Kathy Bates: The gay interview

L14A2832.DNGLong before dishing lesbian wisdom to Melissa McCarthy’s mess of a character in this summer’s road-trip comedy Tammy, which opens tomorrow, Kathy Bates had the gay community in shackles. It didn’t take a sledgehammer to maintain our obsession with her … it just took the Hollywood icon’s every turn on television (Six Feet Under, American Horror Story), Broadway (’Night, Mother) and the big screen (Titanic, Misery, which won her an Oscar).

Notably with Fried Green Tomatoes, her 1991 girl dramedy, and then with Dolores Claiborne and Primary Colors, the SMU alumna has kept us captivated for four decades, bound to her boundless greatness. Now, as one half of a lesbian couple in Tammy (Sandra Oh of Grey’s Anatomy plays her partner), she’s giving you one more reason to be her biggest fan. Our Chris Azzopardi sat down with her to discuss the gay boys she first met in Dallas, kissing girls and her drag impersonators.

Dallas Voice: I’ve never been to an all-lesbian party, but based on the one your character, Lenore, throws in Tammy, clearly I’ve been missing out.  Kathy Bates: You have. It was a lot of fun! It really was. And there was a scene that was cut out of the movie where all the lesbian women on the dock were singing “Fire,” the Bruce Springsteen song, which was pretty fun.

You really can’t go wrong with some lesbians and The Boss.  No, no, no. It’s a sure thing.

Tell me about the best lesbian party you’ve ever been to.  I don’t know if I’ve been to a lesbian party quite like the one we have in Tammy. I’ve known and loved many lesbians in my life … but I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten them all into the same room at the same time! I always imagined that my and Sandra’s characters lived in a very small town, so I think many of these lesbians they’ve known were shipped in and probably work in Lenore’s [pet] shops in other towns, that it’s an annual thing and they come in and hang out for the holiday.

Melissa said your chemistry with Sandra was instantly palpable. Who are some other women you could see yourself going lesbian for onscreen?  Let me think about that. I’m just absolutely in love with Sandra, and let me just say that she really brought our relationship to bloom. She brought a lot of love and warmth, and it was her idea to have wedding rings, which I hadn’t thought about, and also, really, to think that our relationship is the healthiest relationship in the movie.

You know, we’re non-judgmental, and [in] my scene on the dock with Melissa, it was important for me to be able to ad-lib how difficult it is — or was, especially 20, 25 years ago — for lesbian women to come out. I think almost more difficult than for men to come out as gay. She brought just so much love, and she really helped create the little bubble of our relationship, and now I have forgotten your question. Oh, whom else would I like to be with. Ahh, let’s see. Who do I love? Oh, I could totally see this: I shared a plane trip with Uma Thurman once and I thought she was pretty cool. I could see doing a movie with her and having a lesbian relationship — although I’m much too old for her!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: ‘Punch My Tammy’

Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 11.01.21 AMI don’t know why, but this little video really tickled our Tammy.

What’s that, you say? You don’t know what a “Tammy” is, other than a sentimental song from the 1950s recorded by Debbie Reynolds.

Well, you’re about to find out in this super-gay, super-silly (and definitely sexy) little comic video. Definitely NSFW.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Sarah Palin’s Favorite Tweeter Tammy Bruce Quits GOProud

Tammy Bruce announced her resignation from the board of GOProud yesterday on her blog, which is significant because you can probably name only three conservative lesbians without first checking Google. Saying little besides she wishes Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher Barron "well," Bruce leaves behind a sea she's held for a whopping nine months. I assume she plans to spend more time with her family, and then continuing her career of completely contradicting herself. She's nothing if consistently inconsistent.


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Tammy Bruce Quits GOProud

Today openly lesbian right-wing radio host Tammy Bruce announced her resignation from GOProud’s board of directors. This move comes after widespread wingnut condemnation of GOProud chairman Chris Barron for calling high-profile anti-gay activist Cleta Mitchell a “bigot” in an interview with Metro Weekly. From Bruce’s website:

I want to let you know that after being a supporter and serving as Chair of the Advisory Board since May of 2010, I gave Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia my resignation Saturday night. If you search GOProud here at the blog you’ll see the affection with which I’ve held both Chris and Jimmy, and I wish them well. As Independent Conservatives and Tea Party patriots, we have a lot of work to do in the next two years taking our great nation back, and I do look forward to continuing to work with conservatives across the spectrum on the issues with which we all have in common.

Barron’s comments will also likely mean that GOProud will not be allowed to attend CPAC 2012, as the newly named head of the convention has taken particular offense.

The new chair of the American Conservative Union, Al Cardenas, today distanced his organization from GOProud, telling FrumForum in an exclusive interview that “it’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship” with the gay conservative organization. Cardenas, who was selected yesterday to replace outgoing chairman David Keene, told FrumForum that he disapproved of GOProud’s response to the furor. “I have been disappointed with their website and their quotes in the media, taunting organizations that are respected in our movement and part of our movement, and that’s not acceptable. And that puts them in a difficult light in terms of how I view things,” said Cardenas.

Today’s lesson: If you call a bigot a bigot, you don’t get to play with bigots. Seems fair enough.

Joe. My. God.

—  David Taffet

Tammy Bruce Resigns From GOProud Board

Bruce posted about her resignation on her website, though she did not provide a reason for quitting the board of the conservative group.

Tammy Hi everyone,

I want to let you know that after being a supporter and serving as Chair of the Advisory Board since May of 2010, I gave Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia my resignation Saturday night. If you search GOProud here at the blog you’ll see the affection with which I’ve held both Chris and Jimmy, and I wish them well.

As Independent Conservatives and Tea Party patriots, we have a lot of work to do in the next two years taking our great nation back, and I do look forward to continuing to work with conservatives across the spectrum on the issues with which we all have in common.

This on the lasy day of CPAC, which GOProud has been a part of but not without quite a bit of controversy.


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Tweet Of The Day – Tammy Bruce

Homocon radio host and GOProud board member Tammy Bruce has announced an all-out version of “Operation Bristol” to pay back the Democrats she claims mailed Briston Palin a package of talcum powder. Bruce: “If you don’t have ATT phone get a friend who does & use their phone to text vote; vote online, call, & email. Go all out! Show the threatening, unhinged libprogs they will not succeed! A vote for Bristol is also a vote against hate.”

Joe. My. God.

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