Pop Culture Fix: Surprise, Game of Thrones’ Bisexual Sex Scenes Were a “Frenzied Mess”

Okay I heard the funniest joke this morning at the grocery store. What do you call a salmon wearing a bowtie? Sofishticated! Well and you’re welcome for that and also for this mid-week Pop Culture Fix.


+ Surprise, the bisexual sex scenes on Game of Thrones were a “frenzied mess” because the show didn’t have an intimacy coordinator even though it had a budget of ten gazillion dollars per episode. Gemma Whelan, who played bi badass Yara Greyjoy, told The Guardian:

“They used to just say, ‘When we shout action, go for it!’, and it could be a sort of frenzied mess,” she said. “But between the actors there was always an instinct to check in with each other… There was a scene in a brothel with a woman and she was so exposed that we talked together about where the camera would be and what she was happy with. A director might say, ‘Bit of boob biting, then slap her bum and go!’, but I’d always talk it through with the other actor.”

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+ Pearl Mackie on The Long Call, Doctor Who, and tearing down bisexual stereotypes.

+ Ella Hunt takes us inside the final Dickonson premiere.

+ Speaking of Ella Hunt, everyone is just so gay all the time these days!

+ DC comic artists are receiving threats from biphobic nerds.

+ RuPaul is making a Christmas movie with Drag Race stars – and its going to sleigh the house down. (That’s what the headline says, I did not make up the phrase “sleigh the house down.”)

+ How Stranger Things‘ season three coming out scene inspired one fan.

+ Sex Love and Goop: Lesbian duo Camille, Shandra share insecurities over body-shaming.

+ Azie Tesfai and Chyler Leigh laughed until they cried making out in their costumes on Supergirl.

+ Here’s your Saved By The Bell season two trailer, feat. … Showgirls??

+ Kristen Stewart on why Princess Diana was “wonderful,” but “ironically unknowable.”

+ Carol Writer Phyllis Nagy talks about her new drama Call Jane.


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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, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter, and Instagram.

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