Home' LOTL : July 2005 Contents LOUISE RUSSO SPEAKS TO COMEDIAN
MARGARET CHO ON THE EVE OF HER
Are you still shocking straight audiences?
Well, I think I'm just shocking
everybody. The show that I'm doing now
is very political. It's just such an extreme
time, there's so many problems. The
United States is trying to include the
world in their bullshit, so there's a need
for somebody to be really outspoken
against a lot of things that are happening
here: issues like gay marriage and George
Bush trying to do away with social
security. It's really a demoralising time to
be progressive politically living here, and
it's wrecking the world.
Hence the former title of your show State
My show was called State of Emergency
but it's turned into Assassin because it
needed more emphasis on what needs to
be done! It's just about being active and
not feeling powerless. More people voted
in the last election than ever. It's the time
to take action politically and it's really
important for gays and lesbians especially
because we've really come into this new
way of being, and we've got to make
great strides right now.
You are one of a handful of female
celebrities speaking out against President
Bush. Ironically, you were to appear at the
Democratic National Convention but you
It shows how the Republicans and
Democrats aren't that different in their
conservatism. The Democrats didn't want
to invite controversy and having me as a
very queer, outrageous, feminist voice is
very threatening to them. I'm not a man;
they don't trust it. "What's she going to
say, what's she going to do?" It's about
trying to contain women's voices, queer
voices. When you are actually working in
the mainstream they can limit you if
you're not a mainstream artist.
You received a lot of hate mail which you
post on your website.
It's difficult to deal with in a way, and
then it's not. People are so racist and
sexist and homophobic and just so awful --
but you can't take it personally, even
though it's meant to be taken personally. I
kind of enjoy it because it makes you
think that you are doing something right.
How will you adapt the Assassin tour to
A lot of the principles are kind of the
same. We live in the Western world that
believes itself to be a free democratic
society yet there's certain things that don't
make it so, like [the ban on] gay marriage,
the war in Iraq. So taking the show all
over the world has changed it, but not the
basic message, which is: we all deserve
freedom, we all deserve equality.
You're a gutsy chick. You were
performing comedy at age 16; you
opened for Jerry Seinfeld at age 20.
It was very young. I didn't want to do
anything else. I didn't want to go to
school; I didn't want to live a life that
was not interesting. I just knew that I
wanted to be a performer; I needed to do
it quickly, so I started off as soon as I
How do you balance your outrageous
material with a Korean background?
I don't really think about balancing it. I
just talk about whatever comes up, if it's
funny or interesting.
You created the website
loveisloveislove.com about gay marriage.
It's a place where people can update news
and information that relates to marriage
Photos: Austin Young
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