Friday, February 23, 2018

My Olympic Weekend Crush

Well, I hope you’ve been enjoying the Olympics. You know I have. In honor of its final weekend, please enjoy these literal golden girls. Here are all the female gold medal winners from the United States (with much respect and congratulations, of course, to all the other women from other countries who took gold as well).

Jamie Anderson, Slopestyle Gold


Chloe Kim, Snowboard Halfpipe Gold


Mikaela Shiffrin, Giant Slalom Skiing Gold


Kikkan Randall & Jessica Diggins, Cross Country Skiing Team Sprint Gold


U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Gold


Also, come on, 20-year-old rookie goalie Maddie Rooney (left) is totally Ellen Page’s jock little sister, right?



And, because it’s my blog and I can post what I want, here is a little bonus SGALGG action from the PyeongChang Games.

Maren Lundby & Silje Opseth, Norway, ski jumping


Laura Deas & Lizzy Yarnold, Great Britain, skeleton


Kaori Iwabuchi & Sara Takanashi, Japan, ski jumping


Stina Nilsson & Hanna Falk, Sweden, cross-country skiing


Lindsey Vonn & Laurenne Ross, US, downhill skiing


And, because you knew this was coming, here is some choice SGALGG from the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team gold medal celebration.



Go ladies, go world, and happy weekend, all.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gender Fuck Thursday: Cate Edition

Oh, hi. Thought you might want to see in Cate Blanchett in this suit. And tie. And no shirt. You are welcome.



Look, I don’t know why she’s cutting her hair either. But are you gonna tell her it’s probably not a good idea to cut her hair while she’s wearing that suit and tie and no shirt? I didn’t think so.



Yeah, the lady can do whatever she wants.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

You Don't Own Us

Here are two of the sheroes of my not all that rebellious youth (What? I was a good student…) Shirley Manson and Fiona Apple, singing a wonderfully defiant version of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.” What a perfect anthem for our Time’s Up moment. And, really, a lot of things. Garbage men, you don’t own us. NRA, you don’t own us. GOP, you don’t own us. Trump, get the fuck out. Etc. Etc. Etc.

p.s. Fiona's shirt is a reference to Grammy president Neil Portnow. He suggested women weren't succeeding at the awards because we need to "step up" more. So, you know, fuck him, too.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lesbian Bucket List

Filmmaking friends The Finks (Julie Keck and Jessica King) have been making LGBTQ-themed content for years now. And they were kind enough to share one of their latest projects, the sex education series “F*ck Yes,” with me the other day. Just a reminder that consent is always, always sexy – with an assist from gay lady cinema icon Guinevere Turner. Please, like you don’t also have a soft spot in your heart for “Go Fish,” too.

Monday, February 19, 2018

We Call B.S.

I added this to my Friday post already, but in case you missed it (or even if you watched it once, twice or three times already) please – take the time. Emma Gonzalez and the students of Marjory Stonrman Douglas High School will not be forgotten, ignored or dismissed. Look out, GOP politicians who are bought and paid for by the NRA. We call B.S. And we are coming for you.

p.s. Emma Gonzalez/David Hogg 2020



Friday, February 16, 2018

My Weekend Gun Control Now

It’s easy to get despondent about all the senseless gun violence in America. Very, very easy. Why do we keep letting angry men unfettered access to the weapons of war? Why are they allowed to commit mass murder in a matter of seconds? Why can a 19-year-old kid buy an assault rifle? Oh, yeah – because too many Republican lawmakers are bought and paid for by the NRA. And the money the GOP receives from this terrorist organization is more important than keeping children safe in school or fans safe at a concert or parishioners safe in a church or revelers safe at a nightclub or workers safe at an office. All this terrible carnage.

But you know what? Enough. Enough of being held hostage by the NRA. Enough allowing the 25 percent of Americans who own all of its guns dictate our gun policy. Enough with tolerating 18 school shootings so far this year. Enough of this senseless death.

But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The students who saw their classmates and their teachers and their coaches shot dead in front of them. The students who cowered in closets for hours, hiding from a young man who was allowed to buy an AR-15 assault rifle and then used it to take 17 innocent lives. The students who are mad at hell at our country’s lax gun laws, and aren’t going to take it anymore.

Students like these, all survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida this week:





And this student, David Hogg.

At a vigil last night they chanted, “No more guns!

America did nothing when an angry young man with an AR-15 assault rifle killed 20 elementary school kids. The deaths of so many 6- and 7-year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary did not move our lawmakers to try to stop the next one.

But maybe the righteous anger of a bunch of teenagers will. And a little child will lead them all. Happy weekend and demand sensible gun control now, all.

UPDATE: This is Emma Gonzalez. Remember her name and know the students of Marjory Stonrman Douglas High School will change the world if only we will listen.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why Hello, New Robot Overlords

Oh, in all the commotion I’ve forgotten to talk about the new “Westworld” trailer. It’s a show I’ve grown to appreciate more and more as it reveals itself. Yes, it’s a slow and strange burn. But, if this the trailer is any indication, the robots are ready to rise up and kick our asses. Given today’s geopolitical climate, I say bring it on – especially if our new robot overlords look like Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Carol-entines Day



Dearest Kittens,

May someone flirt with you as boldly as Carol Aird flirts with Therese Belivet this Valentine’s Day. Or – alternately or concurrently – may you love yourself as effortlessly as Carol Aird lifts herself off the floor. But, seriously, that’s serious gracefulness goals. Have a great day filled with love and a possible rewatch of “Carol.” Hey, it couldn’t hurt.

Kisses,
Ms. Snarker

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Olympic Scream Queens

One of my favorite things about watching the Olympics is seeing the unfiltered emotion coming from all the female athletes. Women, all too often in society, are told to strictly monitor their emotions. Don’t be too friendly. Don’t be too cold. Smile. Smile less. Be happy, but not unladylike. Ugh, how I hate the world unladylike. But at the Olympics, women are allowed to express their inner roar. They can yell and scream and howl and ROAR all they want. Sure, it’s sometimes a little easier to spot at the Summer Olympics because there’s so much less clothing. Those big, bulky winter uniforms and helmets and mirrored goggles can make it more challenging to see – but no less satisfying.

So here are some Olympics screams from some very, very talented female athletes – may we see many, many more as the Games go on.

Mirai Nagasu, USA, figure skating

The first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics (and only the third woman overall to land one at the Games – behind Japan’s Midori Ito in 1992 and Mao Asada in 2010 and 2014.

Summer Britcher, USA, luge

The lugers are the athletes I’d most like walking beside me in a dark alley. Just sayin'.

Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia; Anais Bescond, France; Laura Dahlmeier, Germany; biathlon

Those are your silver, bronze and gold medal winners of the 10Km pursuit biathalon(L-R), all thrilled out of their minds. Oh, and they are pretty good in a dark alley, too, what with their sharp shooting.

Nika Kriznar, Slovenia, ski jumping

She came in seventh on the normal hill, but that is a happy, happy seventh.

Chloe Kim, USA, snowboard

A gold medal winner and instant legend at age 17. So, you know, not too shabby.

Ireen Wust, Netherlands, speed skating

How are the out gay ladies doing in Pyeongchang? Well bisexual speed skater Ireen won the gold in the 1,500 – making her the first Winter Olympian to win individual gold medals at four consecutive Games. So pretty well, thanks.

p.s. Because it is also a Tuesday, here’s Ireen in a tank top. For science!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Is Coming Out

The Winter Games are here! The Winter Games are here! It’s the most wonderful every-four years, of the years. Does that make sense? Oh well, who cares. It’s that time of the lifetime again when I fall in love with all things Olympics. This year, as in years past, my plan is to watch as much of the women’s events as possible. And besides rooting for the home team, I will be rooting for the homo team. Nudge, nudge, see what I did there? Stop judging, I’m excited. It’s the Olympics!

The out lesbian and bisexual women at the 2018 Winter Games:

Belle Brockhoff, Australia, Snowboard Cross


Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Austria, Ski Jumping


Barbara Jezersek, Australia, Cross-Country Skiing


Cheryl Maas, The Netherlands, Snowboard


Ireen Wüst, The Netherlands, Speed Skating


So, who are you rooting for this Olympics? Besides The Gay, of course.

Friday, February 09, 2018

My Weekend Crush

I’ve been trying to decide whether I liked the “Natalie’s Rap 2.” It’s taken me a little while, because of my absolute love of the first one - obviously, but I’ve decided I like it – a lot. Sure, it’s not as surprising and therefore memorable as the first one. But Natalie Portman rapping against type is always internet gold. The “Star Wars” prequels stuff in particular was amaze-ing. Plus, she gets the ultimate wish fulfillment of all women and throws a “Well, actually”-ing male out the window.

It’s highly recommend you watch them both back-to-back, on a loop.



I guess you could describe my sexuality on any given day is Natalie Portman Rapping. But, then, I suspect that is true for most of us. Happy weekend, all.

p.s. My sexuality can also be described as Natalie and Mila’s insane brain (and other parts) melting sex scene from “Black Swan.”



Thursday, February 08, 2018

Annihilate the Patriarchy

You ever seen a photo and think, “Yeah, this gets me.” Well, that’s how I feel looking at this promo still from the new film “Annihilation.” This still is kind of everything I’m looking for from a movie right now. A tough, smart gang of diverse women who are heavily armed on a world-saving mission while some sport alternative lifestyle haircuts. Like I was saying, this gets me.



p.s. As further proof this movie is possibly perfect, Oscar Isaac’s character is legit only described as “Lena’s husband” in the credits. Lena is Natalie Portman’s biologist character. Identifying men only by their association with powerful women? Burn, patriarchy, burn.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Disobey This

Good news, the trailer for “Disobedience” was recently released. Better news, the infamous “spit” scene is nowhere to be seen. Look, I’m still incredibly excited to see “Disobedience” because any movie where Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams have a passionate relationship is incredibly exciting. But the whole sensual spitting scene put me a bit off (I want it to not be gross, but I just can’t see how).

Still the trailer gets me back on the very excited track. It conveys the claustrophobia of forbidden love – and lust. It’s filled with the quiet, devastating strain caused by living a life of restriction and denial. Plus, OK, it’s pretty hot when Rachel and Rachel kiss.



So, thoughts, did the trailer make you more/less excited for this film?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Oh, Canadian TV

If you heard a loud, piercing squeal sometimes yesterday afternoon it was just me. I was just reacting to news that Megan Follows was joining the cast of “Wynonna Earp” in a recurring role as Momma Earp. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL!

This is Emily Andras making all of my wildest Canadian dreams come true. You all already know how much I love, love, love (love, love, love) Anne of Green Gables and Megan Follows. Interviewing Megan a few years ago was a fantasy bucket list accomplishment. And now, holy cow, is this just wonderful, wonderful casting.

I cannot wait to see the layers and loveliness that Megan brings to the show. She has always been a ferocious actress, capable of conveying intellect and introspection so clearly. I have no doubt she will be perfect as Momma Earp. In fact I cannot wait.

Also perfect, Emily’s response to casting Megan:


Thank you so much, Canada, for giving us something so great to look forward to in 2018.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Super Non-Conforming

So the Super Bowl was kinda interesting. The halftime show was kinda meh. And the ads were kinda blah. Sure, the Tide ad was maybe sorta kinda funny. But two ads did stand out. One was the Coke ad that made history for using the “them/they” pronoun. It might seem like a little thing, but for the non-binary and gender non-confirming it’s a wonderful recognition during the biggest national televised event of the year. The thing that people who rail about PC culture don’t get, and have no doubt never contemplated, is how big something so small can feel when you’ve never felt seen before. Calling a person why the correct pronoun hurts no one, but instead makes another human being feel acknowledged and respected. It takes so little to simply be kind and inclusive, so why not try it.

The other ad was also gender-norm defying in a fun and inclusive way. It was, for all things, the NFL. As I watched I braced internally for the probably inevitable “no-homo” to ruin everything. But it never came. It was just delightful from start to finish. I guess that makes up for all the lingering brain trauma from concussions and domestic abusers in your ranks. (Kidding, the NFL has issues man. But this ad was pretty great, if an obvious rip-off of this even greater ad.)

Friday, February 02, 2018

My Weekend Crushing It

In my ongoing effort to bring good news to our garbage reality, please allow me to introduce you to 16-years-old Australian explorer Jade Hameister. She is the youngest person to ever complete the so-called “Polar Hat Trick.” This means, at an age most people are just figuring out how to drive a car, she has reached the North and South Poles and crossed the Greenland ice sheet. It’s all terribly impressive, of course. But what makes it even more impressive is how Jade has chosen to handle the (inevitable) misogynistic trolls. After posting of her epic accomplishment at reaching the South Pole Jan. 10, the next day she posted the above photo that included this absolutely crushing bit in her caption:

“Tonight (it never gets dark this time of year) I skied back to the Pole again... to take this photo for all those men who commented “Make me a sandwich” on my TEDX Talk. I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it xx”

Suck it, loser dudes. Fuck yeah, Jade. Happy weekend, all.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

See Jane, Really See Jane

Hi Kittens. I just felt like dropping in a little reality check about this business we call show. I started this blog more than 10 years ago to chit-chat about the effervescent delights of pop culture through the lens of this rather opinionated gay gal. Over the years I’ve also delved into current events, LGBTQ rights, feminist issues and the hellscape of politics (particularly this current and pressing Trump-shaped hellscape). But it’s also good, sometimes, to step back and laugh. Now, perhaps, more than ever.

So please allow Jane Fonda’s Instagram to remind us that celebrity is, and will always be, a beautiful illusion we’ve all bought into to distract us from make the mundane realities of everyday life.

Here is the quintessential before-and-after truth of Jane at last fall’s LA Museum of Modern Art Gala.

Before:

Here’s me on the red carpet of LA Museum of Modern Art gala

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After:


See Jane, really see Jane.