Lez Dish It Out! The AfterEllen Weekly Round-Up

Photo: Instagram, State of Oregon, YouTube
Photo: Instagram, State of Oregon, YouTube

Congratulations on making it to Friday, ladies. Before I get into this installment of Lez Dish It Out, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the brave counter-protestors who stood up to the white nationalists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. I also want to commend the LGBTQ women celebrities that spoke out against hate throughout the past week, whether it was on social media or elsewhere. Our community is compromised of incredible activists, and this is something we should feel proud about.

All of that being said, this week in lez news, Holland Taylor said some super cute stuff about Sarah Paulson, Anna Paquin’s boobs accidentally appeared on the BBC, and Samira Wiley starred in a Change.org video. Lez get to it!

Gif: Buzzfeed

Evan Rachel Wood Tops Esquire‘s Mavericks Of Style List

Photo: Evan Rachel Wood/Instagram
Photo: Evan Rachel Wood/Instagram

Does anyone else envy people that can pull literally any outfit (and hairstyle) off?

On Aug. 12, Evan made Esquire‘s annual “Mavericks of Style” list, and she was the only woman to appear in the spread. At first, I was really mad about that, but then I remembered that Esquire is a magazine for men. I guess that’s what happens when you’re mad about practically everything.

Wood also announced the achievement on Instagram:

I’m gonna go ahead and say that Ms. Wood is 100 percent deserving of this honor. Remember when the bisexual actress rocked a black-and-white striped suit at BuzzFeed’s Queer Prom? Not to mention the 29-year-old has transcended red-carpet style norms for years. Congrats, Evan!

Amber Heard Throws Shade At Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister

Photo: Amber Heard/Instagram
Photo: Amber Heard/Instagram

This is one is a bit complicated to explain.

Two years ago, Amber and her ex-husband Johnny Depp got into trouble with Australia’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce for sneaking their two dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia. As anyone who is familiar with Australia knows, cats and dogs require official paperwork to be imported to the continent. The law was created to protect and preserve Australia’s unique environment, and Australian officials don’t play when it comes to this subject.

Although Heard and Deep blamed a fired staff member for the mix up, Joyce would not let the case go. Not only did Joyce threaten to euthanize the dogs, but he also rejected Amber’s plea deal. Barnaby then forced Deep and Heard to make an awkward apology video to avoid the dogs’ deaths.

Well, it turns out the star finally got her revenge. Joyce recently learned that he has dual citizenship (his father was born in New Zealand), and this is a problem because Australian PMs must renounce all other citizenships before running for the coveted position.

In response to the scandal, Heard tweeted:

Damn, Amber is a pro at throwing shade. Your move, Barnaby.

Samira Wiley & The Handmaid’s Tale Cast Partners With Change.org

Photo: Twitter/Change.org
Photo: Twitter/Change.org

On Aug. 15, Change.org released a video featuring Samira Wiley and the cast of the Handmaid’s Tale. In the video, Wiley and other cast members (Elizabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, and Ann Dowd) encouraged people to support important causes and policies via Change.org’s online petitions.The cast used the plot of the Handmaid’s Tale to illustrate the dangers of staying silent and it couldn’t have been more poignant.

A.J. Walton, the Sr. Communications Manager at Change.org, said of the video, according to HuffPost:

As the world’s largest petition platform and hub for civic organizing, we’re thrilled to team up with the cast and producers of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale. Art and social causes are intertwined […] viewers want and crave the ability to keep a story moving long after the end credits.”

Check out the partnership below:

On another note, Wiley penned a special essay for Glamour on rejection. Although it’s hard to believe, the lesbian got rejected from five theater schools before she was accepted to Julliard. I bet a lot of people (I know did) will relate to this humble take on overcoming artistic insecurity. You can read the thoughtful essay (it’s too long to post) HERE.

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