Pop Culture Fix: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Keep Powering Each Other Up

Feature image via Sue Bird’s Instagram 

Hello, friends, and welcome back to your weekly Pop Culture Fix

+ Sue Bird at Team USA are training and traveling and doing press in the lead up to the summer Olympics and Bird just can’t stop talking about how much she loves Megan Rapinoe, even to CNN.

Living alongside Rapinoe, herself a pioneer in women’s soccer, has certainly had an influence on Bird. The pair are both unapologetic in their ambition and want to use their own success to pull others up behind them. It’s a relationship that seems to have got the best out of both and Bird is excited for what the future holds. “I’ve learned so much from Megan. Just watching her, how she carries herself, how she believes in certain things and sticks to it, never wavers, and there is a confidence that is required for that,” she says. “Who better to share ideas with, compare ideas with, poke holes in each other’s ideas? I mean, it’s really nice to just sit down and have someone to talk to that is going through the exact same things. More than anything I’m just incredibly proud of her.”

+ First Ladies, which will star VIOLA DAVIS AS MICHELLE OBAMA and also include (a yet-to-be-cast) Eleanor Roosevelt has been ordered to series by Showtime!

+ Over at the New York Times, Jenna Wortham profiled Dee Rees and it is brilliant.

+ Vampire Diaries fave Kayla Ewell is joining Batwoman as Nocturna and I am praying to every lesbian Jesus that they do not go with her storyline from the comics because it is so messed up and I love this show so much.

+ Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross, Hailie Sahar, and Janet Mock were honored at Essence‘s annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.

+ Brandi Carlile is recording a new song for the next Pixar film.

+ Rachel Charlene Lewis over at Bitch: An Ode to Diane Nguyen, Depressed Feminist Writer

+ At Sundance, GLAAD hosted a Queer, Black and Unapologetic panel. It’s really good.

+ Looks like agent Sheryll Barnes is queer on FBI: Most Wanted.

+ In a truly ironic turn of events, Will & Grace tried to tackle bisexual erasure.

+ Jes Macallan chatted with TVLine about her musical dream coming true and Ava’s serial killer obsession.

+ Out of Sundance, Amazon picked up Tessa Thompson’s Sylvie’s Love.

+ Why the Friends vs. Living Single Twitter beef really matters.

+ Did you know Fact Checking The Bold Type is a thing at EW? ‘Cause it sure is!

+ Missy Elliott has joined Sony’s Cinderella adaptation.

+ Here’s what 10 queer and trans creatives predict for the next decade of LGBTQ2 representation.

+ Netflix has renewed Sex Education for season three.

+ Brit Marling: I don’t want to be the strong female lead.

+ Jane Fonda is building an army to defend the earth.

+ How #OscarsSoWhite changed the conversation around The Oscars.

+ If you haven’t yet seen the Gay Men’s Chorus Of Los Angeles perform their tribute to Laura Dern, please stop what you’re doing and treat yourself.

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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. I watched that episode of Will and Grace mainly because I wanted to see Billie Lourd. I watched Will and Grace when it was originally on but I haven’t seen the revival and I haven’t seen the original show in a long time. Parts of it were cringey especially those comments like pick a side! or you’re not bisexual you’re gay. But when the kids were trying to explain there is more than just gay and straight it got a little better. That article is interesting, thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, I’m glad I watched the Laura Dern song for the 5th time rather than sitting through the Will & Grace bi storyline! Whenever someone says “oh bisexuality was invented the 90s” I’m always like “oh yeah? Tell that to Alexander the Great!”

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