Saturday, January 22, 2011

Let's take a moment to appreciate Elizabeth McGovern

Speaking of Downton Abbey, we should take a moment to appreciate Elizabeth McGovern. In Downton Abbey, the wildly popular British television series, McGovern plays the wealthy American mistress of an English great house in the early 20th century. The series is currently airing in the US on PBS's Masterpiece, which means I have been enjoying Maggie Smith deliver such memorable lines as, "What is a 'weekend'?" But back to Elizabeth McGovern, who is all sidelong glances, squinting inquisitions, and breathy understatement. "We will discuss that later," she says of her daughter's behavior as a corpse lay scandalously on her daughter's bed. She is fabulous in this production. And the hats! Also, I think it's worth appreciating McGovern's history in queer roles, including Moira, the underground lesbian rebel, in the film version of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, and Ellen Doubleday, Daphne du Maurier's intense and flirty but ultimately unrequited love interest (her publisher's elegant wife) in Daphne.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

You are going to love Jayne Dooe

If you need a little lift today, check out Jayne Dooe singing "Hell Yeah I'm Gay." Just look at her smile! That is a beautiful smile. Jayne Dooe is a politically aware LA-based hip hop artist. I admit I'm not much of a hip hop fan, but this is a song everyone will love. "I just wanna be me/Last time I checked this country was free." The video is pure joy. (And you can buy the song on iTunes.)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Profusion of chefbians

Our girl Tiffani Faison is doing well in the current season of Top Chef All Stars, but she apparently is fresh out of a job in Boston. The Boston Globe reported this morning that Tiffani's employer, Rocca, in Boston's South End, has closed. Tiffani said she plans to stay in Boston and hopes to run her own restaurant. Book me for a reservation! This is a good opportunity to review the profusion of lesbians and queer women on Top Chef. By my count, there have been at least six in the show's eight seasons. Due to this prevalence, the gals at AfterEllen coined the term "chefbian." Likewise, the site foodnetworkhumor.com recognized the pervasiveness and called for a new rule banning "annoying, whiny lesbians who complain about everything." What? We don't whine! We don't complain about everything! Okay, maybe sometimes we do. But only when the patriarchy deserves it! Anyhoo, the sexy chefbians are pictured above, from left: Josie Smith-Malave, Ashley Merriman (my favorite because she is a NH native and just so adorable), Jamie Lauren (#scallops), Tiffani Faison, Lisa Fernandes, and Preeti Mistry. BTW, if the gals at foodnetworkhumor.com spent more time with lesbians, they would know that Sara (of Tegan and Sara) is spelled sans "h."