What Yvie Oddly’s Win Means to Me

Happy Pride, everybody!!! Who else is feeling their pink glow this month??

So, I have a bit of a confession to make. While I am definitely not a big fan of reality TV, I have a serious love/hate relationship with RuPaul’s Drag Race. I think that the show and fanbase have a number of glaring issues, largely pertaining to the fact that it has become so popular in recent years. Unlike the earlier seasons, where it felt like this underground celebration of all things gay and fabulous, it now feels more like just another reality competition show with forced drama and overproduced edits to make it more palatable to mass audiences (i.e., straight people.) HOWEVER, I still have to admit that I am so goddamn entertained every minute that I am watching it.

As a member of the LGBT+ community, I like to stay updated on what is current in gay media. I’m not the biggest fan of Ru himself, but I love watching the competing queens each season, seeing them grow as both people and performers as the weeks trudge on. Since we are eleven seasons into the show, of course there are some queens who are obviously there because they want a taste of that sweet sweet television screen time, but then there are others who I feel like are there because they truly want to share their beautiful art with the world. One of the girls from season 11 who fits into that latter mold is the season’s wonderfully weird winner herself: Yvie Oddly.Read More »

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Bubblegum and Marceline: The Importance of a Well-Written Relationship

*MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ADVENTURE TIME – READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION

My salad days are long gone, but my love of cartoons never seems to wilt away.  Animation is a medium that continuously astounds me in the way that it grows and shifts as time goes on.  Cartoons are certainly not the same as they were 20 years ago. No longer are “children’s” cartoons short lessons of the week with some lowbrow slapstick humor (which, don’t get me wrong, I also love,) but instead creator-driven projects with ambitious plots, mature themes and complex character relationships.  It is wonderful that kids and adults alike can enjoy smart, creative shows like Steven Universe and Gravity Falls in today’s day and age.  This is a privilege that we owe to the show that started the trend all the way back in 2010: Pendelton Ward’s totally mathematical Adventure Time.

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