Friday, February 16, 2018

My Weekend Gun Control Now

It’s easy to get despondent about all the senseless gun violence in America. Very, very easy. Why do we keep letting angry men unfettered access to the weapons of war? Why are they allowed to commit mass murder in a matter of seconds? Why can a 19-year-old kid buy an assault rifle? Oh, yeah – because too many Republican lawmakers are bought and paid for by the NRA. And the money the GOP receives from this terrorist organization is more important than keeping children safe in school or fans safe at a concert or parishioners safe in a church or revelers safe at a nightclub or workers safe at an office. All this terrible carnage.

But you know what? Enough. Enough of being held hostage by the NRA. Enough allowing the 25 percent of Americans who own all of its guns dictate our gun policy. Enough with tolerating 18 school shootings so far this year. Enough of this senseless death.

But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The students who saw their classmates and their teachers and their coaches shot dead in front of them. The students who cowered in closets for hours, hiding from a young man who was allowed to buy an AR-15 assault rifle and then used it to take 17 innocent lives. The students who are mad at hell at our country’s lax gun laws, and aren’t going to take it anymore.

Students like these, all survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida this week:

And this student, David Hogg.

At a vigil last night they chanted, “No more guns!

America did nothing when an angry young man with an AR-15 assault rifle killed 20 elementary school kids. The deaths of so many 6- and 7-year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary did not move our lawmakers to try to stop the next one.

But maybe the righteous anger of a bunch of teenagers will. And a little child will lead them all. Happy weekend and demand sensible gun control now, all.

UPDATE: This is Emma Gonzalez. Remember her name and know the students of Marjory Stonrman Douglas High School will change the world if only we will listen.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why Hello, New Robot Overlords

Oh, in all the commotion I’ve forgotten to talk about the new “Westworld” trailer. It’s a show I’ve grown to appreciate more and more as it reveals itself. Yes, it’s a slow and strange burn. But, if this the trailer is any indication, the robots are ready to rise up and kick our asses. Given today’s geopolitical climate, I say bring it on – especially if our new robot overlords look like Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Carol-entines Day

Dearest Kittens,

May someone flirt with you as boldly as Carol Aird flirts with Therese Belivet this Valentine’s Day. Or – alternately or concurrently – may you love yourself as effortlessly as Carol Aird lifts herself off the floor. But, seriously, that’s serious gracefulness goals. Have a great day filled with love and a possible rewatch of “Carol.” Hey, it couldn’t hurt.

Ms. Snarker

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Olympic Scream Queens

One of my favorite things about watching the Olympics is seeing the unfiltered emotion coming from all the female athletes. Women, all too often in society, are told to strictly monitor their emotions. Don’t be too friendly. Don’t be too cold. Smile. Smile less. Be happy, but not unladylike. Ugh, how I hate the world unladylike. But at the Olympics, women are allowed to express their inner roar. They can yell and scream and howl and ROAR all they want. Sure, it’s sometimes a little easier to spot at the Summer Olympics because there’s so much less clothing. Those big, bulky winter uniforms and helmets and mirrored goggles can make it more challenging to see – but no less satisfying.

So here are some Olympics screams from some very, very talented female athletes – may we see many, many more as the Games go on.

Mirai Nagasu, USA, figure skating

The first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics (and only the third woman overall to land one at the Games – behind Japan’s Midori Ito in 1992 and Mao Asada in 2010 and 2014.

Summer Britcher, USA, luge

The lugers are the athletes I’d most like walking beside me in a dark alley. Just sayin'.

Anastasiya Kuzmina, Slovakia; Anais Bescond, France; Laura Dahlmeier, Germany; biathlon

Those are your silver, bronze and gold medal winners of the 10Km pursuit biathalon(L-R), all thrilled out of their minds. Oh, and they are pretty good in a dark alley, too, what with their sharp shooting.

Nika Kriznar, Slovenia, ski jumping

She came in seventh on the normal hill, but that is a happy, happy seventh.

Chloe Kim, USA, snowboard

A gold medal winner and instant legend at age 17. So, you know, not too shabby.

Ireen Wust, Netherlands, speed skating

How are the out gay ladies doing in Pyeongchang? Well bisexual speed skater Ireen won the gold in the 1,500 – making her the first Winter Olympian to win individual gold medals at four consecutive Games. So pretty well, thanks.

p.s. Because it is also a Tuesday, here’s Ireen in a tank top. For science!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Is Coming Out

The Winter Games are here! The Winter Games are here! It’s the most wonderful every-four years, of the years. Does that make sense? Oh well, who cares. It’s that time of the lifetime again when I fall in love with all things Olympics. This year, as in years past, my plan is to watch as much of the women’s events as possible. And besides rooting for the home team, I will be rooting for the homo team. Nudge, nudge, see what I did there? Stop judging, I’m excited. It’s the Olympics!

The out lesbian and bisexual women at the 2018 Winter Games:

Belle Brockhoff, Australia, Snowboard Cross

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Austria, Ski Jumping

Barbara Jezersek, Australia, Cross-Country Skiing

Cheryl Maas, The Netherlands, Snowboard

Ireen Wüst, The Netherlands, Speed Skating

So, who are you rooting for this Olympics? Besides The Gay, of course.

Friday, February 09, 2018

My Weekend Crush

I’ve been trying to decide whether I liked the “Natalie’s Rap 2.” It’s taken me a little while, because of my absolute love of the first one - obviously, but I’ve decided I like it – a lot. Sure, it’s not as surprising and therefore memorable as the first one. But Natalie Portman rapping against type is always internet gold. The “Star Wars” prequels stuff in particular was amaze-ing. Plus, she gets the ultimate wish fulfillment of all women and throws a “Well, actually”-ing male out the window.

It’s highly recommend you watch them both back-to-back, on a loop.

I guess you could describe my sexuality on any given day is Natalie Portman Rapping. But, then, I suspect that is true for most of us. Happy weekend, all.

p.s. My sexuality can also be described as Natalie and Mila’s insane brain (and other parts) melting sex scene from “Black Swan.”

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Annihilate the Patriarchy

You ever seen a photo and think, “Yeah, this gets me.” Well, that’s how I feel looking at this promo still from the new film “Annihilation.” This still is kind of everything I’m looking for from a movie right now. A tough, smart gang of diverse women who are heavily armed on a world-saving mission while some sport alternative lifestyle haircuts. Like I was saying, this gets me.

p.s. As further proof this movie is possibly perfect, Oscar Isaac’s character is legit only described as “Lena’s husband” in the credits. Lena is Natalie Portman’s biologist character. Identifying men only by their association with powerful women? Burn, patriarchy, burn.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Disobey This

Good news, the trailer for “Disobedience” was recently released. Better news, the infamous “spit” scene is nowhere to be seen. Look, I’m still incredibly excited to see “Disobedience” because any movie where Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams have a passionate relationship is incredibly exciting. But the whole sensual spitting scene put me a bit off (I want it to not be gross, but I just can’t see how).

Still the trailer gets me back on the very excited track. It conveys the claustrophobia of forbidden love – and lust. It’s filled with the quiet, devastating strain caused by living a life of restriction and denial. Plus, OK, it’s pretty hot when Rachel and Rachel kiss.

So, thoughts, did the trailer make you more/less excited for this film?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Oh, Canadian TV

If you heard a loud, piercing squeal sometimes yesterday afternoon it was just me. I was just reacting to news that Megan Follows was joining the cast of “Wynonna Earp” in a recurring role as Momma Earp. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL!

This is Emily Andras making all of my wildest Canadian dreams come true. You all already know how much I love, love, love (love, love, love) Anne of Green Gables and Megan Follows. Interviewing Megan a few years ago was a fantasy bucket list accomplishment. And now, holy cow, is this just wonderful, wonderful casting.

I cannot wait to see the layers and loveliness that Megan brings to the show. She has always been a ferocious actress, capable of conveying intellect and introspection so clearly. I have no doubt she will be perfect as Momma Earp. In fact I cannot wait.

Also perfect, Emily’s response to casting Megan:

Thank you so much, Canada, for giving us something so great to look forward to in 2018.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Super Non-Conforming

So the Super Bowl was kinda interesting. The halftime show was kinda meh. And the ads were kinda blah. Sure, the Tide ad was maybe sorta kinda funny. But two ads did stand out. One was the Coke ad that made history for using the “them/they” pronoun. It might seem like a little thing, but for the non-binary and gender non-confirming it’s a wonderful recognition during the biggest national televised event of the year. The thing that people who rail about PC culture don’t get, and have no doubt never contemplated, is how big something so small can feel when you’ve never felt seen before. Calling a person why the correct pronoun hurts no one, but instead makes another human being feel acknowledged and respected. It takes so little to simply be kind and inclusive, so why not try it.

The other ad was also gender-norm defying in a fun and inclusive way. It was, for all things, the NFL. As I watched I braced internally for the probably inevitable “no-homo” to ruin everything. But it never came. It was just delightful from start to finish. I guess that makes up for all the lingering brain trauma from concussions and domestic abusers in your ranks. (Kidding, the NFL has issues man. But this ad was pretty great, if an obvious rip-off of this even greater ad.)