Morning Brew – Friday, January 21: LaKisha Hoffman returns to “The Amazing Race” as the only lesbian, Cat Cora supports seals


It’s Friday! Are you psyched? I’m psyched.

Jennifer Lawrence (aka brilliant new young star of Winter’s Bone) is in the new X-Men: First Class film, and she told The Hollywood Reporter she had some fun with other women on set. She plays the completely-blue Mystique, so she had to be hand painted every day by seven women “all up in her business.” (Do you see where this is going?)

“Nothing’s sacred anymore. Those girls and I got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover. It’s what you guys imagine we do: One naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her.”

Lucky lucky stagehands!

Cat Cora has joined up with Chefs for Seals, to help stop the Canadian seal slaughter. Can you imagine Cat Cora holding a baby seal? I’m pretty sure that’d be the ultimate in adorable.

Author Erin McHugh has a trailer for her upcoming book, The L Life. You’ll recognize many (or all) of the famous L faces.

Stargate Universe could get picked up by another network, at least that’s the hope. One of the show’s producers, Joseph Mallozzi, has been writing about the option on his personal blog, so I hope Ming Na hasn’t started looking for another job yet.

UK viewers, are you into out fashion guru Mary Portas and her show, Mary, Queen of Shops? The second series has moved to Channel 4, so don’t forget to watch her on the new network.

Remember when the Smithsonian pulled the video, Fire in the Belly, from the Hide/Seek Exhibit? It was because of the GOP. Are you shocked? Yeah, me neither.

Pariah premiered at Sundance last night and it’s getting rave reviews. The L.A. Times talked with director Dee Rees about how different her film is, and her experience trying to get financial help to have the feature made.

“You say, ‘black’ — ‘Oh no,'” she said recounting a (hypothetical?) meeting with financiers. “You say, ‘lesbian’ — ‘Oh no.’ You say, ‘coming of age,’ they’re like, ‘Next meeting.'”

That’s when you turn to the lesbians, and they give you money on Kickstarter, as Dee did. And now that the film is getting several thumbs up, we can only hope to see it on our screens soon. That’s the reward! has listed their 10 Best Lesbian Romance Movies. I mean, I like Gia and all, but it’s not super romantic.

I’m really into Freja Beha Erichsen‘s new ad campaign for Chanel. Of course, she’s not alone.

Jean Podrasky is a lesbian, and she is the cousin of Chief Justice John Roberts, this month’s Fortune magazine cover subject. She’s interviewed for the piece on him, in which she is asked if they ever talk politics.

“I don’t know John that well, but he’s always been very kind to our family. I really would never disrespect him by asking him about his cases.”

Hopefully his knowing a lesbian (who is in a happy, loving relationship with her partner who she hopes to marry) will give him some insight on how important his position and pull is, and how he can affect someone like his cousin, Jean. Because even if he doesn’t have to see lesbians on a daily basis, he has to face Jean during family get-togethers.

Debbie Friedman passed away more than a week ago, and there are still arguments over if she was a lesbian and if she tried to hide it. JWeekly has a piece including statements from several people close to her, mostly those who say “Stay out of her private life!”

Someone a little more open is LaKisha Hoffman, who will return to the Amazing Race on Feb. 20. She first appeared on the 14th season with her sister, Jennifer. LaKisha is a 30-year-old basketball coach who lives in the Bronx, and when she was first on the show, her sexuality was never mentioned. But she told RealityWanted after her elimination it was only left out because producers were attempting to put her and Jennifer in the “Athletic Sisters” box and they already had a gay couple on the show.

LaKisha (left) and Jennifer then and now

“I think it was CBS’ decision just because this is a race so I think [the teams] have certain labels and we were ‘the athletic sisters’ and they really wanted to focus on that aspect of our relationship. And I think they did a great job of that because from the beginning of the race with us adjusting to each other to the end of the race [with] us really supporting and working well as a team, I think they really captured that.

“And you know, it’s just one of those things where I have big breadth. There’s different characteristics of me that make me who I am, from being a woman, to being African-American, to being a sister… it could be as a teacher… it could be as a lesbian. You know there’s so many aspects of me so I guess they picked what they felt would really be fitting for us at that moment.

“No, that wasn’t my decision because my family knows about me and my friends know about me.”

I am definitely rooting for team lesbian sisters!

Today in lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Ghost Whisperer (Ion 4 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m.), Rachel Maddow on Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO 10 p.m.), Out of Practice (Universal HD 10 p.m.), Portlandia (IFC 10:30 p.m.), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz, 10 p.m.) and Cat Cora on The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Food Network 10:30 p.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

Have a swell weekend.

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