Pop Culture Fix: Poussey and Taystee Reunite Forever in San Junipero

So much happened while our entire staff was away at A-Camp. I walked into the Variety Night of a Thousand Varieties on Friday and Kayla thrust her phone at me like, “Did you see this The L Word reunion business?!” And plus, even more important than that rumored resurrection, is the one shared by Taystee and Poussey in San Junipero that also happened without our knowledge!



There’s a little bit of new footage for Orange is the New Black‘s upcoming season in Netflix’s summer series trailer. (Trigger warning: The 100.)

+ The key art for Wynonna Earp’s second season is here!

+ Ellen is the latest high profile comedian to sign on for a Netflix special.

“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”

+ Jessica Capshaw talked to Yahoo! Style about her forever love for Arizona Robbins, and about how her on-screen relationship with Callie happened.

“[Shonda Rhimes] called me into her office and she was really direct. She was like, ‘I want you to stay for another episode, and in the next episode, you’re going to kiss Callie,’” Capshaw tells Yahoo Style, referring to her former onscreen partner played by Sara Ramirez. ‘I’m game to try stuff. So I was like, ‘Yeah. OK!’”

+ Hulu’s Casual will feature seven women directors this season, including Carrie Brownstein.

+ Here’s the trailer for Queen Sugar’s second season!

+ I know it’s not gay or anything but I’m still really hyped to hear Lin Manuel-Miranda’s gonna be in the new Duck Tales!


+ Carrie Fisher’s last Star Wars photoshoot landed on Vanity Fair yesterday and crushed my heart into dust.

+ Alamo Drafthouse is doing a special Wonder Woman screening for women only, and guess who’s pissed about it? Yep, it’s men!

+ This Wired piece on the cult of Carol fandom is ridiculous but I’m never going to pass up a chance to talk about Carol.

Queer Humans, Out and About

+ The DNC’s new CEO is a lezzzzbian.

+ New York Magazine wonders if girl-on-girl kissing is still shocking on Broadway.

+ Here’s your first look at Gillian Anderson as David Bowie on American Gods.

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  1. I got to this quote in Vanity Fair’s in-depth Last Jedi article…

    “‘She was having a blast,’ said Kennedy. ‘The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, “I’d better be at the forefront of IX!” Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.'”

    …before I lost it at work and had to go to the bathroom to cry.

  2. In kind of related note is shows crossing-over(or whatever the term is when two different shows are set in the same universe and their characters meet/cross paths) going to be a new thing for Netflix? They had a really quick scene in the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt where it crosses with Orange is the New Black(and it answers even less questions about a certain queer character we never see but wondered who she is when season 1 came out). I am all for it, if it’s done well.

    • There’s an article on EW where the Kimmy Schmidt team said they approached OITNB’s creator to allow for a small cameo. Netflix had no real part in the crossover other than owning both shows. They were given a list of available actors by the OITNB team, chose the specific actor because they had previously worked on 30 Rock and were told not to write in anything that would impair the upcoming storylines.

      • That is interesting, I don’t remember the episode she was on, but will have to try to find it. I personally thought it was a nice bonus, and really has me wanting to see the new season despite what happened. I wonder if Kimmy’s friend will have a cameo in the new season of OITNB or even a quick mention of her in like a comedic manner.

  3. OITNB stuff made me all full of rage (because I don’t think I will ever get over the senselessness of Poussey’s death last season).

    Then that Carrie Fisher Star Wars article ripped my soul to pieces.

    Now I’m crying, but I don’t know if they’re angry tears or sad tears.

  4. Gillian Anderson as David Bowie? Jesus, Mary and Joseph! And the donkey, the sheep, the manger…

    • Sold out! According to their Facebook page, the Alamo Drafthouse is working on adding additional “women-only” screenings to meet demand.

  5. I haven’t re-watched Queen Sugar‘s first season since it aired last year and I somehow forgot how stunning that show always is…the cinematography takes my breath away. I can’t wait for the season premiere on June 20th.

    If you’re interested in checking out Queen Sugar, OWN’s doing a mini-marathon of the show on Memorial Day (alternately, you can always watch it on Hulu).

    Speaking of Hulu, the streaming service is now the online home to the Starz network’s hit show, Power. The first two seasons are available now and the third–which features Anika Noni Rose as a lesbian cop–will be added later this year.

  6. When I saw that Taystee and Poussey video I was cheering with excitement it was so awesome but I couldn’t help but think Taystee looked familiar aside from being a Yorkie Doppleganger and then it hit me, if you’ve ever seen the Mike Myers version of Cat in the Hat he does a skit where he plays an infomercial guy but it was sweater, bad blonde wig and glasses.

    On a different sadder note, any Call the Midwife fans watching the current series? Well it looks like Emerald Fennell and Kate Lamb aka Patsy and Delia have decided to move on to other projects and won’t be back next series. So the last time we saw them in the finale is the last time we will see them.

    • What? Got any sources on that? Call the Midwife is my jam, and to see Patsy and Delia leave would break my heart :'(

      Although I hope they’d finally progress on the option of Trix becoming a doctor!

      • a couple of UK sources broke the story, and I think both actors confirmed on twitter. BUT it’s open ended enough that they could be back for series 8 or 9, just not 7 (which is well under way filming right now).

  7. I find it very curious that OITNB continues to get the benefit of the doubt at the same time that we are literally getting trigger warnings for any mention of the 100.
    Riese made a good case for how boycotting OITNB is harmful to Autostraddle, and I don’t think boycotting it should necessarily be the only approach. But I also find it really inconsistent to see so many queer people arguing that we should keep watching OITNB on account of all the other queer characters and because it has a bisexual protagonist, when the 100 still has a bisexual protagonist of its own. The 100 arguably spent more time developing Lexa’s character and relationship than OITNB did with Poussey, who was only given a love interest right before she died and who was killed despite the actress wanting to stay on the show. I know that the 100 fucked up big time in multiple ways, but when I compare fan responses to each of these deaths it just doesn’t make sense to me.

      • Understood, but it speaks to the way in which we now avoid and tip toe around any mention of the 100…

        • That was the joke, actually. I guess it didn’t translate. I was trying to be silly and winky. I’m sorry it didn’t come across like that.

  8. Well this post was a rollercoaster of emotions.. tears, frustration, and then elation and joy. Currently re-watching X-Files and all I can say is wow how did 13 year old me not realize how gay I was for Scully?

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