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Rethành viên when Hilary Duff solved homophobia?You need lớn be watching Hacks.Behold the French unauthorized Céline Dion biopic. (Really.)Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Baker is gay rights.

It’s the wonderfully awful time of the year, when everything from my toothpaste lớn my toilet paper khổng lồ my nightly burrito—you try living above a Chipotle—are festooned with rainbow packaging và maxims about pride, eunique, love, và acceptance. Thank you, Charmin.

Twitter accounts for snachồng crackers are sentiently proclaiming their activism in tư vấn of the LGBT+ community, and my bank has sent several mass emails about how much I matter, which is certainly a different tune than they were singing last month when I missed a credit card payment.

Streaming services & nội dung platforms have sầu curated film & TV series spotlighting LGBT nội dung, as if I don’t know where khổng lồ find an episode of Golden Girls at all times, in a pinch. It is the one month that I get to lớn check out at Duane Reade & see a bona fide, real-life gay person on a magazine cover. Representation!

Listen, I would rather weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than get embroiled in the annual, insufferable discourse about the cynical commercialization of Pride Month, the brief tokenization of visibility, và who, what, and how much leather bondage belongs at marches and parades. Let me drink my roadie of vodka sodomain authority, dance khổng lồ a cacophony of Lady Gaga songs booming from various speakers, và get sunburned while scrolling through thirst traps in peace, as the revolutionists intended.

That is all to lớn say there is exactly one piece of inspiring LGBT content that matters khổng lồ me, và, like many queer millennials, I revisit it fondly once a year. Let us never forget when Hilary Duff told us it’s not cool to lớn Điện thoại tư vấn things “gay” as an insult.

Back in 2008, the community’s one true ally, Lizzie Maguire, filmed a PSA for the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) chiến dịch to eradicate the phrase “that’s so gay” from casual conversation. (Watch it here.) The spot features Duff clothes shopping & overhearing two girls trying on clothes. One says the other’s top looks “so gay.”

“You know, you really shouldn’t say that,” Duff, the first LGBT superanh hùng, no matter what Marvel says, interrupts. To say something is gay when you mean it’s bad “is insulting,” she schools them. “What if every time something was bad, everybody said, ‘That’s so ‘girl wearing a skirt as a top?’”

You see, not only was the girl casually problematic, she was wearing a skirt as a top. Anyway, she quickly disintegrated into a pile of humiliated ashes, and Hilary Duff defeated homophobia then and there.

The thing is, I’m only writing all this with a hint of sarcasm. Back in 2008, a PSA lượt thích this was huge. And while there have been noble, emotional, and incredibly effective sầu campaigns over the years tackling things lượt thích anti-gay violence, the startling LGBT suicide rates, and trans rights, the attempt to raise awareness about an issue that seemed so mundane but was so harmful in its mainstream existence was profound.

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It turns out that growing up with “that’s so gay” as an insult sucks. Who’d have sầu guessed?

The phrase integrated into lớn accepted conversation lớn the point that even the least homophobic ahy vọng us—even the gayest aước ao us, to lớn be honest—used it with abandon, completely unaware that each time it was said, it fortified an environment for more extreme anti-LGBT harassment, bullying, & violence khổng lồ perpetuate.

So Happy Pride to lớn Hilary Duff, và Hilary Duff only.

As a lifelong Designing Women enthusiast, it’s been incredibly gratifying lớn watch the “Jean Smartaissance” bring such attention khổng lồ the career-long brilliance of Jean Smart.

I don’t subscribe to the notion that something you watch or see can “turn you gay,” except for the fact that I firmly suspect watching four women in skirt suits with shoulder pads that would protect them against the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive sầu line delivering feminist monologues in between interior decorating gigs as an impressionable middle schooler did, in fact, turn me gay.

To now see the actress who played the inimitable Charlene Frazier Stillfield earn the best Đánh Giá of her career for the one-two punch of her scene-stealing work on Mare of Easttown & then the most vibrant showcase she’s ever had in Hacks? That’s Pride.


The HBO Max series about a Joan Rivers-esque comedian in the sunphối of her career—but who will run to lớn the damn horizon herself và heave sầu the sun bachồng into the air if that’s what it takes lớn stay working—has morphed from a funny và enjoyable series buoyed by Smart’s electrifying performance into lớn, genuinely, the best comedy currently airing on TV.

Last week’s strange & surprisingly poignant duo of episodes—co-star Hannah Einbinder as Ava in a thrilling, almost elegiac whirlwind Vegas romance, followed by her dam-breaking bonding session with Smart’s Deborah at a convalescence spa—elevated the show to a whole new cấp độ. They injected unexpected humanity và pathos into lớn what had been a comedically caustic (in a good way!) series.

The two episodes that were released this Thursday continue that nimble threading of emotion into the show’s dark comedy. There’s nothing better than bingeing a show as it’s just hitting its stride. You want khổng lồ be an ally? Support Jean Smart for Pride.