Pop Culture Fix: There’s an Animated Gay Short Film in Here That Will Soothe Your Exhausted Heart

There’s not too much queer pop culture news this week. I blame San Diego Comic Con. But here are some queer things! And some feminist things! And one very adorable thing.


+ Transparent’s season four trailer has A LOT going on.


+ At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, CBS execs agreed they’ve got a straight white man problem. This isn’t the first time they’ve been called on it at TCA and promised they’re “working on it.” I’m mentioning it as an excuse to post my all-time favorite The L Word quote.

+ Speaking, as always, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, your pals Kristin Russo and Jenny Owen Youngs of Buffering the Vampire Slayer (among many other things) are writing their first comic book!

+ Variety wonders what it will take for the Emmys to close the gender gap.

+ TVLine has a Daytime Divas season one finale post-mortem with the showrunner.

+ Zoe Saldana is launching a Latino-focused digital media brand called BeSe

“Latinos are a growing community in America, but Latino stories have remained historically marginalized,” said Saldana. “I’m so excited to be leading BeSe, a truly uplifting brand that fills a niche for young audiences craving positive portrayals of the modern Latino experience in America. I’m grateful to partner with Daniel, Monica and Plus Foundry so that more voices can be heard and empower others to actively create their own futures.”

+ Hulu has renewed Harlots. Riese is writing a thing about season one for you!

+ The VMAs are losing the Moonman trophy in favor of a Moon Person trophy.

+ Looks like queer women Portia de Rossi and Alia Shawkat really are going to be reunited for another season of Arrested Development. Jason Bateman tweeted a picture from the set this week.

+ Jaina Lee Ortiz will headline the new Shondaland firefighter series, which is set to be some kind of spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy.


+ Atomic Blonde won the box office on its opening weekend. Kayla ranked Charlize’s coats from the movie, I hope you know.

+ Blue is the Warmest Color and The Handmaiden made Indiewire’s list of 25 most sexy movies of the 21st century

+ Try not to cry, I dare ya.

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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 am sooo excited for the upcoming season of Arrested Development. I think Jeffery said this season will have more of the cast in the same room at the same time.

  2. Bloody hell! That short just effin killed me. I am at work, sitting at my desk pouring tears into my Greek yogurt after a 4min 5 sec short film that yanked on my heart stings as hard as they pulling apart theirs in the film.

    I needed that so bad. Thank you Heather for sharing.

  3. CBS literally had the same answer last year for this problem. And the year before that. They are a broken record with no plans to actually do anything about it. Also, pay your damn actresses and poc the same as their white male co-stars! Especially if they have been they are series regulars who have been with the show the same amount of time. Criminal Minds and Hawaii 5-0 are revolving doors for a reason.

  4. I’m just kinda gobsmacked when people say “Blue Is The Warmest Color” is sexy. Graphic doesn’t necessarily equal sexy. The love scene in Carol, heck even the kiss before the sex, is about a billion times sexier than the entirety of that film.

  5. Atomic Blond IS worth a look. (Yes, the tropey death pissed me off, it’ll piss you off, tastes like chicken, etc.) BUT IT IS WELL DONE. My daughter loved it.

    • It’s on my “if I feel like it this weekend” list. Since movies stick around for a while here, I figure I have a little time.

  6. Jesus, do not go read the youtube comments on the short. Just when you think maybe humanity isn’t a cesspool of gratuitous bullshit the comments section reminds you otherwise.

  7. Everything is perfect about that short. I will undoubtedly re-watch it many times in the future. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Re: moon person:

    “MTV president Chris McCarthy has decided that it didn’t make sense for the trophy to be a man, saying, “It could be a man, it could be a woman, it could be transgender,'”

    implying trans people *aren’t* men or women?


    theyre just like ??????we love him why aren’t we going to him we love him????????let’s go!!!! man if only it were that simple, little heart <3

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