Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oh, Well, Barbie Sucks Anyway

Well, never mind. Looks like they aren’t making that Lesbian Barbie after all. Mattel has been replying to fans inquiring about when they could buy an Abby Wambach Barbie by saying it isn’t going to be available for purchase. Instead they are saying it was a “a one-of-a-kind doll created for Abby.” Gee, I wonder if Abby knew that. Because she seemed pretty excited about the prospect of giving people who don’t think the current dolls reflect how they feel “another option.” I doubt she would have said that if she knew this was the only one just for her.

But, hey, that’s cool. I get it. So essentially Mattel wanted all the goodwill of introducing an Abby Wambach Barbie, without ever having to actually produce an Abby Wambach Barbie. Cool, cool. We don’t mind being used just for show. Please feel free to reap the benefits of seeming inclusive without actually being inclusive. We don’t mind one bit. Not one tiny little bit.

Yeah, fuck that noise. I knew there was a reason I was a Star Wars Action Figure girl instead. I knew it.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Friendzone

Inspired by the ultimately respectful comments conversation (I know, it’s almost an oxymoron) on my “Jessica Jones” recap today, here is a little love for BFFs Jessica and Trish. They are one of my favorite friendships on TV today, period. Fierce, loyal, tender, unbreakable. While I’ll never apologize for hoping and pushing for more queer female couples and representation on television and in entertainment, I also clearly celebrate what these two ladies have.

p.s. Spoilery stuff in the video, so if you haven’t watched the whole series probably don’t watch until the end.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Fae-Thee-Well

I have had the very good fortune of interviewing Anna Silk four times now. She had been, as I’ve said before, really lovely each time. You can read the previous one, two and three times here. This most recent fourth time was most likely the last time I’ll interview her about “Lost Girl,” which is bittersweet for sure. You can read that interview today over at AfterEllen.

Now, I’ve been writing about pop culture for a long time now and I can unequivocally say it’s a rare and wonderful treat to have a star who is as open and accessible as Anna has been throughout the course of “Lost Girl.” In short, we’re lucky to have had her for as long as we did.

Just a reminder, this is the lovely, lovely, lovely video message she sent to fans when “Lost Girl” was canceled. Come on, that’s a class act.



Oh, Anna. We will miss you so, so much. And those tank tops. Siiigh.

Friday, February 05, 2016

My Weekend Crush

Look, I was never a Barbie girl. Growing up I had exactly two – Malibu Barbie and Malibu Ken. How I ended up with the least clothed of all the Barbies is beyond me. So half of my playtime with them was spent fashioning clothing out of Kleenex and Scotch tape. Also, Jesus Christ, what the fuck was wrong with her feet? To be perfectly honest, I was a Star Wars action figure girl. And since Barbie towered over those guys, she only came in handy when they were under hostile attack from an Amazonian race.

Still none of my contrarian childhood playtime nostalgia in any way dampens my excitement about what’s happening right now with the plastic toymaker. Because right now there’s an Abby Wambach Barbie. Obviously, none of this negates the unrealistic expectations that decades of physically impossible body proportions have wreaked on girls and women as a whole. But for one of the most popular toy brands in the world to create a doll in the likeness of an out lesbian athlete with an obvious alternative lifestyle haircut? Come on, that’s a Big Fucking Deal, Joe Biden. So huzzah for the first out lesbian Barbie (I mean, we all had our suspicious about Skipper, but still).



Sadly, you probably won’t find Abby Wambach Barbie on store shelves near you soon. She appears to be part of the “Shero Collection,” which was first released last year and included Ava Duvernay, Emmy Rossum and Kristin Chenoweth dolls. While those dolls were sold commercially, it appears it was in rather limited number as part of their adult collectibles line. So whenever Abby does go on sale, you’d better get your gaymo Barbie quick.

As Abby helped introduce the doll earlier this week at the Makers conference, it was an unmistakably awesome moment for little girls who maybe didn’t quite fit into the standard Barbie mold. Like Abby said herself at the unveiling, “Maybe if our doll doesn’t look exactly as you feel, here is another option.” Another option, indeed. Happy weekend, all.



EDIT: Fuck, shit, damn. It looks like Mattel is NOT making the Abby Wambach Barbie available for purchase. It was a "one-of-a-kind" doll created just for Abby herself. Wow, so basically they just wanted the publicity of being gay-inclusive without actually being gay inclusive. NOT COOL.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Blanchett's Got Talent

I will stop posting about Cate Blanchett when she stops being delightful. So, in other words, nope - not yet. Still delightful. And bendy - soooooo bendy.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Ask Anna

Guess what? Tomorrow I have an interview with the always lovely Anna Silk tomorrow morning. We’ll be talking about the final few episodes of “Lost Girl,” which began airing this week on Syfy. I know many of you have already seen the series – thanks to your friends in Canada/The Internet. So I’m opening the interview up and taking your questions for Anna. Whether you’ve seen the final episodes, whether you’re watching them for the first time. All questions will be accepted. I’ll try to get as many answered as I can, because after all we’re all just fans together. And this is a way for you to also thank her for five years of being, well, just lovely. Pitch me your questions below. I’ll take them until 9 AM Thursday morning (Pacific Time). Ask away, faebians.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Cate-Suspenders 2016

Congratulations! We made it through the first actual real human voting of the 2016 presidential election. Only nine more months of this shit, America. Yeah, I think that deserves a picture of Cate Blanchett in a white shirt and suspenders, don’t you? Well, now that we’re all agreed on that, I hope we can keep on agreeing on some other things. Like that I am as thrilled that Donald Trump lost as I am horrified that Ted Cruz won. That, kittens, is your classic lose-lose scenario. On the other side, I’m thrilled Hillary won, and not horrified by Bernie’s showing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I like Bernie. I just like Hillary more. And I very, very much want her to be president. So that’s that. But, again, let’s focus on the important issues here – and that is Cate in those suspenders.

p.s. I will announce the winner of the "Freeheld" Blu-Ray a little later today, so watch this space. What? You know you want another excuse to come ogle Cate.

p.s.s. Congrats to btvsobsessed623 who is the winner of the Freeheld Blu-Ray. Check your email, friend.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Haaaaaaair!

Do you know how I knew (aside from having already seen her on “The Big Gay Sketch Show”) that Kate McKinnon was going to be a big star? Because on her very first episode as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” back in 2012, she delivered like bananas on this sketch. This, to this day, is one of my favorite SNL sketches of all time. Yes, all time. I lump it in with stuff from the early casts and stuff from Tine Fey and Amy Poehler. It’s that funny. In fact, just thinking about it sometimes makes me giggle. Now, what’s better than that for yet another damn Monday? Enjoy the shiny, glossy goodness. Refrigerator!

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Weekend Giveaway Crush

“Freeheld” was a good movie. It was a moving story earnestly told by some fine actors. To be honest, one of the movie’s biggest flaws “Freeheld” had was being released the same year as a beautiful piece of art like “Carol.” It’s basically impossible to compete with the exquisite swooniness of that film. But “Freeheld” is well worth watching. It’s solid and serious and sincere. Sure, perhaps it doesn’t have the most scintillating on-screen chemistry you’ve ever seen between its leads. And, yes, perhaps its good-triumphs-over-evil storytelling feels a bit conventional and made-for-TV-movie-ish. But sadly these kinds of – in this case all-too-true – stories of fighting injustice still need to be told. And I applaud its star, Ellen Page, and her seven-year struggle to put the lives of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree on the big screen. This was a passion project for her, which also coincided with her coming out herself. Which is yet another reason to be thankful for this film. It helped to give us our favorite out tiny Canadian.



All of this is a long way to go to say that, guess what, I have a copy of “Freeheld” to give away to one luck reader. I got sent an extra copy of the Blu-Ray, which along with the DVD goes on sale to the public Tuesday. So I am passing it on to you, kittens. So if you’re interested leave your email (feel free to spell it out without @ -signs to avoid spam, etc) in the comments. I’ll select one winner at random who will be announced on Tuesday. Good luck and happy weekend, all.

p.s. Also, just a reminder, please follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. What? It never hurts to butter up the host.

p.p.s. Oh, also, if you don't mind, add where you're reading from (state or country). I always love to know where folks are from. Makes the world feel smaller. 

p.p.p.s. Thanks, all, for entering. The lucky winner is btvsobsessed623.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Queen Has Spoken

Lena Headey, continued human delight factory, came onto Jimmy Kimmel this week to continue her tradition of epic readings of insults in character as Cersei Lannister. This time she read insults from this season of “The Bachelor” as the Dowager Queen. After last season’s beyond brutal takedown of the Lady of Casterly Rock, the poor dear could certainly use some levity. Though as someone who has been forced to watch more than a few episodes of “The Bachelor,” I can attest that perhaps there are a few people in the world who deserve to be followed around with a “shame” bell.



p.s. In case you missed Lena’s last Cersei insult session, see it here.