Morning Brew – Tuesday, March 15: Lizzie Borden miniseries coming to HBO, basketball supercouple Laine Selwyn and Sheri Sam


Good morning!

I went to see MEN last night while they were in Chicago, and it was a political dance party, just like I like it to be. Check out this fun interview with JD Samson, Tami Heart and Michael O’Neill.

Remember that woman who attempted to break into Ellen and Portia‘s house? She pled no contest to misdemeanor trespassing and has been given three months probation as well as being ordered to stay far away from the couple The judge specifically said, “You can’t e-mail them, have a friend contact them, and you can’t have third party contact with them.” To which I ask, how do I get ahold of those e-mail addresses? (Just kidding.)

Ilana Zeffren is behind the first ever traveling exhibit about Jewish women who use graphic novels and comics to tell their stories. The out lesbian artist told about the genesis of Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women and how she got into her own work.

I got into comics after a dramatic break-up with my first girlfriend. After I stopped sobbing, I realized that what happened was actually kind of funny and ridiculous, so I made a comics strip about it.

Ilana has a weekly comic panel in Tel Aviv, which she says she draws “my girlfriend, our two talking cats and me.” So gay.

Head of EA Games Frank Gibeau told Industry Gamers that he laughs it off when Fox News mentions how horrible their video games are.

I loved it when Fox News did the lesbian aliens on Mass Effect. I love when they covered the Taliban; I loved it when they covered the Bulletstorm stuff. Look, when you’re building new IPs and you’re building games and you’re looking at an entertainment audience, they see a lot of messages. Controversy isn’t a bad thing. I personally believe you should court controversy. You should do it in a way that matches the creative integrity of the game. You shouldn’t do it in a gratuitous way, but if it matches the creativity of the game.

That’s right — and we thought those lesbian aliens were creative and had total integrity.

A woman named Nicki Pike was married to a suicide bomber who took aim at London’s Russell Square in 2005. The traumatic event, which killed 52 people, inspired Nicki, apparently, to go gay. The Sun reports that Nicki said, “I can’t trust men; I’m a lesbian now.” The article goes on to say she has a girlfriend and that they plan to get married. I’m still reeling over the headline: “7/7 Bomb Nut Turned Me Gay.” I’m pretty sure you were gay before that, Nicki, but your gaydar could have been malfunctioning.

HBO is developing a miniseries about Lizzie Borden, the infamous woman who allegedly murdered her parents in 1892 by crushing their skulls with a hatchet. She’s rumored to be a lesbian, which is either because she was single and over the age of 20 or because she was a crazy axe murderer. (Also, she reportedly had an affair with an actress.)

Chloe Sevigny is behind the project and is going to play the leading role as well as serving as executive producer. Let’s hope the lesbian speculation plays a part in the mini-series.

One of the girls in Blacktino, a film premiering at SXSW this week, is thought to be bisexual by her peers. She defends herself in the trailer: “It was one time!”

GoodLife Fitness in Canada is censoring Christina Aguilera‘s song “Not Myself Tonight” when it plays in their exercise centers. The line “I’m kissing all the boys and the girls” has been cut down to “I’m kissing all the boys.” AKA it’s OK to be kissing everyone in the room, as long as they have male parts. Dumb.

Professional basketball players Laine Selwyn and Sheri Sam were featured in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot in which they talked about playing as competitors on the court but living together as partners outside of the game. Sheri is American and also plays in the WNBA as part of the Detroit Shock, but goes back on the court overseas on the off-season.

AE reader Evie gave us the rundown on the article and what it had to say:

They are both very competitive, so much that Sheri didn’t speak to Laine for three days after Ramla swept Holon in the playoff’s quarter finals 3:0. Laine’s parents know Sheri, Sheri’s mom knows about Laine but did not meet her yet. Sheri will go back to the USA for the season while Laine continues to fight for three titles and will go home only in May, but Laine promised Sheri a vacation soon after; Laine is a very talented painter, Sheri says proudly. Sheri says she does not feel discriminated as a lesbian. Their relationship was no secret to the Israeli basketball community.

Very cool, although I hope they can manage to speak to one another after wins and losses against one another as long as their teams face off. That’s got to be tough to come home to!

Today in Lesbianish TV: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), Rescue Renovation (DIY 11 a.m.), Caroline Rhea & Friends (Showtime2 12 p.m.), Design On a Dime (HGTV 1:30 p.m.), The Talk (CBS 2 p.m.), Dog Whisperer (National Geographic 2 p.m.), Ghost Whisperer (Ion 3 p.m.), Bang For Your Buck (HGTV 5 p.m.), D.E.B.S. (IFC 7 p.m.), Glee (Fox 8 p.m.), The Biggest Loser: Couples (NBC 8 p.m.), The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC 9 p.m., midnight, 4 a.m.), Wanda Sykes on The Tonight Show (NBC 11:35 p.m.), Jane Lynch on Jimmy Kimmel and Make Room For Multiples (TLC Wed 9:30 a.m.) (Thanks Roni!)

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