Episode 111: Geek Girl in the News: We are SO Over Body Shaming, Star-Lord #ConfirmedBisexual, & Aliens Exist!?

Geek Girl in the News looks at the awesome or not so awesome news that will make you go either: “YAY” or “OMG I can’t believe that.”

The latest and greatest geek girl news from December 2020 covers the sad passing of the OG Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, the very fact that ALIENS (yep, real life aliens) might exist and the Galactic Federation is an actual, honest to goodness thing, Star-Lord being #ConfirmedCanonBisexual, the many painful fuck-ups with Cyberpunk 2077, Hearthstone’s latest Transgender Champion, Bloodyface, and, kicking off January 2021, we want the internet to stop body shaming our men – even fit men like Kumail Nanjiani, kthx.

Sadly, December saw the passing of another Star Wars star. Jeremy Bulloch passed away early in the month after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He’s remembered for his iconic role as Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode V & VI and so, so many other shows and films over his 45 year-long career. Rest In Peace, you legend.

We also had some rather unsettling news this month coming from a retired senior Israeli security officer. That… aliens??? exist!???? Aliens, collectively known as the Galactic Federation, have been in contact for years, apparently, with Isreal and the USA but have asked these governments to keep their existence secret. Because humanity is NOT ready to hear about it. Why did this security officer spill the tea now? Apparently as a society we’re way more open to this shit than ever before, so he though, well, why not!?

What do you think? Do aliens exist? Is the Galactic Federation a thing that we’ve been in contact with?? Is this the real reason the Space Force was created?

Speaking of Space Force, our real life Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics have confirmed that beloved character, Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord, is bisexual and in a polyamorous relationship! The reveal comes in Guardians of the Galaxy #9 where Quill is in a hot-tub with two people whom he declares are his home. It’s also confirmed that they’re together for over 100 years! Cue the awes, please!

Of course, Chris #TheWorstChris Pratt might not be too happy with this news. So, I guess… watch this space to see if we’re going to see Bi!StarLord portrayed on the big screen!?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (which, honestly, would not blame you in the damn slightest!), you’ve heard about the literal shitshow that was Cyberpunk 2077. Trans and accessibility issues aside, this game was the most highly anticipated game of the year (possibly the decade, who can say!?) and upon release was just…. so fucking riddled with issues we can’t even laugh at it.

In a completely unprecedented move, game carriers such as PlayStation Network and the Microsoft Store actually pulled the game from their sales and offered refunds to any buyer who wants one. WOAH. This will definitely shake up the industry. And it’s, um, definitely going to shake up CD Projekt Red – and not in the good way.

In other transgender news, we welcome the news that Hearthstone’s competitor, Bloodyface, has come out as a transgender woman. We welcome Luna (pronouns she/her) to the ranks and stand with you in support! We are SO here for the first transgender World Champion of Hearthstone!

Finally, as it’s the month of Radical Self-Love here at Geek Herring, we have to talk about the intense body shaming that’s going on. Eternals Kumail Nanjiani is the latest victim of bodyshaming for, get this, being TOO FIT. Dude went through the Marvel superhero training program that all our fave hero actors go through and got buff AF for his role in the upcoming film.

But guess what? After spending an entire year on the program, working out with the best that Marvel offers, and then spending a year in quarantine… he’s still fit. So…. it’s not enough that society body shames fat people, now it’s shaming Kumail for being too fit. Okay, we’re done. -Insert Major Eye Roll Here-

What do YOU think about these news stories? We’d love your take! Let us know in the comments of wherever you see this episode!

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