Pop Culture Fix: The Earth’s Celebrities Make A Final Push To Keep Us From Electing Donald Trump

13 Days, Y’all

In less than two weeks, this nightmare hellscape of an election season will finally be over, and the celebrities of the world are using their star power in these final hours to remind Americans not to vote for Donald Trump. Adele endorsed Hillary at her concert in Miami last night. Madeline Albright hung out with Samantha Bee to talk about why men are terrified of women. (Sam Bee also took on Trump’s ridiculous abortion rhetoric from the third debate.)

Yesterday, Pussy Riot released a new song and music video called “Straight Outta Vagina.” Nadya Tolokonnikova told The Guardian “This song could be considered an answer to Trump. But I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man … Vagina is bigger than Trump.” Don’t click on this video unless you want this song to be stuck in your head until at least election day.

And Emily’s List has assembled a star-studded team — including Amber Tamblyn, Diane Guerrero, Rose McGowen, Erika Alexander, Diane Guerrero, Zoë Kravitz, Maura Tierney, and Kate Greer — for their #WomenCanStopTrump campaign.

13 days, y’all. We’ve got this.


+ Hey, the first real Netflix Gilmore Girls trailer is here!

+ Look, everybody, even straight people, know Alex and Maggie are going to happen on Supergirl. Here is the promo for next week’s episode. Masks!


+ Every episode of Jessica Jones’ second season will be directed by a woman.


+ Korean director Park Chan-wook talked to Jezebel about The Handmaiden, his adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith (which I have not seen yet, but will see this weekend and write about it for you). I liked this answer about the sex scenes because it is literally the opposite of Blue is the Warmest Color.

I wanted to show the process and the pleasure that you have from the process of making love. Rather than the act of lovemaking itself, I tried to focus on the emotional intimacy of the two characters. And as a way of doing that, I tried to infuse the sex scenes with as much dialogue as I could, with almost the goal of making this the sex scene with the most of dialogue in the history of cinema. I tried to infuse it with as much humor as possible. In focusing on the characters’ emotion during lovemaking, I wanted to make it feel playful and feel more like a game. By the time we get to the end of the film, I wanted to also make it feel like a ritual, of these two women celebrating their newfound freedom. I wanted to convey the sense that they’ve finally broken the bonds of their class difference, nationalities, and their age gap to find true equality.

Queer Humans, Out and About

+ Mary Lambert stopped by Stonewall this week for a surprise three-song concert to support gay people and national parks! My favorite combination of things!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Mary Lambert performs at Stonewall National Monument on October 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

+ Lady Gaga did some Carpool Karaoke this week.

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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 mailed my ballot on Monday! I’m glad I actually got my absentee ballot. Apparently a bunch of ballots have gone missing in my county (70,000 absentee ballots were mailed out two weeks ago, but not everyone received them within the 10 day time frame).

  2. It’s been 18 hours, and I have STILLLLLLL not been able to stop thinking about/talking about/freaking out about/dissecting that Gilmore Girls trailer! I just have so many questions!

    I know there’s nothing queer about Gilmore Girls (SO FAR! WHO KNOWS WHAT’S HAPPENED IN THE LAST 9 YEARS!) but I really need at least an open thread of something to discuss it incessantly. Some of my Facebook friends have already started complaining, and were still 4 weeks away.

  3. When is the Black Mirror-San Junipero recap/article coming out because I have a whole lot of thoughts and feels that I need to get out about it.

    That article on Supergirl referenced that in the comics Maggie had a relationship with Batgirl, well I was checking out Chyler’s Instagram and she posted a picture of her daughters’ play house and said something to the effect that the kids kicked Batgirl out. I thought it was funny and apropos.

  4. PLEASE write something on The Handmaiden. I saw it yesterday and need to hear some more opinions……. it’s great although one particular sex scene reminded me exactly of Blue is the Warmest Color, just a run on of all the possible “hot to straight men” lesbian sexual activities

    • YES THANK YOU. I found the sex to be *very* male-gaze-y in a BITWC way. I will definitely be seeing it again, and there’s a lot I loved about it, but I am also feeling desperate to read writing about this movie not by a man.

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