Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (September 15, 2006)


Sophie BushIn an article titled "Spare My Bushes" (no, I'm not kidding), the UK tabloid The Sun reports that One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush has developed an ardent lesbian fan following because of her bisexual cheerleader role on Nip/Tuck, and bi-curious one in the new movie John Tucker Must Die (in which she kisses a female classmate).

"I've started getting interesting propositions from some female fans" the tabloid quotes Bush as saying. "(I get) some letters, the barista at a Starbucks I frequent has started asking me if I wouldn't mind playing for the other team. I had to kindly say no, but she makes really great coffee so, I still go in every day! I'm not thinking about it, but I appreciate it greatly!"

In other words, we can bring her coffee, but not breakfast in bed.

In other I'm-not-gay-not-that-there's-anything-wrong-with-that news, actress Scarlett Johanssen (also in The Black Dahlia) is also denying that she goes to our church. According to the rather unreliable tabloid site, Johanssen said, "I wasn't really that bothered by the story about me and Benicio. It wasn't true but it was just ridiculous. I was bothered about the story about me being a lesbian. I got my lawyers involved because it was untrue and it hurt my friend, who has nothing to do with this business. So it was important to me to stop that story."

Hmmm, I'm not sure this interview helps her cause: I didn't know there was a story about her being a lesbian before, but I do now

Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union, meanwhile, recently told Out magazine that she doesn't mind the lesbian rumors about her, saying, "You haven't really made it until you've got the gay rumors. I've tried, but it never seems to take." Union also told Out that when family members questioned her about playing a lesbian in Running With Scissors (not that you can even tell she's even in the movie from its ridiculously de-gayed trailer, but never mind), she replied, "You had no problem when I was in movies as a lap dancer or killing, like, 50 people. Why get riled up when I'm playing someone who happens to find love with another woman?" Then she dramatically ripped up their check, told them to "bring it!" and kicked their ass in a cheerleading competition. (Yes, I have been watching Bring it On again. But have you seen Eliza Dushku in that movie?)

Red Doors opened last weekend in NYC, and opens in San Francisco and L.A. this weekend. Read the producer's diary with behind-the-scenes scoop on making the movie.

The New York Times has begun publishing excerpts (free registration required) from the private journals of recently deceased writer Susan Sontag, in which she talks revealingly about her sexuality ("I am just becoming aware of how guilty I feel being queer" and "My desire to write is connected with my homosexuality. I need the identity as a weapon, to match the weapon that society has against me.")

The Indigo Girls have a new album called Despite Our Differences coming out this Tuesday, September 19th; U.S. readers can listen to the full album now here.

Sarah Waters has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize for her novel The Night Watch.

The Wire has been renewed for a fifth (and final) season by HBO.

Bisexual actress Anne Heche's new dramedy Men in Trees officially premieres tonight on ABC; no lesbian content, but it does feature a racoon with a healthy self-image.

The first episode of the new NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip–which stars out actress Sarah Paulson–is available now to watch online.

The new season of The Amazing Race–which includes a lesbian and her dad–debuts this weekend on CBS. Follow them or perish, sweater monkeys!

That's it for this week! Check back next Friday for a new installment of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. or read past installments here.

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