Morning all! Are you recovering OK from your VMAs viewing party or True Blood finale fiesta? We’ll have a full rundown on the awards show for you today, but I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.
First, Robyn deserved a longer performance. Second, as @thestephers told me about before I had the chance to watch, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj were eyeroll-worthy while on stage talking about men, and Lady Gaga and Cher were born to collaborate. Make this happen!
On to the lesbian news!
The Daily Brink is a new online magazine that launched today with a butch lesbian boxer as its cover subject. Patricia Manuel is a 25-year-old member of the USA Boxing Team and will be the first female boxer to compete for the US in the 2012 Olympics. In the interview with The Daily Brink, Manuel says being herself is inspiring to her, but also the hardest part of her career.
I, for one, am glad to know about her, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
French filmmaker Claude Chabrol passed away over the weekend. Chabrol’s film Les Biches (The Does) was about a lesbian relationship breaking up when a man enters the picture.
We could blame him for starting the trend, but we’ll just say RIP.
One Bloody Thing After Another is a new book about zombies, but that’s the least of the characters’ worries. As a reviewer notes, “…everyone has problems, be it a ghost mother, a zombie mother, a stupid dog or being a lesbian.” Being a lesbian is a problem? I thought it was a magical gift to share with all the ladies in the world, before they eat my brains.
Mila Kunis won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her role in Black Swan. Despite being the festival’s opening film, that was the only award it received. The Queer Lion Award went to En el futuro for “portraying and displaying, in short episodes, spontaneous and solid love, regardless of whether it is straight or gay.”
Jeanne Cooper has played Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless since 1973, so she’s seen her share of drama (and husbands). In an interview with Smashinginterviews.com, she discusses soap operas having gay storylines, specifically the possibility of one on Y&R:
Victor Newman! My Grandma loves him. She’d freak if he turned out gay, which is probably why it needs to happen. Still, I’d prefer some lesbians on Y&R myself. Let’s not forget Clementine Ford is on the show.
On a recent episode of the TNT series Memphis Beat, viewers were introduced to Sgt. Birdie Thorpe, an out lesbian detective played by M. Denise Lee. Here’s the whole episode, in which she puts her sexually harassing male co-workers in their place.
Screened.com has a column called “30 Days of Hate: Scraping the Bottom of the Netflix Instant Barrel,” where they review the movies Netflix subscribers can watch on their computers. One recent pick is Evil Remains, a horror flick from the director of SLC Punk. Screened.com writes that Estella Warren and Ashley Scott “have an amusingly unconvincing lesbian relationship that eventually morphs into Scott flipping her shit like a soap opera mental patient, and Warren basically looking unamused the entire time.” Sounds like one of those films you watch when you want a really good laugh and have some time to waste.
Mischa Barton says she regrets how her character, Marissa, acted on The O.C.. While on the UK show When Fearne Met Mischa, Barton said:
Let’s hope she’s not referring to Marssa’s foray into bisexuality with Olivia Wilde. But yes, Mischa, we blame you for reality TV.
The Guardian penned an in-depth profile of Sinead O’Connor where you learn about her house, her feelings about Catholicism, her career and her new love of three-piece suits. If you’re a fan of hers, or simply one of those fascinated by her eccentricity, I recommend reading it.
Randee Heller plays Jon Hamm‘s secretary on Mad Men, where her job is to make him coffee and make him not want to have sex with her. Heller once played a lesbian inSoap, which she talked about with New York Magazine:
We don’t blame you, Randee. Back then, TV writers assumed lesbians were all just looking for the right man or thisclose to offing themselves. Some things never change.
And while we’re on the topic of Mad Men, lesbian Joyce is back in this preview for next week’s episode.
Are “lesbian hijinks” kind of like “lesbian weirdness” that Sookie spoke of on True Blood?
Come back for more fun stuff today.