Pop Culture Fix: Lena Waithe Is Your Therapist Now and Other Invigorating Information

Hey, it’s your weekly Pop Culture Fix! I’ve got some chicken stew simmering; come over and we’ll watch “Pynk” on a loop!

Lena Waithe’s galactic takeover continues! Now she’s Dr. Dana Sole, Nike’s favorite shoe therapist!


You’ve probably heard by now, but Netflix cancelled Everything Sucks. :(

Tig Notaro is heading to Star Trek: Discovery to play Chief Engineer Denise Reno!

Everyone on this website has told you to read Molly Ringwald’s New Yorker essay about growing up in John Hughes movies, but I’m gonna suggest it one last time. It’s really honestly perfect.

So many queer shows have been nominated for Peadbody Awards! The Handmaid’s Tale, One Day at a Time, Insecure, The Good Place! (I’m always beating my Eleanor is bi drum over here.)

Lesbian wrestler Sonya Deville made her debut in a rainbow outfit at WrestleMania 34 over the weekend.

Bust says Hot and Bothered is your new favorite queer comedy web series.

In Kesha’s new video, she covers Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Woman to Love Me” and marries a real-life lesbian couple!

Sandra Oh’s new series, Killing Eve, has been confirmed gay by our own Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya. She’s working on a review for you! In the meantime, I highly recommend this interview in Vulture.

“One thing I will share with you — when I got the script for ‘Killing Eve,’ I remember I was walking around in Brooklyn and I was on my phone with my agent, Nancy. I was quickly scrolling down the script, and I can’t really tell you what I was looking for. So I’m like, ‘So Nancy, I don’t understand, what’s the part?’ And Nancy goes ‘Sweetheart, it’s Eve, it’s Eve.’ In that moment, I did not assume the offer was for Eve. I think about that moment a lot. Of just going, how deep have I internalized this? [So] many years of being seen [a certain way], it deeply, deeply, deeply affects us. It’s like, how does racism define your work? Oh my goodness, I didn’t even assume when being offered something that I would be one of the central storytellers. Why? And this is me talking, right? After being told to see things a certain way for decades, you realize, ‘Oh my god! They brainwashed me!’ I was brainwashed! So that was a revelation to me.”

Are Westworld’s producers going to spoil season two on purpose?

Viceland’s My House is diving into the queer ballroom scene.

Cynthia Nixon’s campaign is selling Unqualified Lesbian buttons.

In Jay-Z’s episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, he opened up about his mom coming out to him.

“I made the song the next day,” he said. “I knew. But this was the first time we had the conversation. And the first time I heard her say she loved her partner. Like, ‘I feel like I love somebody.’ She said, ‘I feel like.’ She held that little bit back, still. She didn’t say, ‘I’m in love.’ She said, ‘I feel like I love someone.’ … I really cried. That’s a real story. I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.”

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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. Waiting on that “Killing Eve” review with bated breath, so don’t take too long. I’m bad at holding my breath.

  2. Both “Star Trek” and “highly capable women” are on my list of favorite things. (Yes, that’s a real list.) This news of ST Discovery and Tig Notaro combines those! Now, if only her character has a cat and does some math, then it’ll be all my favorite things rolled into one. Hot damn.

  3. Cynthia Nixon sold me an unqualified lesbian button!

    Because really.

    Who keeps letting me out of my house??

  4. let’s have an Eleanor is bi drum circle!

    (i love that jameela jamil is the number one eleanor/tahani shipper)

  5. Literally gonna find a way to circumvent US campaign finance laws in order to get a bunch of those buttons! If Cynthia’s administration ends up getting taken down by an investigation into how a bunch of Canadian lesbians illegally funded her campaign and got her elected, you can blame me!!!

  6. i just donated $5 to the cynthia nixon campaign for an “unqualified lesbian” button. i neither live in new york nor know much about cynthia nixon. i guess i really am an unqualified lesbian!

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