time!

  4. ONCE UPON A TIME! I’ve been following this train wreck for the last 5 YEARS OF MY LIFE! And now! They finally have half-decent lesbians on there! And it’s cancelled! #OnceUponATime’sUpBitch

  5. That Sara Gilbert article made me actually interested in watching the Roseanne reboot. I feel weirdly proud of her success because I watched her grow up on the original, so she’s like my successful, younger cousin.

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