November 16, 2006


Carol, I love ya love love ya love ya, but either you've changed your views on gays or you've gotten senile and don't know what the fuck you're talking about.


“Gay people are my favorites,” Channing told the Windy City Times last year. “Gay people just know people that are talented. They just know. I’m their queen!”


KK: You seem to have a very large gay following. Have you ever thought about why?

CC: I don’t think about them. I’m grateful that they seem to like me. They’re terribly loyal to me. But I’m knee-deep in the Bible and you know what it says about that.

KK: Alright.

CC: Oh, dear. Is this for a gay publication? Have I offended you?

KK: Yes. For the Gay People’s Chronicle. Right now, it’s really not my job to be offended or not be offended. I am just asking questions and reporting answers. I read that you have fought for gay rights. Do you think that the things gay people are fighting for are important?

CC: I don’t think about it. If they can’t take care of their own problems, why should I bother. It’s not my problem.

KK: I see.

CC: At one time there were seven men doing me in Las Vegas. I began to wonder if I had a glandular problem. But you know that the Bible says that that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.


Now on Queerty, Carol's publicist is discrediting the interviewer, and saying that sections are taken out of context, etc. But it seems unlikely that someone is out to make a name for themselves (especially when you already have a name like Kaizadd Kotwal) by bashing a dithering gay icon--what's the point? She''s hardly been "hot" years. Who'd want to bring her down? A sick queen interviewer? I doubt it. I think it's more likely that Carol's senile and forgot not to express her true views in this chat. Of course, she did have a long abusive relationship with a shady, gay manager husband until she found true love with her childhood sweetheart. So maybe her resentment stems from this. I can't imagine that she'll have very full houses if the queens sense that Carol's doing a Donna Summer on them.

Whadda you think?


Blogger junoman said...

I am sorry to say CC has gone senile, its really sad, and I was waiting to hear about an interview like this.
I met her with my partner at Feinsteins at Regency just a few months, after 2 minutes of conversation, she wasnt making sense at all. It was uncomfortable and sad for everyone. She was an amazing talent.

7:40 PM  
Blogger ayeM8y said...

Have I entered an alternate universe? The GOP body snatchers have gotten to Carol Channing and now she’s knee-deep in the bible. It’s a sad day when the agenda is to turn gay icons against us and into bible thumpers. Who’s next Joan Collins or Debbie Reynolds?

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts, at essay-length:

I think we all know that gay newspapers have lower journalistic standards than general newspapers. The reporter didn't record his call with Carol, and he says he transcribed the interview afterward--by memory! That's not a very professional or accurate way to work, and as a result of such sloppy methodology, he can't prove a thing. If Carol disputes the accuracy of the interview, the burden of proof is on the newspaper, not her. Carol has worked gay events including fundraisers and has always made very positive statements about gays in the past, so many hours of work that secretly hating it the whole time would just be bezerk. The reporter's account--again, from memory--surprises us all because it contradicts years of activity. But why does that make us disbelieve Carol rather than the reporter?

Funny and sad how everyone's seized upon this half-chance to beat up on an 85-year-old woman.

Also, she needs a better publicist. This story was all over the gay internet for days before his statement, which was not well done when it finally came. A better publicist would have Carol doing an interview with the Advocate to clear it up and a big "I love gays" media whirl with live appearances in every big town. You would find me in-the-front-row!

9:55 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

I, too, find it difficult to believe that she suddenly hates gay people. Why would anyone hate US when there are far more egregious offenses taking place on this planet...surely she knows that. Some of the impersonations might get a little on her nerves, maybe, hence the "glandular problem" comment. Also, she might indeed be a tiny bit "loopy," and a reporter with a smarmy demeanor might conceivably put her back up and make her lash out a little bit...

Maybe it's just the Seattle thing. Frances Farmer, Courtney Love, and now Carol...maybe we'd better keep an eye on the Wilson sisters from "Heart." (Just kidding, Seattleites...I love ya! :-))

10:10 AM  
Blogger archive said...

Oh, dear, me, it appears that dememtia's set in at Carol's place.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to slap the old bag's faces!

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carol explains, from the Advocate:

Channing: I didn't say it like that

A recent interview with Carol Channing has left some in the gay community up in arms, but she has since given a rebuttal interview with the gay biweekly In Los Angeles Magazine to dispel the impression that she is homophobic.

An article by Kaizaad Kotwal in the November 10 issue of the Cleveland-based weekly Gay People's Chronicle quoted Channing as denouncing gays and her gay following. "I am knee-deep in the Bible," she said in the interview, "and you know what it says about that."

Channing, in the interview with Jeremy Kinser and Karen Ocamb for In Los Angeles, said, "I never said that! I've never read anything in the Bible about being gay, or at least I haven't read that part. But it is true that I don't think about them in that way. They are gay. Who cares? The Bible says, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' "

The interview with Gay People's Chronicle also quoted Channing as saying that gay people fighting for rights was "not [her] problem" and that "if they can't take care of their own problems, then why should I bother."

In her In Los Angeles interview, Channing noted that her record of fighting for gay rights "speaks for itself" and described gays as self-sufficient. "Not being gay, it hasn't been a problem I've had to live with myself," she said. (The Advocate)

10:53 AM  
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