Pop Culture Fix: On “The 100” Clarke Goes Red and Gets Head From a New Lady In Her Furry Bed

Hello! Welcome to your pop culture fix, a stirring mix of pressing news from the annals of arts and entertainment, gathered for you by me and a bunch of ewoks.

New things for your eyes to see!

+ It’s a new extended trailer for The 100! It looks like Clarke and Lexa will share some intense eye contract and knifeplay, and all the heterosexual couples will definitely kiss for sure.


According to TV Line, the “much-anticipated” Clarke and Lexa reunion “happens under unexpected circumstances, and Clarke isn’t so happy to see Lexa following last season’s betrayal.” According to TV Guide, however, there’s a new woman in Clarke’s life:

After three months living in isolation and in disguise, Clarke will seek solace in the arms of a compassionate, observant – and yeah, pretty sexy – trading post worker. But their dalliance is cut short when members of the Ice Nation arrive hunting down Clarke, who has become a near-mythic figure after the Mount Weather genocide.

But don’t give up, ‘shippers! Clarke will be spending a lot of quality time with Lexa (Alycia Debham-Carey) this season. But as the trailer makes clear, it won’t exactly all be friendly, let alone romantic.

Luckily, a dedicated fan has carefully analyzed the trailer and determined that they are 100% sure the lady Clarke hooks up with will be Niylah, a new grounder character played by Jessica Harmon.


+ New promotional pictures for the return of Pretty Little Liarswhich we really hope will not be as offensive as the Big A Reveal!

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - “Pretty Little Liars” premieres January 12 at 8/7c on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (ABC Family)

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Pretty Little Liars” premieres January 12 at 8/7c on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (ABC Family)

+ A new photo from the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters!


+ Speaking of Kate McKinnon, she apparently appears in the new Tina Fey / Amy Poehler project Sisters as “as one-half of a lesbian couple who provides the party with thudding EDM music.”



+ Our very own Mey Rude spent a day on the set of Transparent and wrote about it for you! Don’t miss it.

+ Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls (MY FAVORITE BAND!) talks to Slate about being on Transparent, and her discourse with creators about how best to represent the Michfest-like festival on screen.

+ The siblings of Transparent talk chemistry and peeing underwater

+ Kathryn Hahn, the woman you thought was Ana Gasteyer, talks to Vulture about her role as Josh’s Rabbi girlfriend.

+ “She is looking around and she is wondering who she is—that investigation into herself is that that is both intellectual and also emotional, and psychological, but also psycho-analytical.” Gabby Hoffman talks to NYLON Magazine about Season Two.

+ Transparent’s 1930s Berlin flashbacks, explained

+ Flavorwire asks Who’s more dysfunctional, the Pfeffermans or the Fishers (of Six Feet Under)? I vote Pfeffermans, have I mentioned yet today that Six Feet Under is the best show ever?

+ How Transparent explores sexual taboos.

Also Relevant to Your Interests

+ The first trans black model had her face on the bottle of Clairol (we also wrote about this woman in our 100+ LGBTQ Black Women you should know post)

+ Congratulations to Jenny’s Wedding for scoring a spot on The AV Club’s Worst Films of 2015!

+ Todd VanDerWeff on “You’re The Worst,” a show that finally understands what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone who has depression. (Even more fun? Relationships with two depressives!)

+ Texts from Carmilla

+ 10 Things You Might Not Know About Samira Wiley: I actually knew all of these things already, I’m not sure what that says about me.

+ 15 Transgender actresses casting directions should consider instead of cis men

+ Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton reunite for Netflix feature film “Divanation”

+ Ruby Rose and Sophie Dahl broke up, sorry!

+ The TV writers of Autostraddle knocked our heads into each other’s heads, took some Aleve, and wrote up The Best LGBT TV Characters of 2015 for you.

+ Mey looks at the Top 11 Times Pop Culture Reminded Us That Kids Are Queer and Trans Too

+ Seven Sisters Music Festival is picking up where Michfest left off by banning trans women who haven’t had gender reassignment surgery from attending the festival. WHAT THE HELL.

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      • I know OCTAVIA MY DARLING CHILD. I have a lot of feelings on the Blakes – there’s just something really amazing about their sibling relationship, and the end to that trailer made me super sad. Of course, knowing Bellamy, he probably did something really dumb and impulsive and Octavia’s wrath.

        Also, for the love of god, stop hurting Raven. Please?

  1. Haven’t had a chance to watch the new season of Transparent yet, but I got to Rabbi Raquel and then my heart started beating faster at the mere thought I’d see her again (If rabbi Raquel is not swoon worthy I don’t know who is) and in this already heightened state I was then informed Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler are getting back together for a movie and I think I just had a heart attack? (yay Diane Keaton, too, I guess, but she’s not my fave sorry Diane)
    What a time to be alive.

    I also love the Indigo Girls, but Riese have you seen an Amy Ray solo show live IT IS MAGICAL you should run not walk if you ever have the chance (I’m sure you already have done this, but just in case not it’s best to be informed I think).

  2. So many good things in this fix!

    A few random comments:

    I’m 100% here for Clarke hooking up with random girls (while I wait for the moment when she’s ready to forgive Lexa – ’cause she has to). Also, can they please stop hurting Raven? PLEASE.

    Jenny’s Wedding totally deserved being on the list of worst films of 2015.

    I loved how they explored Gretchen’s depression on You’re the Worst, it was really well done. And the show has become for sure one of my favorite comedies (well, comedy, this season made me feel all the feels and I cried almost for every episode..).

    • You’re the Worst is SO good – i never see gifs of it on tumblr so am a bit worried it’s not popular enough to get another season but then again that could be a really poor way to judge that sort of thing…especially as it doesn’t have any lesbians and/or superheroes in it.

      • I was thinking the same thing! A couple of months ago I learned how to make gifs and used YTW to practice because it was the only show I watched that seemed not to exist on tumblr. I thought that the problem was mine because on tumblr my dash is made up of basically only gay things, but there isn’t much stuff around on the show in general. It’s a shame.

  3. I don’t know where else to talk about this so I’ll talk about it here:
    I am watching Jenny’s Wedding right now and it is so bad it is just awful. It makes no sense and there is nothing between Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel they don’t even physically touch until the fourth time they are on screen together it makes NO SENSE I HATE IT

  4. I didn’t.hate Jenny’s Wedding. There were some parts I really liked *SPOLIER* Jenny’s mother yelling at her nasty lil friend, at the supermarket for shit talking her daughter.And when her sister was all “Lol Get the fuck out” to her husband. A lot of the parent’s”comments about Jenny hit home because I can definitely see my mom saying them. I’m okay with the fact that the movie was more about Jenny and her family rather than her relationship. I’d have liked more interaction between her and Kitty just to see their dynamic though.

    Overall the movie is pretty forgettable. I didn’t find it as horrible as most people seemed to have. It was just a hard “Meh” for me.

    • I agree with you. It really wasn’t about her relationship with her girlfriend, but more about her relationship with her family and there were some nice moments here and there if you aren’t only focused on the romance part of it.

      However, I would have liked to see a bit more of Jenny and Kitty just because in many scenes Jenny was so angry (with her family) but wasn’t particularly nice to Kitty either.

      A big positive was discover Kristina Train from the soundtrack, though.

      • Yeah! I was gonna comment on her treatment of Kitty but got lazy and hit submit. I can definitely understand why Jenny was lashing out, I think we all can, but I would have liked to see how they resolved it all, especially so close to the wedding. Kitty was incredibly understanding and let it all roll off her back even suggesting that they postpone their wedding because of the tension it caused between Jenny and her family. She was a great partner to Jenny at that time but I’d like to see them talk about how Jenny was acting and for her to have apologized for her behavior. I’d assume that she wasn’t usually like that, just reacting to stress, which isn’t an excuse but I can see myself reacting the way Kitty did if my usually great partner had some unsavory moments. I shouldn’t have to assume that Jenny was usually decent or that Jenny apologized, they dropped the ball on that bit of story telling.

      • Also, though we saw little of Jenny’s relationship dynamic, I love that of all things in the movie, her relationship was the most solid. She was getting married, starting a damn family and living her life no matter what happened with her parents. I liked that there wasn’t a moment of “Will they stay together?!?!” The lesbian relationship was the most set-in-stone part of the movie. I like that.

        And I also liked when she explained that being in the closet kept her from getting close to her sister because she just couldn’t risk it. I hate how being closeted keeps me from the closer relationships I’d like to have with loved ones. For all of the Meh this movie served, the good parts dropkicked me in the heart. I just have so many feelings.

  5. Let’s see if the html session from the Ruby Rose thread paid off, because I just can’t look at Clarke in that red dread wig at all without my mind jumping to this:

    This also means I’m probably the most unenthused lesbian on the planet about that sex scene.
    P.S.:Riese, you’re an artist for that headline.
    P.P.S.: My ipad kept correcting img to OMG. I now feel that my ipad gets me, even if I don’t get code.

  6. I need to stop watching the trailer for The 100 – everytime I watch it I’m both excited beyond words and terrified with a nasty feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. I love it when a TV show can do this!

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