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Why Can’t AEW Solve Its Women’s Wrestling Problem?

When All Elite Wrestling got its start last year, a lot of fans pinned their hopes on the upstart company, especially those fans who’d been frequently disappointed with WWE’s dated and uninspiring notions about wrestling (and, to be clear, most other things). “Here at last,” people thought, “is a company run by young people, with a young vibe. Maybe even, dare we hope, progressive.”

To some degree, those hopes were well-founded. AEW might not be an unabashedly left-wing promotion, but its politics aren’t as blatantly noxious as WWE’s. It crowned a transgender Women’s Champion — a black and indigenous woman of color, no less — and that’s no small thing in today’s climate. It certainly has some work to do with regard to race in its men’s main event scene, but those of us who’ve been watching AEW Dark are hoping to see Scorpio Sky pushed in that direction, at the very least.

The one area where AEW has fallen down again and again is in booking their women’s division, and indeed in treating women’s wrestling like an important part of the product. The COVID-19 pandemic has made things much worse, but the problem was already there. The pandemic just brought it into sharper relief.

Before the pandemic, AEW had about four women it treated like stars: Riho, Nyla Rose, Hikaru Shida, and Doctor Britt Baker DMD. It had started building up a second tier of women, including Kris Statlander, Big Swole, and Shanna. Yuka Sakazaki had recently returned, and gave the impression she’d be making more appearances. Sadie Gibbs had been off TV, but was teasing a return, possibly with a new gimmick.

Then the novel coronavirus hit, and all the women who lived outside the U.S. became unable to appear. That means no Riho, no Shanna, no Sakazaki or Gibbs. Emi Sakura or Bea Priestley are sidelined, too. The pandemic and the travel ban were unpredictable events, but it still says something about AEW’s priorities that such a high percentage of its regular women’s roster members didn’t even live in the country where AEW runs shows.


As such, AEW was left with Nyla Rose, Hikaru Shida, Kris Statlander, and Big Swole, along with Penelope Ford, Allie, and Brandi Rhodes, who had all been doing non-wrestling stuff but were brought back into the ring by the pandemic. It also recruited Anna Jay and Abadon, as well as a bunch of trainees and guests from the indies, as it tried to keep the division running with so little regular talent. Things got even worse when Baker and Statlander were both injured, removing them from competition for the time being.

Again and again however, AEW has failed to fully take advantage of the women it has, regardless of how many or how few there are. Please forgive me the indulgence of some rhetorical questions:

  1. Why was Allie in a non-wrestling role to begin with? She’s a solid worker, and was one of Impact Wrestling’s biggest female stars for a couple of years.
  2. Whatever happened to Mel, the woman who shaved her head to join Brandi’s now-defunct cult? She’s still listed on the official roster, but when was the last time she had a match?
  3. How come it took weeks to get the slightest follow up about the Dark Order recruiting Anna Jay, and we still don’t know the whole deal?
  4. What’s Abadon up to? I get that she can’t have constant matches and retain her creepy mystique, but is there any reason she can’t be sneaking up on people backstage in the dark from time to time?
  5. How come we’ve gotten videos from male wrestlers who were unable to make the shows due to pandemic or injury — like MJF, PAC, and Darby Allin — but we’ve never seen the slightest hint of any of the missing women?

After Baker’s injury, AEW made the smart choice to keep her on TV and continue her feud with Big Swole, which led to some really fun segments, but now it’s given Swole a kayfabe suspension, which removes yet another woman from the ring. Last week, AEW Dynamite was so bereft of relevant women and women’s storylines that the one women’s match was between Ivelisse and Diamante, neither of whom are signed with AEW. Diamante even returned this week to face Hikaru Shida, but there was still no announcement that she’s joining the roster. She (and by extension Ivelisse) were apparently just around to fill time, not to build for the future.

Even if AEW doesn’t have access to the female talent they’d like to book right now, there are still ways they can demonstrate a commitment to women’s wrestling. Just booking two women’s matches on one episode of Dynamite would feel like a huge step, especially if both of those matches had storylines to go with them. There’s also nothing stopping them from building up a women’s match to be the main event of a show. Treat women’s wrestling like it’s important, and it becomes important.

The rumor has always been that Kenny Omega books the AEW women’s division, and his defensiveness on social media backs up that theory. The biggest problem with that is that he’s a full-time wrestler, and clearly has a lot of things on his plate. The best thing that could happen for the women’s division would be if AEW hired a veteran female wrestler and put her in charge of the division.

When Nyla Rose announced she was going to have a manager, I briefly hoped that might turn out to be the leader the division needs. Of course, then it was revealed to be Vicki Guerrero, who brings a lot to the table as a heat-seeking manager, but isn’t known as a wrestler or a booker.

Meanwhile, WWE has basically been carried by its women’s division during this pandemic. Even with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair taking time away, Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Asuka have created some of the company’s most memorable moments of the last few months. In NXT as well, champion Io Shirai just faced Tegan Nox, with Dakota Kai and Candice LeRae looming large, and indie breakouts like Shotzi Blackheart and Mercedes Martinez on the rise. For all the problems WWE has had with women’s wrestling over the years (and all the problems it still has), it’s more likely to satisfy a fan of women’s wrestling right now than AEW, the company that was supposed to show them how it’s done.

Even Impact Wrestling, a company that’s all-too-often regarded as a throwback and even a laughing stock, currently has Deonna Purrazzo as Women’s Champion, with ongoing secondary storylines for Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary, Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz, Kylie Rae and Susie, and so on. When it comes to women’s booking, AEW is solidly in third place among the three televised wrestling companies.

Hope is an important part of being a wrestling fan. Hoping the babyface will one day get their win, hoping to see the heel get their comeuppance, and hoping that the company to which you devote so much energy will pay you back in joy. So with the lessons of the pandemic learned, here’s hoping the AEW Women’s Division only gets stronger and more spotlighted as the company continues to evolve. The recent announcement of a women’s tag tournament seems encouraging, while rumors that the whole thing will happen online instead of on TV are discouraging but hopefully untrue. Time will tell where all of that leads, but as we approach the first anniversary of AEW Dynamite‘s TV debut, it would be nice to see the women’s division finally find its footing.

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Weekend Preview: Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ And ‘Umbrella Academy’ Will Dominate The Streaming Waves

If nothing below suits your sensibilities, check out our guide to What You Should Watch On Streaming Right Now.

Black Is King (Friday, Disney+) — Beyonce’s second visual album and fourth directorial project has arrived, so naturally, we celebrated Beyonce week to prepare for this momentous event. As with her other projects, Queen Bey’s visionary status will undoubtedly evolve further, even though this project has been shrouded in secrecy until go time. And that time is now, so go forth… and watch.

Umbrella Academy: Season 2 (Friday, Netflix Series) — This new batch of episodes is a twist-filled blast as this weird, superpowered family confronts another apocalypse, which is (of course) bigger because everything is bigger in Texas. Check out our interviews with creator Steve Blackman and actor Robert Sheehan, and then, let the 1960s good times roll.

The Last Narc (Amazon Prime docuseries) — If you’re a Narcos: Mexico fan, then you’ll want to dig into this docuseries about the notorious murder of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena, whose story gets the full spotlight here while exploring everything that he risked to uncover the drug-cartel truth.

The Speed Cubers (Netflix documentary) — If you’re looking for competition without the squeaking shoes, look no further than this true story of the rivalry/friendship of the two reigning Rubik’s Cubers (Max Park, age 17, and Feliks Zemdegs, age 23) on the planet.

The Secret: Dare To Dream (VOD) — Katie Holmes and Jerry O’Connell star in Lionsgate’s romcom film adaptation of Rhonda Byrne’s book of the same name.

Here’s the rest of this weekend’s notable programming:

Room 104 (Friday, HBO 10:00 p.m.) — The fourth season of the Duplass’ Brothers bizarre playground continues with Sam confronting her addiction history due to an unlikely source.

Shark vs. Surfer (Sunday, National Geographic 8:00 p.m. ) — Sharkfest continues while zeroing in on the most harrowing stories that hail from shark-infested surf beaches. They’re on patrol, and we’re just visiting, y’all, but at least they’re a visible threat.

P-Valley (Sunday, Starz 8:00 p.m.) — This new series, which revolves around a Mississippi strip club, already got a Season 2 renewal, and Episode 4 is titled, “The Trap.”

Perry Mason (Sunday, HBO 9:00 p.m.) — Mason’s attempting to expose hidden links (between debt and ransom) by putting Herman on the stand while Sister Alice is feeling the heat about “resurrection” promises.

The Chi (Sunday, Showtime 9:00 p.m.) — Ronnie’s dealing with a loss, and Keisha’s resigning to her fate while Douda and Camille clash over politics, and Jemma and Kevin deal with their feelings.

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark (Sunday, HBO 10:00 p.m.) — The finale has arrived with serial killer/rapist Joseph DeAngelo’s arrest unfolding in real time in this revolutionary true-crime docuseries based upon Michelle McNamara book.

NOS4A2 (Sunday, AMC & BBC America 10:00 p.m.) — Charlie Manx must answer tough questions from Bing Partridge, and Charlie also revisits the past in a significant way.

Desus & Mero (Sunday, Showtime 11:00 p.m.) — The illustrious guest will be Stephen A. Smith.

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Are We Too Spoiled By CGI To Care About Tom Cruise Making A Movie In Space?

When I was a kid, I’d do anything for a laugh. Run into walls, jump off of a stage straight onto my knees, do an interpretive dance to Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” to win a dance contest. I don’t know if those laughs were for me or at me (yeah… I do), but the noise was the noise and it gave me purpose as an awkward, transient fat boy. Sometimes I think Tom Cruise is stuck in that kind of perpetual approval pursuit. Which sounds bad! But hear me out.

While Cruise is probably addicted to the sound of applause (and adrenaline, since his methods usually have him hanging off a plane or a mountain into his late ’50s), the world has enough people who make art for hollow critical praise, awards, and self-satisfaction. Sure, he gets PAID, but Tom Cruise is a crowd-pleasing pop culture factory and an enduring and seemingly tireless icon of the people (well, some of the people). It’s what he was put on this earth to be, but I do worry now that he’s gonna try to do it in space. Not because of him but because of us.

The report from Deadline says Cruise secured a $200 million dollar budget from Universal to partner with billionaire maybe Bond villain Elon Musk (and frequent Cruise collaborators Doug Liman and Christopher McQuarrie) on a literal space adventure that will result in the first-ever full-length movie shot off-world. It’s getting attention because, among other things, it’s Tom Cruise and Elon Musk firing a cash cannon at the stars in the midst of, to quote Dewey Cox, “a dark fucking period.” But is that interest going to hold when the initial buzz fades and this has to live on the merits of what it puts on a screen? Will eyes widen? Will jaws slacken? Will the next evolutionary step in production mean much down here on Earth? It’s hard to say sight unseen. I don’t know, but I’m not as optimistic as I thought I’d be.

When Jessica Toomer and I took a look back at the Inception hallway scene and forward to the expected practical wizardry of Tenet, we positioned that kind of creation as a rare but needed thing in an era of CG homogenization. And it is and you could argue that this is exactly what we were asking for: a studio, in full defiance of risk aversion, making a big move forward with boots on the ground (or in the vacuum of space, whatever) and imagination at the wheel. And yet…

When you’re swimming in the details of an arduous creative process driven by an uncommon commitment to excellence and innovation it’s easy to get romantic about every last bit of it including the finished product. It’s inspiring what these humans can do with a little elbow grease, imagination, and an airplane hanger. But distanced from that process you remember that people often see these scenes without knowledge of their impressive craft and compelling backstories. Do they stand up on their own visual wow? The hallway scene certainly does. It’s special for the reasons expressed in that article and from when you see it unfold. But a lot of the time, more and more, it feels like these things deliver a glancing blow before retiring to the pile of other amazing but forgettable moments. Blame it on outstretched minds.

I’ve seen lush planets, the ocean deep, and dinosaurs walking beside human beings. I’ve seen time go forward and backward and sideways. Believed a man could fly and that superheroes could save New York and avenge the whole of the universe. I’ve seen the splendor and terror of limitless space. It was all fake as fuck, cool as shit, and it all makes me feel like a bored God, bellowing to Hollywood to keep impressing me when I know that it’s becoming a more and more difficult thing to pull off. And it’s depressing because to bring it back to Tom Cruise space cowboy, how are we going to be impressed by the sight of him tethered to a space station floating above of us all without constantly repeating the phrase “this is real” in our heads?

Once, Alexander the Great wept for there were no more worlds to conquer. Tom Cruise isn’t gonna weep, he’s gonna smile that smile and leave the planet in pursuit of claps, thinking he has a beat on a legit new world to conquer. And we’re going to be mostly unmoved, shouting “Marvel did it! Marvel did it!” The pursuit of greatness, like technology, is a blessing and a curse.

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Bars Are Losing Their Liquor Licenses For Breaking Pandemic Guidelines

New York City was the early epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States, but has since greatly flattened its curve and brought its daily death count to single-digit numbers. Part of the reason the city has been so successful is because of how seriously it’s enforcing safety guidelines. According to Patch, just this week seven bars in the city have had their liquor licenses suspended after defying rules and safety procedures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 — including three bars on Brooklyn’s busy Smith Street, a dining hotspot in the borough.

One of the bars, Bar Tabac, had its liquor license suspended this week after city investigators performing a compliance check found seven employees on the premises without face masks, which included the manager, a bartender, host, and four kitchen staff members. In June, the bar had been found to be in violation of safety precautions related to the virus and had received non-compliance complaints. It also faced issues related to their outdoor dining set up.

“Noncompliance will lead us right back where we were just a few months ago — so we must continue to crack down on the bad actors who violate the law and risk everyone’s health and safety,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference, according to Patch.

To date, 1,966 compliance checks have been performed in New York with 96 recorded violations. Businesses who are found to be non-compliant face fines as high as $10,000 and the possible immediate suspense of liquor licenses. Currently, according to the New York State Health Department, there are 415,014 total cases in New York State and 25,150 people have died.

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Nas Joins Hit-Boy And Dom Kennedy To Keep The ‘City On Lock’

West Coast underground just got a major boost. Multi-Grammy Award-winning producer Hit-Boy and veteran LA rapper Dom Kennedy — known collectively as Half-A-Mil — connected for the 11-track effort, Also Known As, Friday. While the two have made names for themselves as both solo artists and a duo, Hit-Boy and Kennedy tapped some big-name rappers to lend a hand on the record, including the legendary Nas.

Nas joined Hit-Boy and Kennedy on the stand-out track “City On Lock.” Nas didn’t hop on for a full feature but the rapper took charge in the song’s hook which perfectly compliments Hit-Boy and Kennedy’s prose: “They wanted to stop, we come out on top / The oven on hot / City on lock / We not with the talk, we hit up your spot.”

Ahead of the release of Also Known As, Hit-Boy added another Grammy to his collection this year, winning the award for Best Rap Performance for “Racks In The Middle,” his track with Roddy Ricch and the late Nipsey Hussle.

Listen to “City On Lock” above and find the Also Known As album artwork and tracklist below.


1. “Offline”
2. “Pretty Thug”
3. “When the Money Comes” Feat. 03 Greedo
4. “We Blessed”
5. “87 Benzo” Feat. 24 hrs
6. “Lou Rawls”
7. “City On Lock” Feat. Nas
8. “Intersection”
9 “The Return”
10. “Contribute”
11. “Good Luck”

Also Known As is out now via Half-A-Mil. Get it here.

Some of the artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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‘Fargo’ Is ‘Going To War’ With Chris Rock And Jason Schwartzman In The New Season 4 Teaser Trailer

In the grand scheme of things, having to wait a few extra months for the new season of Fargo, which had its April premiere date delayed indefinitely “due to the postponement of production related to the coronavirus,” isn’t so bad. But still: I want more Fargo, dammit.

Unfortunately, there’s still no release date, but there is a new teaser trailer, featuring Jason Schwartzman fuming, Chris Rock (who called playing crime boss Loy Cannon the “best part I’ve ever done and, honestly, probably the best part I’ll ever have”) threatening to “kill them all,” a goon slipping on a patch of ice like it’s a banana peel, and a brief shot of Wild Rose standout Jessie Buckley in a nurse’s outfit. The teaser has a violent goofball charm — no wonder Noah Hawley compared season four to Raising Arizona.

Here’s more:

The fourth installment of Fargo is set in 1950 Kansas City, where two criminal syndicates fighting for a piece of the American dream have struck an uneasy peace. Chris Rock stars as Loy Cannon, the head of the African American crime family who trades sons with the head of the Italian mafia as part of tenuous truce.

Fargo season four also stars Timothy Olyphant, Jack Huston, Ben Whishaw, Uzo Aduba, Salvatore Esposito, Andrew Bird, Jeremie Harris, Gaetano Bruno, Anji White, Francesco Acquaroli, E’myri Crutchfield, Amber Midthunder, and James Vincent Meredith.

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The Most Underrated Bourbons, According To Bartenders

If you pay any attention to our spirits writing, you know we love whiskey. And when it comes to whiskey, we have a special place in our hearts for bourbon. While rum is on the rise nationally, this corn-centric, highly sippable, American classic is still absolutely booming. The increasingly crowded marketplace is dominated by names like Pappy Van Winkle, Wild Turkey, and Blanton’s (though you’d be a fool to ignore the upstart independent distilleries on the scene).

As with any popular spirit, there are a lot of over-hyped bourbons on the market. On the flip side, there are also a good number of under-hyped expressions. Bottles that deserve more love than they currently get. When Alfredo Arroyo, bartender at Joe’s Café in Santa Barbara, California thinks about underrated bourbons, one immediately comes to mind.

“Buffalo Trace,” he says. “It’s now rated the best American small distillery, but still sold at a good price.”

Since we’re all eager to stock our liquor cabinets and bars with underappreciated, high-quality bourbons, we decided to get more insight from professionals like Arroyo. So we asked some of our favorite bartenders to tell us their picks for the most underrated bourbons on the market.

Old Forester 1920

Melissa Reigle, beverage manager and head bartender at Byblos in Miami

Old Forester is underrated and historic. It has been continuously distilled and blended in the US for 150 consecutive years (yes, even through the Prohibition).

If you want to taste what they were distilling and aging during Prohibition (under the guise of medicine), pick up a bottle of the 1920’s expression. At a whopping 115 proof, you won’t be disappointed with this hot medicine.

Jim Beam

Nestor Marchand, director of food and beverage at Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale, Florida

My underrated bourbon pick is Jim Beam. Everyone is looking at the premium bourbons. Jim Beam quality, at its price level, is hard to find.


Reggie Maharaj, beverage manager at The Peninsula Beverly Hills in Los Angeles

In my opinion, the most underrated bourbon is Booker’s. It’s specially bottled, uncut and unfiltered. They do very little advertising or social media, but I love this bourbon.

Old Grand-Dad Bonded

Shawn Brown, general manager of Wine World in Miramar Beach, Florida

My underrated bourbon of choice is Old Grand-Dad “Bottled in Bond.” It’s reasonably priced, drinkable over ice, and a solid value.

Stagg Jr.

Cory Richardson, bar manager at Hook & Barrel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

There are tons of great underrated bourbons out there that most people just haven’t heard of yet. Elijah Craig has been one of my favorites over the past year, as well as higher proof options like Stagg Jr. amazing flavor profiles on both of those options.

Bulleit Blender’s Select

Reniel Garcia, bar director of Havana 1957 in Miami

My pick is Bulleit 100 Proof Blender’s Select. This bourbon is 50 percent alcohol and it hasn’t been diluted or is only lightly diluted after removal from the barrels. It’s good neat, holds up on the rocks and gives a spicy rye kick to any bourbon-based cocktails you make with it. It’s a great bourbon for bartenders and in-home drinkers alike. It’s very approachable.

Warbinger Warmaster Edition

Mohammed Rahman, bar director at Kata Robata in Houston

With every celebrity trying to diversify their portfolio by jumping into the adult beverage market, most of these partnerships can look like a mere money grab from both parties. Enter Sespe Creek Distillery with their partnership with UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett to present “Warbinger Warmaster Edition.” A small-batch cask strength mesquite-smoked whiskey created by Master Distiller David Brandth Ph.D. Using new techniques to produce a product that tastes aged yet has only been treated for days to weeks.

This is definitely a must-try… if you can find any at the moment.

Buffalo Trace

Seamus Gleason, bartender at Hotel Jackson in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

There’s no more underrated bourbon than Buffalo Trace. This Kentucky straight bourbon hits every time. Sweet with a hint of tang that doesn’t get overly sour.

Evan Williams Black Label

Robert Swain Jr., owner of On the Rox Bartending Service in the British Virgin Islands

100 proof and only about $15 a bottle, Evan Williams is definitely not so popular, but well deserving of praise. Easy to mix with a basic chaser, for a cocktail, or just on the rocks. And let’s be honest, for 15 bucks you won’t be mad if you forget your bottle at the office party.

Four Roses Yellow Label

Kurt Bellon, general manager and beverage director at Chao Baan in St. Louis

Four Roses Yellow Label is my preferred bourbon of choice for any occasion. For its reasonable price and high quality and smoothness, it’s a solid choice when building an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Paper Plane or even just on the rocks or neat.

Old Forester 86

Tim Wiggins, co-owner and beverage director of Retreat Gastropub in St. Louis

Old Forester 86. I love the earthy and nutty quality of Old Forester. It has enough backbone to stand up in classic cocktails and also works really well in fruit-forward tropical drinks.

Elijah Craig Small Batch

Jeremy Allen, beverage director of MiniBar Hollywood in Los Angeles

I’m a fan of a lot of Heaven Hill cheapies, which aren’t that cheap anymore, like Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, and Henry Mc Kenna 10 year, but I am pretty sure it’s hard to spend money on Kentucky Whiskey right now without supporting racist or exclusivist policies, and the red white and blue new label on Evan Williams is a big red flag.

This might be the year to vote with your dollars and switch back to Tequila.

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Indiecast Dives Into 10 Years Of Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’

In a recent ranking of the best Arcade Fire songs, Steven Hyden laid out what we’ve all been thinking since Funeral dropped in 2004:

With Arcade Fire, I have learned to entertain two thoughts simultaneously in my head.

Thought No. 1: “This is one of the most important, most popular, and, at times, best indie-rock bands of the last 20 years.”

Thought No. 2: “Even when I really like this band, they can also be extremely irritating.”

Hyden dives into this conundrum and more with co-host Ian Cohen on the first offering of Indiecast. In the episode, Hyden and Cohen dive into the Canadian outfit’s discography, zeroing in on the band’s sprawling opus The Suburbs, a decade after it was released. In 2011, Arcade Fire stunned the world when they took home the Album Of The Year award at the Grammys for the album, the first time the band ever took home an award at the ceremony. It left many people wondering, “Who is Arcade Fire?” 10 years later, Arcade Fire’s catalogue is one of the most divisive in modern indie.

New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to the Episode 1 above and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts here. Stay up to date and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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People are using a classic Nickelodeon meme to share the moment they realized they’re gay

Everyone tends to have a defining moment when they first felt sexually or romantically attracted to someone and it’s usually in their early teens.

Someone gives you an intense feeling that you’ve never had before and, while some know exactly what it means, for others, the realization may come in hindsight.

When it comes to gay, lesbian or bisexual people, the moment they realize they may not be straight happens at a median age of 12. Gay men tend to come to this realization a little earlier than lesbians or bisexuals with 38% reporting that they “were younger than 10 when they first felt they were not heterosexual.”

via Pew Research

LGBTQ+ Twitter users are sharing the moment they realized they may not be straight by using a meme from the Nickelodeon show “Drake & Josh” that ran from 2004 to 2007.

The meme is taken from a 2006 episode, “Mindy Loves Josh,” where Megan Parker (Miranda Cosgrove) looks up the symptoms of a skin disease on a computer, at one point taking a sip from a soft drink can and commenting “Interesting.”

The meme became popular in 2015 when Tumblr user commongayboy posted meme based on the scene which gained over 112,200 likes and reblogs in three years.

Last week, the meme evolved on Tumblr when someone posted a photo of a shirtless Clark Kent (Tom Wellington) from “Smallville” chained up with his arms over his head with the comment “12-year-old me realizing I’m gay.”

The post made its way to Twitter where it received over 33,000 likes and inspired countless people to use the meme to share the moment they first realized they may be gay, lesbian or bisexual.

The posts are a fun way for people to share how they came of age while referencing pop culture from a few years back. They also give people reason to pause and reflect on the moment in their lives when they first realized experienced sexual attraction.

However, the interesting thing about sexuality is that it can change over time. The types of people we were first interested in as a teenager may be vastly different from those we find attractive at 50.

In fact, studies show that one’s sexual orientation can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime.

Here are some of the best “12-year-old me realizing I’m gay” memes.

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Snoop Dogg Shows Love For Eminem Following His Top 10 List Controversy

Snoop Dogg sparked conversions among hip-hop fans this week when he declared that Eminem isn’t one of the ten best rappers of all time. He made the claim during a recent Breakfast Club interview, but now, he has shown some love for Eminem.

Sharing a photo on Instagram of them on stage together at Coachella in 2012, Snoop captioned his post, “Slim shady wit silky slim, gang gang.”

Snoop didn’t exactly seem to disparage Eminem during his Breakfast Club interview, and even had praise for him, saying, “Eminem! The Great White Hope! White rappers had zero respect in rap [before him].”

However, he then went on to say, “[Dr. Dre] has probably put Eminem in the position where he could be labeled as one of the top ten rappers ever. I don’t think so, but the game thinks that he’s top ten lyricists and all that that comes with it. That’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem that he could find. […] There’s just some n****s in the ’80s that he can’t f*ck with. Like Rakim, like Big Daddy Kane, like KRS-One, like LL Cool J… shall I go on? Like Ice Cube.”

Snoop has had praise for Eminem before: After Em’s Trump-bashing freestyle at the BET Awards in 2017, Snoop said, “He’s a real n****. That’s all I’m gonna say. That’s what real n****s do, he did what he was supposed to do. It feels good to have a white man say what we’ve been wanting to say for a long time and make it stick.”