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I’ve spent a lifetime attempting to find my face in other women as a means of self-assurance. As a lesbian with a U-Haul full of mental health issues, I’ve always had the nagging sense that I was different from everyone else. Finding women who identify as “others” has been the way in which I can momentarily soothe my unwavering angst and feel like I do in fact belong to this world. As a kid, I found my face in Matilda as she lost herself in...
 Carol Cleveland is a face you’ll recognise if you’re a British comedy fan. She’s been in SO many comedy shows and sketches throughout her career, including Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  Carol!!! We are not worthy! Born in 1945, Carol caught the performance bug at a very young age. After all, both her parents were actors, and so from the age of just two, Carol was out booking modelling gigs (because hey, two is a totally normal age to be earning living). Carol’s parents divorced when she was four,...
If you haven’t watched the complete Hannah Gadsby comedy special Nanette—as in, you shut it off partway through because, though her comedy was amusing, it just didn’t speak to you—you’re about to miss yet another not-so-subtle stake-in-the-ground in this watershed #MeToo, #TimesUp, #UsToo cultural moment (along with Gadsby's recommended remedy for the societal ills causing it). Young, old, comedy fans or not, women, and yes, especially men—hell, everyone should probably see this. Just don’t expect it to be any good. Or at least, "good" in the...
To celebrate BUST’s 25thanniversary, we’re bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here’s our interview with Amy Poehler from our December/January 2010 issue. For the past 10 years, Amy Poehler’s comedy career has been unstoppable. And from the improv trenches to Saturday Night Live to her current incarnation as a 38-year-old movie star and prime-time darling, she’s remained a relatable gal we’d love to pal around with. Here, we get a peek at what being friends with Poehler is really like, as she chats it up with...
The Bold Type, Freeform’s breakout series about the women working at fictional magazine Scarlet, is changing feminist television, and it’s largely thanks to Nikohl Boosheri’s character Adena El-Amin. Adena, introduced in the show’s pilot episode, is a queer Muslim photographer who forms a friendship-turned-romance with social media manager Kat (Aisha Dee), and both Adena and her relationship have gained a massive fanbase—not only because Adena’s so kickass, but because she’s a character so rarely represented onscreen. “Adena drew me in because I had never seen a character...
Charlotte Rae, famous for her role as Mrs. Garrett in the wildly popular '80s TV shows Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, has died at the age of 92, Entertainment Weekly reports. Rae was beloved across the country for her role on The Facts of Life as Mrs. G, house mother for a group of girls at a boarding school. Known as a motherly and respectable figure, Rae led the show to deal with “topical issues from a young woman’s perspective: among them eating disorders, sex, drugs...
We previously reported that Hulu is making a TV show Shrill, based on the memoir by Lindy West and starring SNL cast member Aidy Bryant. Bryant will play the main character Annie, "a woman who wants to change her life—but not her body.” Now, Variety has more info: Hulu has given a six-episode series order, and it's beginning production this week in Oregon. The SNL superstar isn’t the only household name involved with this project, as Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks are executive producers on the show. The series...
Erin Darke has been in film and TV for almost a decade, but most recently, you probably know the Flint-born actress for her brazen feminism onscreen and off. After the cancellation of Good Girls Revolt, the Amazon series based around the women working at Newsweek in the late sixties, Darke moved to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and, most recently, Dietland, the AMC feminist drama that premiered last month. “I am very passionate about feminism, and to work on a show where I felt that I was actually getting to contribute to that conversation was...
We’re excited to share that Constance Wu, star of the upcoming movie Crazy Rich Asians, is our August/September 2018 cover gal! We’ve been following Wu’s career for a while—we published a short interview with her back in 2016, when she was best known for Fresh Off The Boat. Then and now, we love how Wu speaks out about the importance of Asian-American representation in media, calls out whitewashed casting choices, and advocates for inclusion of all kinds onscreen—plus, of course, makes us laugh. In our...
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is getting a reboot from Fox 21 TV studio, reports Deadline. Joss Whedon, the original show runner, is returning as the executive producer. Monica Owusu-Breen is on board as a writer, executive producer and show runner. Gail Berman, Fran Kazui, Kaz Kazui, and Joe Earley are also all on board to return as executive producers. The reboot will feature a Black actress as Buffy. My gut reaction was to be thrilled that there would be more Buffy. It was such an important...