The ‘Single All The Way’ Star On Her Status As A Queer Icon

There are few celebrities having a better year than beloved gay icon Jennifer Coolidge. Earlier this year, she had a supporting role in the Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman. The Legally Blonde scene-stealer followed that up co-starring in THE show of the summer, The White Lotus, hopefully on her way to a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination. Now, the 2 Broke Girls actress is starring along with Michael Urie, Luke MacFarlane and Kathy Najimy in Single All the Way, Netflix’s first gay-themed holiday rom-com. 

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Coolidge, 60, has long been adored by the queer community. In writing this article, I hit something of a roadblock – I mean many times can you preface her name with “scene-stealer?'” But in movies like Best in Show, American Pie, and A Mighty Wind, that is exactly what she does. Every. Single. Time.

Single All the Way acknowledges her rabid queer fan base, and leans into it as her character Aunt Sandy says, “the gays know how to do stuff. For some reason, they are always obsessed with me.” Check out more of that scene below!


The A Cinderella Story actress spoke to The A.V. Club during the promotional tour for Single All the Way, about how even from an early age she gravitated towards queer people, 

“It just started from a very young age. I don’t think when you’re young, you’re very conscious of any decision you make … You go with what you’re attracted to. I think that’s really what most of our youth is. And that’s just what I was attracted to in all my friends. I don’t think they had figured it out at the time when we were really, really young, but they eventually figured it out.

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Coolidge added that,

“And yeah, and it was all the gay men and all the gay women in my town, at my school or at camp. I think it’s just a mutual thing. I was never conscious of it, ever. It was just the people I was attracted to,” 

Single All the Way premiered on Netflix on December 2nd. Check out the trailer below.

And here are a couple more Instagram posts we just friken love of hers. 


Sources: The AV Club

6 thoughts on “The ‘Single All The Way’ Star On Her Status As A Queer Icon”

  1. She was great on that one Sex And The City episode, but unfortunately they didn’t make her character funny in this movie, she just came across as unhinged. This movies sucks..I made it about 2/3 of the way through and had to turn it off. Hollywood has drained all of the joy out of entertainment in favor of woke hectoring on social issues.

  2. its the height of privilage when you use the Q word, a gay male slur, and don’t expect to marginalize a big part of the gay male community. Try using the n word and see how far you go

    • Queer is a word that has changed usage, prominence, influence over the years. It is not the height of privilege when it is used, but an understanding of progression of our community. Embracing a word that has caused pain and lifting it to a word of acceptance and power is, well, empowering. Interesting you bring up the n-word. Ever hear it used within their community? What do you think of individuals that are using the n-word within their community? Do you look down at them with disgust?

  3. Years ago, not too terribly long after American Pie came out, she was still doing stand up and came to Raleigh, NC. After the show she showed up at the local gay bar afterwards. She couldn’t have been any sweeter or gracious, talked to everyone and did selfies with anyone that asked. Also, just as funny in person!


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