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Billie Jean King: Sarah Palin 'Great...Awesome...Honest...Real'

This one threw me for a loop. The NY Observer tracked feminist lesbian tennis icon Billie Jean King down at Cipriani recently and asked her what she thought of the media's treatment of Sarah Palin...

Billiejeanking_2Said King: "Now we're back to the experience. Remember how they were talking about how the experience for Hillary wasn't necessary? Do you notice how they're talking about experience again? I'm just cracking up. I'm just like, whatever! I think Palin's great. I think she's awesome. I think she's honest, I think she's real."

The Observer continued: "But would the Governor of Alaska have been so quick to release public statements about her family if her daughter Bristol was revealed to be gay, instead of pregnant? 'That was one question I had in my mind,' said Ms. King, who was first prominent professional female athlete to come out. 'I have no idea. Her, I think she'd embrace the child and then have to start thinking about the issue.'"

Because all that "thinking" about their lesbian daughter really affected policy in the Bush/Cheney White House, right?

UPDATE: King clarifies remarks...supporting Obama.

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  1. Now be easy on poor BJK, after all she clearly is suffering from HBS, Head Board Syndrome. Most know of course this happens to many, but butch bottoms, despite gender, are a high risk group.

    Suffers are often compared to professional boxers and people who are dropped on their heads. There is no cure at this time, but medication is advised, it is also recommended to keep them from operating heavy machinery or voting booths.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Sep 9, 2008 2:34:54 PM

  2. Don't let Elton John hear this ! He did not write Philadelphia Freedom for a slacker.
    We ALL need to come together (Jason and Ricky) and vote democtatic.
    Here is Mccains record on gay rights and it SUCKS (and not in a good way)

    Posted by: Tyler | Sep 9, 2008 3:06:21 PM

  3. BJK was a HUGE Hillary supporter. She actively campaigned for her. At a recent book signing in NYC, BJK made it clear how she thought the media was sexist and unfair to Hillary. So it's natural that she should feel that Palin is getting the same treatment. BJK also didn't have much to say about Obama...she was still devastated that HRC lost.

    BJK is a feminist first, Democrat second.

    Posted by: ALSNYC | Sep 9, 2008 4:29:30 PM

  4. "BJK is a feminist first, Democrat second."

    Well, she's clarified that she is, in fact, supporting Obama. Since the vast majority of feminists are also Democrats, they usually don't need to put one before the other.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 9, 2008 7:41:35 PM

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