recent interview with Carol Channing has left some in
the gay community up in arms, but she has since given
a rebuttal interview with the gay biweekly In Los
Angeles Magazine to dispel the impression that
she is homophobic.
An article by
Kaizaad Kotwal in the November 10 issue of the
Cleveland-basedweekly Gay People's
Chronicle quoted Channing as denouncing gays and
her gay following. "I am knee-deep in the Bible,"
she said in the interview, "and you know what it says
the interview with Jeremy Kinser and Karen Ocamb for
In Los Angeles, said, "I never said that!
I've never read anything in the Bible about being gay, or at
least I haven't read that part. But it is true that I
don't think about them in that way. They are gay. Who
cares? The Bible says, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.'
with Gay People's Chronicle also quoted
Channing as saying that gay people fighting for rights was
"not [her] problem" and that "if they can't take care of
their own problems, then why should I bother."
In her InLos Angeles interview, Channing noted
that her record of fighting for gay rights "speaks for
itself" and described gays as self-sufficient. "Not
being gay, it hasn't been a problem I've had to live
with myself," she said. (The Advocate)
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