Pop Culture Fix: The “Birds of Prey” Trailer is Full of Lesbians, Bisexuals, Emancipations and Explosions

Welcome to your weekly Pop Culture Fix, ya big gaymos. 

+ The Birds of Prey trailer dropped yesterday, with bi-con Harley Quinn and lesbian legend Renee Montoya.

+ Lady Gaga is naming her new album ADELE.

+ Ruby Rose doesn’t care that gay Twitter hated on her Batwoman casting.

+ There’s a lesbian contestant on this UK show The Circle? And she’s pretending to be straight? And fans aren’t happy!

+ At Teen Vogue: Beanie Feldstein on Playing Teens, Besties, and Falling in Love.

Though Beanie’s open about who she is, a big coming-out moment didn’t feel necessary to her, which she acknowledges is probably a result of the abundance of love and support she has in her life. In the few years since that first sociology class, the media has assigned her many labels — queer, feminist, “chubby” — but she’s not overly defined by any particular one. Still, she understands that proudly trumpeting one’s identity feels meaningful for many. A few days before our meeting, Sam Smith announced on Instagram that they were switching to “they/them” pronouns. “I was so moved by that,” Beanie says. “The more stories we have, both personal and fictionalized…it just adds to the effing conversation.”

+ Vanity Fair interviewed Sarah Paulson while she was taking a lie detector test and the results are predictably hilarious.

+ Elena Delle Donne had to leave Game 2 of the WNBA Finals last night to back spasms (and of course the Mystics lost without her). She’ll have an MRI today to see if she can return for the rest of the series.

+ Alexandra Billings will join Wicked on Broadway as Madame Morrible.

+ Elsa is not getting a girlfriend in Frozen 2 (she’s focusing on herself, okay) but she reportedly is getting one in Frozen 3?

+ Gay TV renewals and cancellations: Grand Hotel won’t be back for a second season at ABC. Claws has been renewed for a fourth and final season at TNT. PLL: The Perfectionists is out at Freeform after one season.

+ What fan fiction teaches that classrooms don’t.

+ Alexandra Grey is set to recur on Empire this season.

+ A new webseries called These Thems is making waves on the LGBTQ festival circuit.

+ The extended trailer for season three of Black Lightning is here with plenty of ass-kicking Anissa but not much Grace. :(


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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. Elsa not having a girlfriend and focusing on herself initially seemed good, until I read the comments on some articles and realized what was really going on. There were a lot of people saying that they could accept a single Elsa, but not a gay one. It’s the same way that you hear people say, “Why can’t they just be friends. We need more female friendships on TV,” when people talk about Supercorp or Swanqueen.

  2. On the one hand, PLL the Perfectionists didn’t quite live up to PLL Original Recipe but I enjoyed it and I’m kind of sad. On the other, there’s nothing Freeform can do from stopping me from writing my Alison/Mona fan fiction because they are MARRIED.

  3. That Birds of Prey trailer is 🔥🔥🔥🔥.

    As much as I want Elsa to be queer, I believe Disney will make it canon when hell freezes over.

  4. Hey Heather! I don’t know if you noticed, but I shared that granola recipe in the comments on the Friday Open Thread.

  5. Listen. I love Ruby Rose. I have no idea whether there was a gay Jewish actor even in the running for this show.
    I just really wanted TV!Batwoman to be gay AND Jewish. The whole Kate Kane.

    anyway Frozen 3 is never coming, but with this leak, Disney will blame that on the gays

    • Took me a couple of seconds to figure out that you weren’t hurt at the Employment Development Department

  6. That fanfiction article is an interesting read. I’ll admit I’m such trash for fanfic and there are times where I read fanfic over books!

    • Like all the time!
      I used to read Dostoyevsky, and now whenever I tell people that I’ve been reading all day, when they ask me what I did over the weekend, I blush and quickly try to avert the topic, because I spent my days visiting the Azgeda with Lexa and Clarke.
      No regrets, though.
      Loved that article as well!

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