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Mike Pence attacks ‘liberal’ Joe Biden and vows to ‘cancel cancel culture’

former vice president Mike Pence

Former vice president Mike Pence speaks at an event sponsored by the Palmetto Family organization on 29 April 2021 in Columbia, South Carolina. The address was his first since the end of his vice presidency. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Former vice president Mike Pence vowed in his first speech since leaving office to “push back” on the “far-left agenda” that he believes is wrong for America.

Pence spoke at an event for the Palmetto Family Council – a far-right, anti-LGBT+ conservative Christian organisation – in South Carolina on Thursday (29 April). In his first public appearance since leaving the White House, the former vice president slammed president Biden and his “avalanche of liberal policies”. He said the Biden administration was pushing the “far-left agenda” while praising his administration with the former president, Donald Trump.

“In just 100 days, the Biden-Harris administration has launched an avalanche of liberal policies that threaten to derail all the progress that we made for a safer, more prosperous, more secure America,” Pence said.

He argued that his time working with Trump was the “greatest honour of my life”, and it was “four years of consequence”, “results” and “promises made and promises kept”.

In contrast, Mike Pence said the Biden administration had been “cancelling our most cherished liberties” and that he’d “had enough”. He said it was time for Americans to “stand up and unite behind a positive agenda and win back America”.

“The time has come for freedom-loving Americans to stand up to the far-left agenda of the Biden-Harris administration and say enough is enough,” Pence said. “It’s time to unite behind a positive agenda built upon our highest ideals and win back America.”

He also said the “movement” will “reject critical race theory” in publicly-funded education institutions, and it will “cancel cancel culture wherever it arises”. Pence also said that he planned to use the coming months to push “back on the liberal agenda” that he says is wrong for the country.

It is widely believed that Pence might be setting the stage to run in the 2024 election. Republicans have said the former vice president would be a “strong contender” for a presidential nomination.

In April, he launched a political group called Advancing American Freedom to promote “traditional conservative values” and the “successful policies of the Trump administration”. He said conservatives would not “stand idly by as the radical left”. The group includes other high-profile Republican political and policy advisors including Kellyanne Conway, Newt and Callista Gringrich and Larry Kudlow.

Pence has been shoring up ties with other far-right conservatives. He announced that he would be forging a partnership with the anti-LGBT+ think tank Heritage Foundation. Pence joined as a distinguished visiting fellow to help advise Heritage experts on public policy issues and ensure the organisation “remains the leading conservative voice on solutions to America’s biggest challenges”.

Mike Pence might have to challenge his ex-boss Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in the 2024 election. Trump said in April that he is “beyond seriously” considering another run for the Oval Office because he misses “helping people”.

A few days later, he confirmed that he “100 per cent” was thinking about running again. Trump said he would “certainly consider” his “friend” and viciously anti-LGBT+ Florida governor Ron DeSantis as his running mate. He believed the pair would be “very successful” if they managed to get the nomination.

Pop Culture Fix: A New Star-Crossed Queer Love Vampire Show Is on the Way at Netflix

Pop Culture Fix: A New Star-Crossed Queer Love Vampire Show


Whomst among us has a recommendation for a favorite sleep mask? Your friendly neighborhood soft butch is in the market for one! She also made you this Wednesday Pop Culture Fix.


+ Netflix’s new YA vampire series, First Kill, has a tagline that looks like something out of a fanfic I would click on immediately. Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis are headlining.

In it, when it’s time for teenage vampire Juliette (Hook) to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family, she sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope (Lewis). But much to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter, from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won’t be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for…

+ Niecy Nash chatted with Ellen about her “hersband” and how her daughter helped her try to find a label to fit her.

+ Riverdale actor Lili Reinhart is challenging bisexual sterotypes with her latest tweets.

+ Ruby Rose says she’d be happy to guest star in the Arrowverse.

+ Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon includes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trans milestone.

+ Angela Robinson has inked a big overall deal with Warner Bros.

+ CBS has already renewed Queen Latifah’s Equalizer for a second season.

+ Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault are the live-action Powerpuff Girls.

+ The Prom‘s Caitlin Kinnunen and Bella Ortiz will play “millennial nun leads” in a new CW series.

+ Josie Totah says making Moxie made her feel less alone.

+ Lena Waithe partners with Def Jam to start up Hillman Grad Records.


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Pop Culture Fix: Charlize Theron Was Serious About That Lesbian “Die Hard” Remake, Y’all

Pop Culture Fix: Charlize Theron Was Serious About That Lesbian


You know what I was wishing for today? One of those little spray guns they have (had?) at bars that they spritz seltzer out of right into your glass? Wouldn’t that be cool, and then instead of the other buttons being soda, it could be flavors for your seltzer! Maybe I should just crack and get a SodaStream.


+ Charlize Theron really does want to make that lesbian Die Hard, y’all.

+ Gillian Anderson will play Eleanor Roosevelt in the new Showtime First Ladies series.

+ Lee Daniels on Billie Holiday: “Her imperfection is what made her perfect.”

+ Shadow and Act has an exclusive clip of The United States vs. Billie Holiday!

+ Legends of Tomorrow is moving to Sunday to pair with Batwoman when it returns in May.

+ The many cruelties of I Care a Lot.

+ Lorraine Toussaint on She-Ra, Orange Is the New Black, and The Equalizer.

+ The Director’s Guild of America reports, completely unshocklingly, that women of color are still underrepresented behind the camera.

+ In a recent interview, Zendaya balked at the question “What do you like most in a man?” which Drew is calling “a soft coming out.” 😂

+ It’s a Sin and the untold stories of the women in the AIDS crisis.

+ Netflix’s true crime boom is it a dangerous crossroads.

+ The Black women of Star Wars and how they’re represented.

+ Why don’t TV characters have text history?

+ Best tweet of the week?


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Pop Culture Fix: Last Night’s Sports Games Winners Were The Puppies

Pop Culture Fix: Last Night's Sports Games Winners Were The


+ Even the Puppy Bowl had COVID-induced changes in 2021, but was still THE BEST THING ON TV! There were even six dogs with disabilities this year! The winner of my heart was Xena Warrior Pup, a Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever from Team Ruff!

+ Niecy Nash is taking over for Nick Cannon on The Masked Singer after he tested positive for COVID, meaning that I will now have to acknowledge that The Masked Singer is a real thing that exists.

+ Trixie Mattel is now the co-owner of Wisconsin’s oldest gay bar.

+ SNL’s LGBTQ+ performers assure youth that, yes, it will get better—then incrementally worse.

+ Dan Levy can’t keep his promise to the lesbian M&M’s.

+ Julien Baker gets the band back together.

+ Oh, you want a white history month, do you? Okay then, Amber Ruffin is ready to kick that right off for you.

+ Lilly Singh discussing queerness with Alok Vaid-Menon won late night last week.

+ 185 LGBTQ German actors came out together and called for more diversity on-screen.

+ How Captain Marvel helped WWE star Tegan Nox come out as bisexual.

+ Why Mia Healey feels her lesbian love story on The Wilds is so important.

+ Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie talks about the important legacy of her lesbian character Bill Potts. 

+ Rebecca Hall’s Sundance directorial debut, Passing, starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as two childhood friends, has been picked up by Netflix.

+ JoJo Siwa is making a live-action musical about her life for Nickelodeon.

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1092 articles for us.

Pop Culture Fix: “Batwoman” and “Queen Sugar” Preview Their #BlackLivesMatter Storylines

Pop Culture Fix: "Batwoman" and "Queen Sugar" Preview Their #BlackLivesMatter

I have done the unthinkable this winter: I have gone through two entire tubes of Burt’s Bees chapstick without losing them! I would like to think that shows some real maturity on part, but I think it’s just further proof I only leave my house like once a month to go to the doctor. But! Inside there’s TV, at least! Batwoman especially! And here is this week’s Pop Culture Fix.


+ Regina King is making her SNL hosting debut finally!

+ Lily Singh explores her impact on the internet.

+ And speaking of: Here’s Lily Singh and Javicia Leslie, just a couple of bisexual women of color taking over the world!

+ Javicia Leslie previews Batwoman‘s upcoming Black Lives Matter storyline.

“I think at the end of the day, if you’re part of an institution that you know is not being held accountable for what’s wrong, are you a part of the problem? And that’s something that Ryan forces Sophie to really look at,” star Javicia Leslie tells TVLine. “Yeah, you say that you’re different, but are you really different when you know that there are people that you work with killing people and not being held accountable for those acts just because they’re considered police?”

+ Queen Sugar will also be grappling with the COVID pandemic amid the George Floyd BLM protests in season five.

During the pandemic-related production shutdown, series creator Ava DuVernay decided to “completely revamp the Season 5 storyline to address the very real issues our country was facing through the lens of the beloved Bordelon family and the fictional community of St. Josephine,” OWN explains. Writing alongside returning showrunner Anthony Sparks and supervising producer Norman Vance, DuVernay reconceived the character arcs and storylines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protest movement, and corruption in politics, showcasing the specific impact and ramifications these issues have on communities and people of color.

+ Promising Young Woman writer and director Emerald Fennell explains herself.

+ Hunter Schafer on co-writing last night’s episode of Euphoria.

+ Euphoria‘s full second season will begin filming in March.

+ Here’s Black Lightning‘s season four trailer!

+ You can watch this year’s Sundance films from the comfort of your own home! GLAAD has a rundown of the gay ones.

+ A Black Lady Sketch Show head writer Lauren Ashley Smith is set to write and executive produce the U.S. remake of British comedy Timewasters, and count me in! ABLSS was some excellent science fiction!

+ Natasha Cloud reflects on her coming out journey.

+ Kristen Stewart makes more many than any other LGBTQ celeb (Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor also cracked the top five).

+ Witness the true story of one woman and her car.

+ From MTV Australia: What Francesca Farago’s new relationship means to a bisexual like me.

+ Disenchantment just confirmed Bean is queer in groundbreaking episode.

+ The history of Xena and Gabrielle.

+ Queen Sugar‘s season five trailer!

+ JoJo Siwa is the happiest she’s ever been since coming out.

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1085 articles for us.

Pop Culture Fix: Bette and Tina are Back at it in “The L Word: Generation Q” Season 2 Table Read

Pop Culture Fix: Bette and Tina are Back at it


Someone dropped a bag of popcorn(?) on the sidewalk in front of my house last night, and an army of pigeons has descended upon it, and my cat Dobby is going BERSERK at the window. He’s never seen so many birds in his entire life, and they’re getting a treat he’s not getting, and, friend, he’s screaming about all of it. His constant chirping and hollering honestly sounds like the inside of my brain as I keep one eye on the impeachment hearings and type up this Pop Culture Fix with my other eye.


+ Rosie posted an Insta story from a table read for season two of The L Word: Generation Q, and the main thing the internet is noting is that Tina’s back. It’s actually kind of amazing that three hundred years after the original L Word, our TV Team still has so many feelings — good and bad — about these two! They still punch my heart in the neck!

+ The full trailer for season three of grown-ish is here.

+ Meet Batwoman season 2 big bad Safiyah in new first look. Also! Batwoman boss confirms Black Mask is season 2’s other big bad.

+ Why Batwoman didn’t recast Ruby Rose’s role.

+ Miss Honey is the original cottagecore lesbian.

+ Stop doomscrolling and watch the Fran Lebowitz documentary on Netflix.

+ Netflix’s first inclusion report confesses there’s a lot to be done in terms of diversity at the streaming platform, especially with Latinx folks. You know what would have made a huge difference in these numbers? ONE DAY AT A TIME.

+ Lilly Singh returns to remind us, when it comes to Trump’s coup, it’s the white supremacy, stupid.

+ Here’s your first look at Tig Notaro in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead.

+ Lesbian film Frozen 2 was the most streamed movie of 2020.

+ This is the weirdest headline! Of course they ran away! Ellen DeGeneres Learned of COVID Diagnosis on ‘Ellen’ Set: ‘Everyone Around Me Ran Away’

+ This is a really interesting read: In favor of the queer mediocrity of Ammonite.

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Pop Culture Fix: “Impulse” Star Maddie Hasson Casually Comes Out as Bisexual on Instagram

Pop Culture Fix: "Impulse" Star Maddie Hasson Casually Comes Out


Even though we’ve been living in NYC for many years now, Stacy and I still get a hankering for suburb restaurant chain food — and, well, we just found out we can order Panera to be delivered! Soup in a bread bowl is on its way to my house right now! And this Pop Culture Fix is on its way to you!


+ Impulse star Maddie Hasson casually came out as bisexual on Instagram.

+ Thanks to WNBA players, American democracy has a fighting chance.

+ 😁

+ Meryl Streep, Rashida Jones and Laverne Cox partner with Sarah Jones for sex-industry documentary Sell/Buy/Date

+ Regina King: Long May She Reign.

+ Emily VanDerWerff wonders if Wonder Woman 1984 would work better as a season of TV.

+ Demi Lovato wonder why Diana and Barbara didn’t end up together.

+ Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars talk about its queer, inclusive legacy.

+ A whole new Batwoman poster!

+ When COVID cut off the stage, movies provided much-needed theatre magic.

+ The last fan fiction I ever wrote.

+ How female protagonists in The Queen’s Gambit and Unorthodox carved out space amid a man’s world.

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1076 articles for us.

Pop Culture Fix: F*ck Yeah, Javicia Leslie Does Her Own “Batwoman” Stunts

Pop Culture Fix: F*ck Yeah, Javicia Leslie Does Her Own


Well hi there, friend! Here is your Wednesday Pop Culture Fix, before a (hopefully) long weekend! 


+ Finding Forester is getting a TV reboot, but!

“The project will follow along the same lines as the Gus Van Sant-directed film, in which Connery plays an eccentric author who finds himself the mentor of a young Black teen, Jamal, played by Rob Brown. But, one of the big differences between the film and the TV show will be that Connery’s character will be retconned into a ‘reclusive lesbian author whose career was ruined by a public scandal.’ Also, both characters will be Black.

+ The sexiest chess locations in The Queen’s Gambit.

+ Emily VanDerWerff watched and dissected the Frozen movies with a kindergartener.

+ As Carmen noted in Also.Also.Also yesterday — along with a brief marriage proposal — Chika, Brandi Carlile, and Phoebe Bridgers Bisexual are all nominated for Grammys. Also? Rachel Maddow!

+ Make room for messy bisexuals on-screen.

+ Amber Riley’s big year — finally! — continues: She’s got a new musical comedy called Dream in the works at ABC.

+ Heather Matarazzo and Shannon Purser on playing lesbian icons in Equal.

+ Jenna Lyons is back.

+ Never Have I Ever has started production for season two.

+ Kristen Stewart hopes Happiest Season feels cathartic for queer viewers.

+ Autism rights activists are asking Sia to cancel her seriously ableist Music movie.

+ The Transgender Film Center is offering grants to trans filmmakers. I, for one, am excited to see what Drew does with her money. 🙂

+ Wowowow! Here’s a movie you haven’t heard about in a long time: The funny, stylish Jennifer’s Body was an unjust victim of Diablo Cody backlash.

+ Javicia Leslia yelling “fuck yeah!” while doing stunts for Batwoman is everything I wanted to see today.

More stunts:

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Okay bye!

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1059 articles for us.

Pop Culture Fix: Kristen Stewart Knows She Was Cagey About Being Queer, She Just Needed a Dang Minute

Pop Culture Fix: Kristen Stewart Knows She Was Cagey About

Well and hello again! This morning I am making our team rank lesbian hauntings, so stay tuned for that later this week — in the meantime, please enjoy this Pop Culture Fix. 


+ I really love this interview between Kristen Stewart and Clea DuVall in In Style; I think you will like it too!

The first time I ever dated a girl, I was immediately being asked if I was a lesbian. And it’s like, “God, I’m 21 years old.” I felt like maybe there were things that have hurt people I’ve been with. Not because I felt ashamed of being openly gay but because I didn’t like giving myself to the public, in a way. It felt like such thievery. This was a period of time when I was sort of cagey. Even in my previous relationships, which were straight, we did everything we could to not be photographed doing things — things that would become not ours. So I think the added pressure of representing a group of people, of representing queerness, wasn’t something I understood then. Only now can I see it. Retrospectively, I can tell you I have experience with this story. But back then I would have been like, “No, I’m fine. My parents are fine with it. Everything’s fine.” That’s bullshit. It’s been hard. It’s been weird. It’s that way for everyone.

+ Also, she’s answering your fan mail!

+ Janelle Monáe closes the first season of Lovecraft Country with a virtual reality concert experience.

+ The AV Club made a list of 14 shows that should do animated episodes and some of your faves sure are on there.

+ Demi Lovato reveals the exact moment she knew she was queer.

+ The cast of GLOW reunited to talk about voting and their show’s unceremonious cancellation.

+ Dove Cameron says Liv from her Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie was bisexual.

+ Whoopi says she WILL make Sister Act 3! (Oh, happy day!)

+ 🙂

+ Here’s a Dickinson season two trailer for you, and also news that the series has been confirmed for season three!

+ The Social Justice Now Film Festival will feature Michael B. Jordan’s Just Mercy and Fruitvale Station on opening night at Paramount’s Drive-In Theater.

+ Please enjoy Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters set from New Yorker Fest.

+ Your first look at Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of The Prom is here!

+ Kate Mulgrew will play Captain Janeway again on a Nickelodeon Star Trek cartoon!

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1029 articles for us.

Pop Culture Fix: Lexa Gets The Last Laugh on “The 100” Series Finale

Pop Culture Fix: Lexa Gets The Last Laugh on "The

A Pop Culture Fix upon you this day, my friends! 


+ Hey, guess who came back for The 100 series finale, kinda? Lexa! Kinda! I actually think it was an avatar of Lexa maybe. I’ve read several recaps and it sounds like a little bit of a mess to be honest, but, I think(!) the point is that Clake manifested Lexa in her imagination to be the judge of her afterlife and then they walked on the beach together. Or something. Anyway, Lexa lives on in Clarke’s heart and mind and that’s more than you can say for Bellamy who she stabbed in the gizzard a few episodes ago. 🏄‍♀️

+ The secret history of video game music’s female pioneers.

+ Miranda July’s enduring love for the weirdo in all of us.

+ Bex Taylor-Klaus has joined the new ABC procedural, Triage, “a character-driven medical drama that follows pioneering surgeon Finley Briar (Fitz-Henley) over three distinct decades at the same hospital.” They will play “Leonora/Leo, the gender fluid youngest first-year intern at New York Trinity and mentee of Finley (Fitz-Henley).”

+ !!!!!!!!!!

+ Speaking of Ryan Murphy projects, he’s making a Jeffrey Dahmer drama because of course he is.

+ Chelsea Tavares, who plays Patience on All American, has been promoted to series regular for season three!

+ Sanam Yar profiled Lili Reinhart in the New York Times this weekend. If Lexa hadn’t risen from the grave (kind of), surely I would have made this into the Pop Culture Fix headline: “She first began to question her sexuality around the fifth grade, she said. ‘I remember Googling ‘Playboy’ and ‘boobs.’ I wanted to see women, I was so interested. And then just kind of, as I got older, I was realizing that I was attracted to these women. I wanted to look like them, but I also was attracted to them.’”

+ Warner Bros. will be adapting a feature film based on Black, Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith’s comic series where only Black people have superpowers. It’s a really good comic!

+ Before Korrasami, Avatar’s creators hinted at a queer romance between… Momo & Appa!? 

+ The 100 sequences that shaped animation.

+ Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Misbehaviour, “San Junipero,” and becoming a pop star for Beyond The Lights.

+ LESBIANS!

+ How to dress like your favorite Schitt’s Creek character.

+ Here’s how SNL and Kate McKinnon paid tribute to RBG.

+ Taraji P. Henson will host a talkshow on mental health on Facebook Watch.

+ Hulu’s First Day shows trans kids they’re not alone.

+ Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is back so soon and AV Club has an exclusive clip!

+ Vampires vs. The Bronx thrusts a wooden stake into the heart of gentrification.

+ Carmen agrees!

Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heather has written 1025 articles for us.