Out comedian Margaret Cho explained in
a recent HuffPost Live interview that it's okay to discuss John
Travolta's sexuality because he's in no danger of being bullied.
Roughly 18 months ago, Cho created
controversy when she called Travolta “so gay.”
“John Travolta is so gay,” Cho is
quoted as telling an audience by the UK tabloid Daily
Mail. “I'm going to get in trouble but I'll just tell you.
He's not just gay. He doesn't just like men. He is like Oscar
Wilde gay, like Lord Byron gay. That kind of crazy, incredibly
“I feel bad for him, because I know
he would be much happier if he could just come out. But he can't.
On the set of Face/Off Travolta
“was so pampered and so taken care of, it was the closest I have
ever been to being in the presence of a king,” she said, then
joked, “Or a queen, actually.”
“But I felt bad for him because he
was so gay and couldn't be out about it.”
Cho told HuffPost Live that she had not
violated Travolta's trust by speaking publicly about his sexuality.
“That was a weird kind of thing
because I don't think [Travolta] is in danger of being bullied,”
said. “He didn't even share it with me – it's more that is
the way that he is. And I felt bad and wanted to express the sorrow
that I felt that here's somebody who is so great and has an amazing
side of himself that he can't really share. I don't think that he's
in danger of being hurt... somebody that's living in a conservative
community would need that kind of protection or silence.”
“I mean, he's not in the same league
as anybody I would be talking to. This is another level of kinda of
iconography that I'll never even understand. It's almost like he's
not even really a person, he's like a super being.”