Welcome to your weekly Pop Culture Fix! I’m coming to you from Midwest A-Camp; in fact, I’m sitting in an actual room with Yvonne and Rachel and Laneia! Tomorrow is pre-camp and also potentially a trip to a place called Elegant Farmer where we’ll eat fresh pies and cheese curds and maybe pick our own apples from the trees. Miss you, wish you were here.
One of the weirdest things that happened in Monday night’s presidential debate was Donald Trump dragging Rosie O’Donnell into a conversation about how he treats women like garbage, which further illustrated Hillary Clinton’s point that he treats women like garbage. He was rehashing as a strategy that worked out well for him in the GOP primary when Megyn Kelly called him out on his general sexism — “You’ve called women you don’t like, fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” — and he responded with, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” The line got huge laughs and applause. Near the end of Monday night’s debate, Hillary was calling him out in the same way and he tried it again; only this time, the audience remained silent, and Twitter went to bat on Rosie’s behalf.
— Madonna (@Madonna) September 27, 2016
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) September 27, 2016
Doubling down on @Rosie???? Are you kidding me??
Omg damn he just slammed Rosie wtf?!
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 27, 2016
One thing you’re going to want to revisit is Riese’s piece from last August, “Donald Trump’s Rosie O’Donnell Jab Wasn’t Just Sexist, It Was Homophobic, Too.”
+ Now that American Horror Story is back on our screens and Sarah Paulson is fresh off her Emmy win, everybody wants a minute with her. Entertainment Weekly got one! They asked her to pick the weirdest of the six seasons of AHS she’s starred in, and she says it’s Roanoke, the one that’s airing now: “There’s nothing extreme about her except for the situation that she’s in. So that is weirdly the weirdest thing I’ve ever done on American Horror Story.”
+ Tonight’s Modern Family will feature a trans child actor. According to Variety:
In the upcoming episode — entitled “A Stereotypical Day” — parents Cameron “Cam” (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) permit their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to have her transgender friend Tom over for a play-date. Both parents are filled with pride that they have done well in raising an accepting and open-minded child. But that pride quickly diminishes when Lily insults her friend, which they use as a teachable moment.
+ Apparently the new animated film Storks, which pulled down $21 million at the box office last weekend, features two gay couples in “a fast-moving montage.” A pair of dudes and a pair of gal pals and the stork brings both of them babies. Despite their very near invisibility (apparently the simple act of blinking might cause you to miss them), some Christian families are freaking out about whether or not to let their kids see the movie. Although, as Christian Examiner notes, pretty soon families who don’t want their kids to have knowledge of gay people are going to be stuck inside their homes forever.
+ The Daily Beast says The Handmaiden is “a lesbian erotic thriller” and “the sexiest film of the year.” I’ll see it at NewFest in October and let you know if that’s true.
+ Amandla Stenberg landed the lead role in Fox’s adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s YA trilogy, Darkest Minds.
Minds is set after a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some survivors develop various superpowers, they are deemed too dangerous for society, taken from their families and placed inside internment camps. The first book tells of Ruby Daly, a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes her camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government.