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Boobs on Your Tube: Coop’s Faced With the Full Responsibility of Her Past on “All American”

Boobs on Your Tube: Coop's Faced With the Full Responsibility

We survived another week and now here is Boobs on Your Tube, with some television as a treat! To begin, it’s basically now The Symone Show on Rupaul’s Drag Race and we’re not complaining! We brought back our Lost Movie Reviews project and Drew’s telling us all about Water Lilies as a memory of gay adolescence. Drew’s also here to tell you all about The Lady and the Dale on HBO Max — which she says is a fascinating portrait of trans con artist Elizabeth Carmichael, and that recommendation carries a lot weight with us! On Riverdale, Toni Topaz has finally become the major player we knew she was all along. Good Trouble returned for its third season, and Natalie wrote a stunning recap of our last year living under COVID. The TV Team took over the Batwoman recap — just for this week only! — to do our signature funny captions on screen caps, and you don’t want to miss it! To L and Back keeps chugging away on L Word Season Six, despite the fact that it never happened (the guest star this week is our very own No Filter writer Christina Tucker, so you know it’s a good time!).

We also have two very fun lists that you will enjoy with some hot cocoa this weekend:54 Straight Actresses Who Play Gay The Mostby Riese and ’80s and ’90s Sitcom Characters, Ranked by Lesbianism written by the entire team and curated for your hearts by our beloved Heather Hogan.

Notes from the TV Team: 

Black Lightning returned for its final season two weeks ago, but we haven’t talked about it in this space because Grace Choi is still in her coma and Anissa hasn’t had much to do. Well this week Anissa started making “friends” with another doctor at her mom’s lab, Darius. They seem to be getting to know each other in a funny, kind, platonic way, but with Grace still in a coma I am on high alert until she returns. — Carmen

Queen Sugar also returned for a new season this week! And in the premiere episode, Nova Bordelon gives herself one helluva an absolutely gorgeous gay haircut. — Carmen

+ CBS giveth and it taketh away: the network — which currently ranks last among broadcast networks in LGBTQ representation — cancelled NCIS: New Orleans this week, ending Tammy Gregorio’s time in the Big Easy. Thankfully, though, CBS will keep their paltry 2.9% rating in tact with Low Country starring Uzo Aduba. The former OINTB star will play a lesbian deputy sheriff in South Carolina’s low country. — Natalie

+ I had high hopes for S.W.A.T.‘s return this week. I thought watching her friend/roommate/mentee die would send Chris on a tailspin and we’d get to watch Lina Esco dig into some meaty material. Boy was I wrong! Instead, we got to watch Chris cry into her phone and men who’d barely shared a screen with Erika talk about their grief. Dreadful. — Natalie

Written by Natalie

Spencer can't avoid talking to Coop anymore after she drops by.

After last week’s realization that Spencer holds Coop responsible for the shooting that injured his arm and has jeopardized his future, this week’s episode of All American feels like a ticking time bomb. The entire hour is spent just waiting for the truth to come out and for the heart of this show to experience its first real fracture. For most of the hour, Spencer chooses avoidance over confrontation: he skips church, he sends her calls straight to voice mail, he avoids her when he spots her at school.

Coop’s frustrated by the distance but her preoccupation with Tyrone’s sister has her distracted. Mo’s offering her legal services free of charge to everyone in the community and Coop’s mystified that people can’t see through her rouse. Patience seems willing to give Mo the benefit but Coop remains unconvinced: Mo’s still “a wolf in a wolf’s sweater” and she doesn’t trust her. Eager to talk about anything else, Patience urges Coop to change the subject and she asks for an update on the lawsuit against JP. There’s no news from Layla yet but her lawyers believe they have a good case. And, of course, right at that moment, Mo happens by and offers to use her experience with music contracts to help Patience.

“Actually, no, we don’t need your help or your business card or your ear hustle, alright?” Coop interjects, before pulling Patience away.

But later, Patience circles back to meet with Mo. Worried about what a lawsuit might do to Layla’s relationship with her father, Patience opts to handle it on her own and recruits Mo to help her. Before their meeting gets started, Patience makes her allegiances clear: she’s Coop’s girl and if Mo really only moved back to Crenshaw to get revenge on Coop, Mo will have to deal with her first. Mo takes the not-so-subtle threat in stride and offers her help to the budding songstress. Within days, Mo’s able to secure Patience’s release.

Sufficed to say, Coop doesn’t take the news of Mo’s involvement well. Patience urges Coop to let go of this “imaginary beef” and just live the dream they’ve always had to make music together. But Coop can’t let go… later when she finally gets to sit down with Spencer, she’s still fuming from Patience’s betrayal. She explains that Patience accused her of going around looking for a fight and looks to him to share her dismay. He doesn’t.

Spencer recalls all the times he warned Coop and she didn’t listen — with Shawn, with the gang, with Tyrone — and now he’s paying the price for her obstinance. Coop reminds Spencer that he was the one who told her the shooting wasn’t her fault… which Spencer acknowledges.

He also acknowledges, with tears in his eyes, that he was wrong.

Nancy Drew 205: “The Drowned Woman”

Written by Valerie Anne

nancy and bess cling to each other

I still think they could have used Bess’s queerness to their advantage but whatever, this works too.

In this week’s Nancy Drew, lesbian love literally saved everyone’s life. Well, almost everyone’s life. The time had come to finally face the Aglaeca and her death curse, and when their first encounter with her was successful they thought they were safe for good but they quickly learned that violence wasn’t the answer. So they decide that the next time they encountered the sea witch, they would appeal to the human inside her. More specifically, the lesbian inside her. So when she shows up, they all start reading her love letters to/from an Englishwoman to her, though it’s not until they say the words they knew by heart that the Aglaeca turned into the lovely visage of Odette.

Nancy reaches for her, tells Odette that she’s not her trauma, she’s not what they did to her. “You are strength and sadness and fear and passion. You were human, you are not forgotten. You are loved.”

Odette leaves in a bit of a storm (in which Nancy and Bess cling to one another JUST SAYING) but it seems their death curse is lifted for now…until they realize the storm knocked loose a harpoon decoration and impaled George. Nancy rushed off and found a magic shroud and brought George back to life, but suddenly the girl who couldn’t make heads or tails of French is singing a French song fluently and Odette is lurking in her reflection, so I think we haven’t seen the last of this lesbian ghostie.

Legacies 305: “This is What It Takes”

Written by Valerie Anne

josie and finch on legacies bein cute

Why yes I AM screaming about how cute this is, thanks for asking.

I still will forever ship Hope and Josie (for example, Josie was the only one to believe Hope before she restored their memories of her after another dip in the Malavore pond) but if I can’t have that, I just want at least one of them to be dating a girl, and it seems like I might get my wish with Josie.

While probably not the one to date Josie, Hope might be starting to find her way back to herself after spending some time in the therapy box. She finds herself in an 80s slasher flick and all her friends are killed off one by one as she searches and searches for Landon. She finally finds herself alone and face to face with the killer and says she lost everything, says the bad guy won, but because she’s Hope Mikaelson, she continues to fight. She bests the baddie only to learn that the killer was Landon. She lost all her friends because she was too focused on her boyfriend. A little on the nose but effective as far as metaphors go.

When Josie goes to orientation at Mystic Falls High, a new player enters the chat. Her name is Finch and her and Josie exchange immediately LOOKS and Finch leads her on a tour of the school. After the tour, Finch calls Josie out on staring at her and Josie asks why Ethan was so shifty with her earlier. Finch admits that she dated Maya and flipped out a bit when she left town, and even though Finch’s whole vibe screamed queer, it was nice to get the facts out of the way right off the bat. Josie, emboldened by the possibility of having something that’s just hers – not her dad’s, not her sister’s, not Hope’s – asks Finch to eat lunch together. They flirt and it’s VERY cute and Finch accepts the offer and as they walk away, Josie briefly loses her cool and smiles all giddy-like. It’s perfectly adorable.

And for the first time in quite a few episodes, I finally have (pardon the expression) hope for the rest of the season.

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American Girl “Girl of the Year” Doll’s Aunts Are a Same-Sex Couple, Delighting Many (and Outraging Some)

American Girl "Girl of the Year" Doll's Aunts Are a

Mattel’s powerhouse American Doll brand recently announced its 2021 “Girl of the Year” doll: 10-year-old Kira, who loves animals. In further backstory from an associated book and video, we discover that Kira is spending the summer at the wildlife sanctuary run by her two aunts, a same-sex couple, in Australia. Such representation is much needed, though some vocal homophobes are giving the book one-star reviews.

Kira Down Under - American Girl

The Kira doll has nothing particularly LGBTQ about her—but in the backstory American Girl has given her through the book and video, Kira has two married aunts, Mamie and Lynette. The book mentions that the aunts got married “after the law was changed to allow it.”

Kira “joins American Girl’s line of contemporary characters that inspires children to make a positive difference in the world,” Mattel’s press release tells us. “Whether she’s caring for an orphaned koala joey or facing a bushfire that’s threatening her great-aunts’ wildlife sanctuary in Australia, Kira confronts critical ecological issues, such as wildlife protection and the threat of climate change, that are more relevant to our planet than ever.”

“As American Girl kicks off its 35th year, Kira joins our lineup of diverse and purposeful characters who star in stories that reflect the realities of the times—whether it’s historical or modern-day,” said Jamie Cygielman, General Manager of American Girl. Cygielman noted the Australian bushfires and U.S. wildfires of the past year and added, “We knew it was important to focus Kira’s story on the major conservation and climate challenges facing our planet today—causes that are extremely important to today’s youth. Through Kira, we hope our fans will learn that we all have a part to play in taking positive action for our planet.”

Those are important lessons—but Kira’s aunts are also having an important impact. Sydney Jean, a blogger on the website American Girl Doll News wrote, “When I found out that Kira had two aunts, Mamie and Lynette, I wanted to cry tears of joy…. it means the world to me that American Girl is taking a big step and representing lesbians—people like me—in their newest book series.” (I’ll note that while they’re clearly a same-sex couple, I’m not sure it’s stated whether they’re lesbians as opposed to bisexual.)

Others were not as thrilled, giving the associated book Kira Down Under one-star reviews at Amazon. One reviewer wrote, “My daughter had no idea what a lesbian couple is and American Girl has cruelly taken away part of her innocence now that I’ve had to explain about that lifestyle.” Another said, “This book blatantly introduces very mature topics.” Spoiler alert: It doesn’t. And the aunts’ “lifestyle” consists of being a hardworking, animal-loving couple who cares for their family. (Also, if I wanted to, I could explain the creation of my family to a child without once mentioning sex, which is probably more than these reviewers could do. Whose family really requires the discussion of “mature” topics?)

As Sydney Jean noted, this isn’t the first time American Girl has been the target of homophobes ire. Some called for boycotting the brand in 2005 because of its support of Girls Inc., which supported the LGBTQ community, and again in 2015, when American Girl magazine featured a girl with two dads. Let’s repeat Cygielman’s words (my bold): “Kira joins our lineup of diverse and purposeful characters who star in stories that reflect the realities of the times.”

Watch the start of Kira’s story—and meet her aunts—in the 10-minute video below, part of a series dropping every Friday. Then check out the book and, wherever you bought or borrowed it, go to Amazon and leave your own review.

Now if American Girl would only launch a transgender girl doll next, I’d be even more excited.

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American Gods star reveals how show inspired her to come out as bisexual

American Gods

Yetide Badaki plays the goddess Bilquis in American Gods (Paul Butterfield/FilmMagic/Getty)

American Gods actor Yetide Badaki has revealed how her role on the show helped her feel comfortable enough to come out as bisexual.

The Nigerian-born American stars in the Neil Gaiman fantasy series as Bilquis, the legendary Queen of Sheba and ancient goddess of love.

Interviewed by Digital Spy ahead of the third series, Badaki spoke of how the “empowering” role helped her find the freedom to be open about her own sexuality.

“I feel like this show is always willing to have these conversations, and always willing to open it up,” she said. “I’ve experienced personally how that kind of open discourse allows for personal freedom.

“I came out as bisexual last year. I would say it’s very much thanks to this show, and the discussions they’re having.”

As she approached the role Badaki found a sense of symbiosis with her character and often found herself asking: “What would Bilquis do?” The discussions she had as she explored this question helped her to “own” her sexuality.

“I was so happy to be having conversations about sexual empowerment and sex positivity, because I think there is so much that goes on in the silence, in the darkness. That’s where things go in the cracks,” she mused.

“But when we are able to own our own sexuality, and actually have conversations around it, that becomes something that’s healthier for everybody involved. I always say that regression comes from repression.

“When you’re actually able to face whatever it is, that’s when growth and evolution can occur. So that’s been something that I’m very proud to be a part of.”

She hinted at what’s to come from season three of American Gods, promising viewers will see “more than one side” to Bilquis – and even a major fight scene.

“I love that we are cementing this idea that love is not passive. It’s not just something that rolls over,” she said. “There is a lot of fire behind love, and there’s a lot of passion behind love. And that love does work to move things forward.”

American Gods season 3 airs on Starz in the US, and on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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Welcome to the Weekend Binge. Every Friday, we’ll suggest a binge-able title designed to keep you from getting too stir crazy. Check back throughout the weekend for even more gloriously queer entertainment.

The Soap: Dawson’s Creek

In case Election 2020 has you down, exhausted, or feeling a bit dirty about 68.7 million Americans who still somehow think Donald Trump is a good idea, never fear: the landmark teen soap Dawson’s Creek has landed on Netflix this week.

Dawson’s Creek invited gasps and grumbling when it hit the airwaves back in 1998 for its depiction of teen sexuality. The good looks and talent of Katie Holmes, James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams attracted the show a loyal audience. The series’ real gravitas, however, came in its depiction of LGBTQ characters, including teenagers coming out and finding love. Actor Kerr Smith played the character of Jack McPhee beginning in Season 2; the third season would see Jack have his first kiss with another boy (the Season 3 finale, in case ya wanna fast forward), with Smith becoming the first actor in the history of US primetime network television to have a passionate kiss with another man. Go figure that writer Greg Berlanti–who would go on to direct The Broken Hearts Club and Love, Simon, as well as executive produce Riverdale, The Flash, Arrow and a host of other series–created the character of Jack when he landed a writing job on the show’s second season.

Hormonal, lurid and groundbreaking, Dawson’s Creek offers up just the nostalgic, cotton candy relief we need right now in the midst of election madness. Watch it…and care about some fictional problems for a while.

Streams on Netflix & Hulu.