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Sun. Apr 18th, 2021

Mata Hari by Unknown author / Public domain; Ellen Degeneres and Anne Heche by photo by Alan Light / CC BY

S8E1: Dancing Queen | Mata Hari & Ellen Degeneres and Anne Heche

Welcome to Season 8! This week, we have two Dancing Queens with some very public baggage. First up, Alicia has the story of legendary erotic performer and alleged super spy, Mata Hari. A cache of documents that became public in 2017 has prompted a re-evaluation of Mata Hari’s World War I loyalties and activities, and really made German and French intelligence look bad. Then, Stacie brings us to the 1990s, when comedian Ellen Degeneres caused the world to lose its mind by coming out as a lesbian. There were consequences, both for her and her then-girlfriend, actress Anne Heche.

Stacie’s Receipts:

Ellen’s Oprah Interview pt. 1

Part II, where the uptight white women begin their attack

Part III, and the further objections of middle America

Part IV, where Anne Heche joins the interview

This is the Kevin T. Porter Twitter thread about the abusive atmosphere at Ellen that’s been a really amusing read since March.

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