Thursday, September 3, 2009
Who's that Queer?
Moran "Margaret" Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, gay icon, and recording artist. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race, sexuality, and sex. She has also directed and appeared in music videos and has developed own clothing line. Cho is a political advocate and has frequently voiced her support LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community.
Cho's comedy routines are often explicit. She has covered substance abuse, eating disorders, her bisexuality and obsession with gay men, and Asian-American stereotypes, among other subjects in her stand up. Matching her outspoken nature, her material also features commentary on politics and contemporary American culture. In addition to her shows, Cho also developed an additional outlet for her advocacy with the advent of Margaretcho.com and her daily weblog.
A substantial segment of her material and advocacy addresses gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. When San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom directed that San Francisco's city hall issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco in 2004 (until reversed by the state supreme court), Cho started Love is Love is Love, a website promoting the legalization of gay marriage in the United States.
Cho has also been outspoken about her dislike of former President George W. Bush. She began to draw intense fire from conservatives over her fiercely anti-Bush commentary. During one of her live performances in Houston, Texas, conservative groups threatened to picket outside of her show. Although protesters never arrived, she held a counter protest outside the club until security told her she had to go inside.
In 2008, Cho officially gave her support to Illinois Senator Barack Obama for the nomination on the Democratic ticket for the 2008 U.S. presidential race. After Republican Presidential candidate John McCain announced his running-mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, Cho said of Palin, "I think [Palin] is the worst thing to happen to America since 9-11."
On her recent July 20th, 2009 visit to the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Cho explained that she is not lesbian nor bi, but "I" because she wants everyone to like her and be with her.
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