Hello and welcome to your weekly pop culture fix, a searing look at all the culture that you can fit inside a pot and then pop like popcorn!
… If you, by any chance, happened to be watching The Bachelorette on Monday night, you probably saw a shortened version of the short film, “Now & Then,” a touching love story / commercial for Las Vegas about two lesbians who go to Las Vegas and get married, because we are nothing if not wavy-haired and impulsive about lifelong commitments!!!
AdWeek reports on this “heartwarming new spot” that is “elbowing out the old and striking a new tone.” Apparently, the response has been “about 50 percent emotion-evoking, 50 percent general approval and 1 percent neutral or negative.”
… AHEM gird your loins because Hayley Kiyoko is dropping the music video for “What I Need,” the track she did with Kehlani, tomorrow:
… In an interview with Rolling Stone, Charli XCX addressed the controversy over the song “Girls”:
“I know that Rita’s had extremely meaningful relationships with both men and women. She really does have every right to tell her story because she’s not doing it from an exploitative viewpoint: she’s been with women and had relationships with women. She’s had relationships with men, too. I don’t understand why her story is less valid than anybody else’s.”
… Jodi Comer talks to NewNowNext about “Killing Eve,” including her thoughts on Villanelle’s sexual orientation:
“She devours life,” Comer says. And that extends to her sexual tastes. In the series first few episodes alone, Villanelle seduces her pretty boy neighbor Sebastian (Charlie Hamblett), while developing a kind of psychosexual crush on Eve. “I think she would rather be with women,” Comer explains, “but in that moment she’s not gaining what she wants from the kills and I think she’s trying to get some solace from somewhere and poor Sebastian is there.”
… I am very excited for this to debut on June 11th: Cameron Esposito Is Taking Rape Jokes Back for Survivors.
… As you’re most likely VERY aware of by this point, Roseanne has been cancelled because Roseanne herself is racist and revealed this again in a recent tweet, which she later blamed on ambien, LOL. Apparently, working on Roseanne had been pretty demoralizing for some of its writers. Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes quit immediately after the tweet was posted, before the show itself was cancelled. Sara Gilbert, meanwhile, continues to disappoint. As we’ve mentioned in the past, however, Roseanne has been transphobic for a really long time.
… Hello, have you seen this masterpiece I gave you on Memorial Day: 21 Times “Killing Eve” Depicted Lesbian Relationship Scenarios With Dead-On Accuracy
… The Picnic at Hanging Rock deviates from its source in three important ways, including “it’s about female agency and gay relationships.” Rachel is going to write about this for us because I sort of checked out mid-way, but is also finding it to be more boring than the first episode suggested! Stay tuned!
… This contains a VERY hot take on the Queer Eye reboot: Why L.G.B.T.-Centered TV Is Stuck in the Past.
… Speaking of LGBT-centered TV firmly rooted in the future, here’s Carmen’s recap of the most recent episode of VIDA, which was so very queer.
… The New Yorker reviews Pose: “billed as a dance musical and plays like a social melodrama, thickly packed with incident and lightly spiced with MTV expressionism.” NewNow Next has an Essential “Pose” Viewing Guide: What You Need to Watch Before the FX Series Premieres. “Pose” premieres June 3rd on FX.
… The War Over the Woke Charmed Reboot Rages On: Actress Sarah Jeffery responds to Holly Marie Combs’ opposition to the reboot, which promises more woc and lesbian characters than the original.
… ‘Sense8’ finale delivers a queer happily-ever-after: the reportedly “ridiculous” and “indulgent” 150-minute program drops June 8th and this review makes it sound pretty fun, actually! Indiewire declares, “One thing that’s truly lovely about the way in which the finale works is that it doesn’t try to pull any fast ones on its audience; it’s saturated with love and respect for its fanbase.”
… Syd: She May Live at Home With Mom, But This Soul Singer Has Lofty Ambitions: s/o to all you queers out there living at home with mom!