My name is Björn Jóhann — half-Icelandic, half-American, full-on Scorpio.

I’m fascinated by the world around me. My articles are in-depth examinations of current events, popular media, and queer narratives.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter to see all my latest updates. …


It’s actually pretty good for humankind.

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Veganism. It kinda gets a bad rep.

Listen, I get it. When you imagine a vegan, you probably think of a skinny white person munching on avocado toast in a Portland cafe or that one quiet friend of yours berating you during a barbecue. I wouldn’t want an ethics lesson…


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is parodied on both ‘The Boys’ and ‘Space Force’. Why?

AOC strawman ‘Victoria Neuman’ from Amazon’s “The Boys” after assassinating a religious leader| GIF courtesy of Amazon Prime

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a supervillain.

No, this isn’t someright-wing conspiracy theory floating around on Parler (although given Parler, who knows really) — it's a plot point of The Boys, the superhero dark comedy from Prime Video. Its massively popular second season revolved around a central mystery: who’s assassinating powerful figures…


Joe Biden wins the US Presidential election. Hatred has been defeated.

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump has been fired.

Suddenly, the thing we knew to be true — that we knew from the slow voter counts in Georgia, and Arizona, and Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and Michigan — became a reality. The voters (and the electoral college) chose to reject Trump. …


This isn’t going to be easy.

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Today is Election Day and I am ready. But I’m also not ready.

The memory of Election Day 2016 hits me. I was drinking champagne with friends the day before my birthday, excited to usher in a new era of a female presidency. …


It might be rough.

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For any US citizens out there, or anyone living within the boundaries of the United States of America, or even someone concerned about the fate of the world, listen in. This week will be tough.

Even if we triumph — if the orange-y, anthropomorphized gasket of toxic masculinity we know…


Number 2: Chris Messina

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If you’re lucky enough not to have a Twitter account, you may not be aware that Chris Pratt has been unceremoniously booted from the Four Horsemen of the Chrispocalypse: Pratt, Pine, Hemsworth, and Evans.

The new twist in the Chris discourse (Chriscourse?) stems from many factors. His refusal to condemn…


And no, anxiously refreshing 538’s homepage isn’t one of them.

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Look. We’ve all been there. Anxiously refreshing 538's Election Forecast to see how likely Trump’s defeat is. There is something unbelievably satisfying about watching his numbers slowly fall. Seeing that blue line trending upwards. It’s as soothing as a cup of chamomile.

But polls, while sporting robust statistical methodology, are…


How can I look bigotry in the eyes when they belong to people I love?

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My grandmother's favorite musical was Wicked.

“Play ‘Popular’! Play ‘Popular’!” I would yell on our carpools to my Catholic elementary school. On the next red light, she would slide in the CD and I would sing my heart out to the magical campiness as we imaged green-skinned witches and flying…


Ruth Bader Ginsburg is resting. But we must not rest.

Justice “Notorious RBG” | Image courtesy of Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

I, like so many other Americans, am heartbroken by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately nicknamed ‘Notorious RBG” by her many fervent admirers. Her absence feels like a hollowness inside of me.

It’s difficult to summarize how much she meant to us. To women. To gay people. …

Björn Jóhann

A queer, herbivorous, leftist Viking. I write about society, justice, and popular media. UChicago grad. Based in Iceland.

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