Screen Queens: Feminism in Pop Culture This Week 7/13

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.

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Rape Culture Shock: Multiple outlets reported last week that, in a sealed deposition from 2005, comedian and accused serial rapist Bill Cosby had in fact admitted under oath to drugging and assaulting women. Additionally, his wife made headlines over the weekend for admitting that she knew about his rampant cheating and seems to consider it nothing more than that– just cheating. “Last week’s revelation that Cosby admitted during a deposition that he intended to ply women with Quaaludes before bedding them barely fazed Camille Cosby,” according to sources quoted by The Post. Cosby’s leaked admissions, along with the accusations of more than forty women, is still not enough evidence for some of his very vocal supporters to stand down (looking at you, Whoopi Goldberg). It’s a chilling example of the prevalence of rape culture.

#SerenaSlam: Who better than author JK Rowling to serve as a doubles partner and help Wimbledon winner Serena Williams shut down body-shaming trolls? After some scumbag tweeted that Williams’ athletic physique is mannish, Rowling tweeted a pic of the tennis star killing it in a fitted red dress and replied, “‘she is built like a man’. Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You’re an idiot.” Sir, I think you just got SERVED.

Nevermore: Raven Symoné served up spectacular side-eye to Candace Cameron Bure last week after the former Full House star actually sat on a panel with Symoné on The View last week and defended a bakery that refused to produce a cake for a lesbian wedding. “Raven continues to argue her side and listens to the other hosts discuss — but throughout she reminds us of the subtle artistry of non-verbal shade,” Buzzfeed cheered. From the blinks to the lip purses, Raven’s every expression is just murder.

Murray Christmas: At ComicCon on Thursday, Sofia Coppola‘s super weird and charming-sounding Christmas special got high praise from everyone’s personal hero Bill Murray, who will be starring in the holiday special alongside Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, and others for Netflix . Marking his first SDCC appearance, Murray declared that “Miley Cyrus is really f—ing good!” according to Variety. Who knew? — Casandra Armour

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