Pop Culture Fix: “The Last of Us” Is Bringing its Lesbians and Clickers and Trauma to HBO

Gooob Monday morning, friends! Here is your first Pop Culture Fix of the week!

+ HBO has officially greenlit the Last of Us adaptation by two Chernobyl EPs and Naughty Dog VP Neil Druckmann. Get ready to be traumatized while swooning! JK, you’re already ready for that; you’ve been watching lesbian TV and movies for years!

+ The teaser for Batwoman season two is here and in case you haven’t heard I AM SO EXCITED I CAN HARDLY STAND IT.

+ A nonbinary version of the Flash is joining the Justice League.

+ Black Lightning will end after next season. (China Anne McClain has weighed in on it in an Insta that broke my heart even more.)

+ How to tell if you’re in a serious lesbian period romance.

+ Billy Porter will make his directorial debut with the coming of age story What If?

+ Please enjoy the trailer for the director’s cut of But I’m a Cheerleader, which lands on December 8th.

+ Sam Smith says they weren’t prepared for the amount of ridicule they got when they came out as non-binary.

+ Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate confirms Mileena is in a relationship with her Edenian ally, Tanya.

+ Noelle Stevenon wrote a piece for Vulture that I really love! It’s called: For the Honor of Moon Prism Power, Make Up! and it’s about how the transformation sequences in Sailor Moon and She-Ra and how the former taught us that femininity isn’t weak.

+ I missed this piece when it came out due to COVID, but it came across my timeline this weekend and I read it and loved it. It’s a comprehensive guide to Star Trek’s LGBTQ rep.

+ 10 times Dolly Parton was a literal angel.

+ Dua Lipa licks Miley Cyrus’s face in this new Cherry Bomb video.

+ Homophobia is still an issue on film sets.

+ Don’t hold your breath for a GLOW movie.

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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. can anyone explain why Dolly Parton would need to donate $1M so that a $1B+ pharmaceutical company can go on to make more money? no criticism for Dolly – if she ever did something wrong it would be b/c it swapped definitions with right.

  2. “Get ready to be traumatized while swooning! JK, you’re already ready for that; you’ve been watching lesbian TV and movies for years!”

    Can we nominate part of the text of an article for a comment award?

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