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Cher Tells Gay Audience That Judy Garland Has Nothing on Her: VIDEO


Cher accepted a "Legend Award" from the UK's Attitude magazine over the weekend.

She joked that "of course" the first gay men she knew were hairdressers when she was a child and her mother had them over, adding that she didn't know what "gay" meant at the time:

"In the beginning, I actually thought that 'gay' was code for 'fun'.”

Added Cher: "Gay men especially...they either love you or they don't even notice that you're on the planet. And I think what they like — I think what you guys like — is you like a strong woman that's having a breakdown constantly, and that certainly is me. Judy Garland's got nothing on me."


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  1. odd.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 23, 2013 11:11:05 AM

  2. The usual bitter haters start posting in 3..2..1..

    Posted by: BETTY | Oct 23, 2013 11:30:45 AM

  3. Graham Norton has one thing on her, a great autobiography, hope she does one soon.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Oct 23, 2013 12:15:17 PM

  4. Partly it is the times, but Cher has been incredibly supportive of GLBT people. She has courted us and spoken up for our rights. Judy Garland, of course, never did that--mostly because of the times she lived in, but when she was made aware of her gay following she was a little uncomfortable with it.

    Posted by: Daniel | Oct 23, 2013 12:22:36 PM

  5. Does everybody, including the post's author, really not get that Cher is saying that she's constantly having more breakdowns than even a woman who was famous for her epic breakdowns?

    Is it really lost on everyone that this is not a boast, but a self-deprecating joke?

    At least this site's never boring.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 23, 2013 12:45:13 PM

  6. She deserves every award on the planet and then to rule the planet.


    Posted by: Bobby | Oct 23, 2013 12:55:52 PM

  7. "I think what you guys like — is you like a strong woman that's having a breakdown constantly"

    Hello Cher, the 60's are calling, they want their tired, dated, offensive stereotypes back, even if they are "self-deprecating". Oh and when are you going to apologize for playing Sun City in South Africa during apartheid?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Oct 23, 2013 12:56:18 PM

  8. @ "Someone needs to tell Little Kiwi about that baldness cure!"


    I was getting ready to say something stupid--comparing Cher's life to Garland, Helen Morgan, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, Janis Joplin, etc . You stopped me. Thanks.

    Posted by: Derrick from Phill | Oct 23, 2013 12:57:47 PM

  9. OK, something is going terribly wrong here today with me trying to comment. It can't be booze because I don't have any.

    I just want to say I appreciate the comment posted by ONCEMOREWITHFEELING--that's all.


    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 23, 2013 1:08:33 PM

  10. @Derrick — sorry you didn't make your comment fully, the beginning was pretty much my unborn fetus of a comment. Thanks, you saved me the trouble. Of course, I'm kind of assuming that you really wanted to say that Cher hasn't had it that bad (no, no, get back…). Although who knows, it's all relative. And subjective.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 23, 2013 1:16:00 PM

  11. Gays love dramatic diva types because they are wanton and outrageous and get away with it. Ru Paul too. But most men have to be more careful than that (the Patriarchy) and gay men, because they have been so savaged by the culture generally, reject (or want to) the oppression which the diva (Cher in this case, but also Madonna and now Gaga and others as well) also rejects. When done with genuine style and aplomb it can raise a wild cry of joy and of satisfaction.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 23, 2013 1:19:41 PM

  12. It's funny about Judy. I do love her (especially in her duets with Barbra on her tv show), but she was not supportive of her gay audience.

    Here's a youtube vid of Judy supposedly defending her gay audience (she's out of it here; barbiturates) -- but she's not. She seems to be slightly homophobic. At 3:30 in:

    Posted by: will | Oct 23, 2013 1:37:59 PM

  13. would YOU accept an award for being YOURSELF? How narcissistic would it have been for Cher to say you love me because of A, B, C! She was being self-deprecating and a bit honest in at as well. Love her~

    Posted by: tagg | Oct 23, 2013 5:16:40 PM

  14. As a 20-something guy, Cher is pretty much irrelevant to my landscape, but what i do know is that Cher owes her Gay audience everything. In my opinion, she should be giving back to them, not the other way around.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 24, 2013 3:44:29 AM

  15. LOVE THIS!

    Posted by: Marc | Oct 24, 2013 6:04:28 AM

  16. @Tristam

    Cher doesn't owe her gay audience everything. There is this thing called the 1960's that happened before we were born and apparently she and this guy called Sonny where huge then and had tv shows and records and everything.

    Also, I heard she won like an Oscar or something...whatever that is.

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 24, 2013 8:11:48 AM

  17. @Tristam...Cher does have a huge Gay fan base but her appeal spans every generation, nationality and sexuality. The "Gays" are not her saving grace even though she thinks we are.

    Posted by: tagg | Oct 24, 2013 5:05:37 PM

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