Morning Brew – Friday, April 22: Kelly McGillis doesn’t want to be a role model, Mel Gibson on Jodie Foster


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Two lesbians in Canada have won their lawsuit against comedian Guy Earle for calling them as “f–king c–ts,” “stupid c–ts,” “stupid dykes” and “f–king dyke c–ts,” on stage in 2007. Apparently that’s the best he could come up with. Limited vocabulary! The women won $22,500. has an in-depth profile of opera singer Anne Sofie Von Otter and the queerness of the genre in general.

An excerpt:

This warped kinship with Winterson’s characters is yet another reason for von Otter’s prominence in the pantheon of queer icons. In particular, icons to queer women, as there is often a disparity between lesbian and gay icons in the opera world. Which does not mean that only queer women fall for Otter: everybody falls for Otter, women, men, children and animals of all persuasions, but they will have to write their own paeans.

If you like opera, you’ll love this story.

Mel Gibson has finally given an interview where he discusses pretty much everything, including his friendship with Jodie Foster:

I’d give her a pedicure every day of the week if I could. We met on Maverick many years ago. I realized that one has a perception — everyone gets preconceptions. She totally surprised me. I knew she was bright, so that didn’t surprise me. She was really bright. And she was pragmatic and extremely sensitive and a good heart, a real good heart. So how could you not become friends? We became fast friends and we maintained that over the years.

We’ve both had our different little journeys. It’s untraditional. But there are a lot of things we have in common. I can empathize with her. From four years of age, she’s been out there. And it’s not that for me, but almost, because I was a baby when I started. I was probably more developmentally arrested at the age of 21 than she was at four. [Laughs] You couldn’t get two people who are more diametrically opposed on everything that they think about religion and politics than what we do. But there is a core of goodness there that’s undeniable and I just love her.

In short, he also loved her in Taxi Driver.

Two new interviews with Kelly McGillis provide you with a look at how much she doesn’t want to be a lesbian icon and that she doesn’t care to talk much about her personal life. When Michael Musto asked going through some “dark spells” with her partner, Melanie, she asked if they could stick to talking about the movie. And with The Advocate, she tells them why she doesn’t want to be a role model:

… what a terrible burden and a huge responsibility that is. Listen, my life has been screwed up. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and dumb choices in my life. I’ve had some really crazy things happen, mostly of my own doing. Do I really want to think of myself as a role model? I don’t think so. The truth is, if anything, I would like to be seen as a human being doing the best I can with what I’ve been given, and as someone who muddled through somehow and didn’t kill anybody.

Also, she doesn’t plan on writing a tell-all memoir in the near future, so stop asking for it at Barnes and Noble.

PrideSource interviewed Kim Cattrall and asked how she felt about her Sex and the City co-star Cynthia Nixon coming out. She said:

I was very happy for her. I saw the pictures of her, and also just from being around her, and she just seemed so fulfilled. Christine (Marinoni) is just wonderful. They’re a terrific couple. And I’m very pleased about the baby.

I feel like I need to adopt her use of “I’m very pleased” for things like babies. “I’m very pleased” that someone was born. I’m very pleased that Cynthia came out. Please don’t make another Sex and the City movie.

Amber Heard showed up looking fierce (per usual) at an Evening of Cocktails and Shopping to Benefit the Children’s Defense Fund in Los Angeles this week.

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Police Women of Memphis (OWN 2 p.m.), Buffy (Logo 2 p.m.), Ghost Whisperer (Ion 4 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Degrassi (TeenNick 9 p.m.) and Cat Cora on The Best Thing I Ever Ate(Food Network 10:30 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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