Screen Queens: Feminism in Pop Culture This Week 6/15

Screen Queens is LadyClever’s new roundup featuring feminist entertainment headlines from stage and screen each week: innovative portrayals and story arcs, sketches and comedy, appearances, awards, and more.

Annie Potts


The Pitch is Back: We will not have to miss them when they’re gone: both Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson were confirmed for Pitch Perfect 3 today. According to E! Online, the sequel was green-lit last week by Universal after a successful opening for the already-anticipated Pitch Perfect 2, and will hit theaters July 21, 2017.

Feminism is the New Black: On Thursday, season 3 of Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix, but earlier in the week Matt McGorry, who plays corrections officer Bennett on OITNB (as well as Asher on How to Get Away With Murder) spoke to Jezebel about documenting his personal journey into intersectional feminism on social media. “Honestly, in my whole life I’ve never been the kind of person who has been that interested in politics,” he told the site, “but the more I learn about gender inequality, the more I know that there are things I need to know if I’m going to help make a difference.”

To The Moon and Back: According to Marie Claire last week, the ABC network’s new mini-series The Astronaut Wives Club gives new meaning to the phrase “behind every good man is an even greater woman.” As the name hints, the show will focus on the wives of America’s first astronauts in the 1960s and 70s. Odette Annable, known for roles on Cinemax’s Banshee and on House, will play Trudy Cooper, who she calls the “ultimate feminist.” “She really was this modern thinker,” Annable told the magazine. “She was way ahead of her time. She believed in women and she believed we should stand up for our goals and our dreams—why should the men have everything and the women not be able to do what they want to do? Not just bake apple pies at home and take care of the family.”

Thor Some Sugar On Me: The director of the upcoming female Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig, tweeted out  last week that more gender-bending is afoot for his version of the flick. The Marvel-ous Chris Hemsworth is now set to join the cast as the team’s receptionist at the station. “That’s right,” the Legion of Leia blog rejoiced, “Thor is going to be answering phones for the ladies.” The adorable Annie Potts (also the record store owner in Sixteen Candles) was the receptionist in the original duo of films.

#TeamAlicia: It seemed as if congratulations were in order for Twilight star Kristen Stewart after a quote from the actress’ mother seemed to confirm that she is definitely dating her often-referenced “gal pal” and personal assistant Alicia Cargile. “I’ve met Kristen’s new girlfriend, I like her. What’s not to accept? She’s a lovely girl,” Stewart’s mom Jules Stewart was said to have told the Sunday Mirror. However, Just Jared and other outlets reported later today that Jules insists that  she merely said that she’d met Alicia and had not confirmed any romance between the two.

Dame of Thrones: I’d really  love to discuss that Game of Thrones finale from last night, but I think we’ve all experienced enough torture of women thanks to HBO’s hack writers and showrunners. I just can’t with this ish anymore. Discuss. — Casandra Armour

+ Leave a Reply