Pop Culture Fix: Some Lesbians Kind of Maybe Kissed a Little Bit in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Happy imaginary week that hardly exists because it’s a whole bunch of holidays spread out over multiple weekend! Here are the meager queer pop culture offerings!

+ I guess The Rise of Skywalker had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it background kiss between two women? But! It was gay enough to get banned in Singapore. Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac also thinks Poe and Finn were in love. For real, though, what’s keeping Hollywood from putting gay people in franchise blockbusters? Hey and: 15 women who should direct a Star Wars.

+ The 40 queerest movie moments of 2019.

+ How gay couples in TV commercials became a mainstream phenomenon.

+ Jacqueline Toboni on starring in the The L Word reboot.

+ If you missed Lizzo on SNL, you should rectify that immediately.


+ And again.


+ Lena Waithe will receive the Creative Impact in Producing Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival as part of Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch brunch. 

+ The L Word left West Hollywood. Here are the sequel’s new haunts.

+ Dogs review Cats.

+ Everyone is growing up fast on Steven Universe Future

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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. That kiss was so fast! I was all like “did I just see what I think I saw? I did! I did see a lesbian space kiss!”

  2. Those Lizzo performances are great.

    As for L Word leaving WeHo it’s great to show off more of the city(thankfully not filmed in Vancouver again). But, the thing is Echo Park/Silverlake area is a hotbed of gentrification & I’ve met a few qpoc who aren’t happy with it due to an increase in rent & some people aren’t respectful of their culture. On the other hand, I am glad for the next season they plan to include the real Planet, Cuties coffee. Maybe I’ll run into Alice again on the street & this time say hello to her.

  3. the kiss was lame and barely registered in my brain. (though i think some kid went “eww” during it at my screening?) anyway, they really tried to no homo finn & poe and it Didn’t Work.

  4. I rolled my eyes at that kiss, knowing it was so brief that it could be cut for homophobic markets.

    It’s not true representation, Disney. You know that.

  5. Thanks for these articles, I really enjoyed the one on gay couples in commercials, the 40 queerest movie moments and of course Dogs review Cats! :D

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