Morning Brew: Monday, May 17

Good morningish guys! Obviously, our delay was caused because of something we call the Hot 100, which you need to read if you haven’t yet, or else Karman, Heather and I might start to have a collective identity crisis.

First order of business: Christina Aguilera talks about her sexuality in the new issue of Out magazine. Some choice quotes:

I don’t get to kiss all the girls and the boys, but my husband knows that I get into girls. I think it’s fun to be open and play. The line is real to me. My husband and I check in with each other, but I definitely love women. I think they’re more attractive to the naked eye.

I don’t think I could ever really be with a woman because that’s a lot of… what do you call it? Guys have testosterone, girls have… there’s a lot of estrogen and I’m a lot to deal with when it’s that time of the month, so I can’t imagine it times two. And you know, I love d–k. To be honest, that I cannot live without.

The interview also discusses Xtina’s work with Sia, Le Tigre and Linda Perry, so there’s really something for every lesbian music fan, even if you rolled your eyes at the above “d–k” comment.

Maxine Peak, star of the lesbian film The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, talked with about her role and her personal view on gay rights. On how she prepared for the role of “the first modern lesbian:”

Well, I read the diaries and spoke with an expert. She lives in Halifax on Anne Lister’s farm. I saw the documentary. Seeing where she [Anne Lister] lived and the moors of Halifax; [they] are so bleak she’s got to be very strong. She loves her surroundings and the countryside. She’s outdoorsy and athletic and passionate. I felt she spent a lot of time outside and knew them like the back of her hand they can be a bleak and desolate place. That [the swagger] came from the earthiness of her. From a love of nature. Oh and the costume and boots helped!

Earthy swagger? Now I know where we got that stereotype — and possibly the premise for MichFest — from.

Marisa Tomei played gay in a reading based on the real life Prop 8 Trials. She portrays lead plaintiff Kristin Perry, who testified about her life with partner/co-plaintiff, Sandra Stier. Courage Campaign Chairman Rick Jacobs recently talked with AOL news about his involvement and said about Marisa:

For an Academy Award-winning Hollywood star to take a day and do this and read the part that says, “I am a lesbian and in love with a woman,” is very brave. It shows great self-confidence and also great passion.”

Amazing that playing a lesbian on film can be brave, where as playing a stripping single mother will get you critical acclaim. At any rate, it looks like Marissa has done a superb job. Check out the clip at

Jane Lynch has been the first out lesbian to respond to the Newsweek article that proclaimed gays couldn’t pass as straight convincingly on TV, film or stage. Says Lynch:

The thing is, actors are actors: You can’t play gay anymore than you can play somebody who’s Catholic. Aaron Sorkin wrote a wonderful thing in the Huffington Post. I don’t think you have to slap somebody down for making an opinion that you don’t agree with. But I do think what Kristin and Ryan did was so important, and I’m glad that they said it. It doesn’t mean, “Off with [Setoodeh’s] head.” But I’m very glad, and I thought it was very heroic what the two of them did.

Jane was one of the first people that came to mind when I first read that Newsweek piece. She has played straight successfully in several roles, including the predatory boss of Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Keep up the great work, Jane.

Speaking of the HuffPo, Mia Kirshner has penned an impassioned plea for the release of two gay Malawian prisoners. Sign the petition in support of their right to be gay and free, and free to be gay.

Queen Latifah has purchased a home with her personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins.

She must need to be trained around the clock, or maybe she’s just thrifty!

See you at our regularly scheduled time tomorrow, folks.