Margaret Cho no longer considers herself a fag hag. The gay icon has, she says, transcended the semi-controversial, semi-revered label to a new one: mother. No, she hasn’t produced offspring, but she has been a part of the movement long enough and adopted enough gay men to consider herself one.
“If you’re around long enough, that’s what happens. You become a mother to all these gay men,” Cho told Out Front while discussing her upcoming tour that stops in Denver Oct. 18 at the Paramount Theatre. “It’s a gratifying thing — but a role that’s never been explored.”
Cho’s tour, appropriately titled “Mother,” will also explore her relationship with her own mom Seung-Hoon Cho, who Cho has made as famous as herself in previous tours.
“My mother did not prepare me for the world. First, I was named the poetic Korean name ‘Moran’ which was perfect for the kids at school to call me ‘moron’ and set me up for a good quarter century of therapy,” she said in a media release announcing her tour. “However, I can clean a fish with my bare hands. So there are pros and cons of being from an Asian immigrant family.”
It’s that kind of brutal honesty and human frailty that has made Cho famous, and might be why her comedy has resonated with gay audiences so well.
“You have to come to understand a truth that we’re all just human beings,” she said, “And sometimes we’re just gonna shit our pants — sometimes.”
Margaret Cho has never been afraid to share political views. During President George W. Bush’s administration the comedian developed an entire tour around Bush, the wars and what she saw as an escalating police state. Cho shared some of her current thoughts with Out Front.
On Hillary Clinton in 2016
“I want her to run. I think she will.”
Cho said her parents, who are naturalized citizens, never believed they had the right to vote. So, she takes the right very seriously, and worked in 2008 and 2012 to get out the vote for Barack Obama. “Everyone should have an opinion,” she said, “and exercise it.”
“It’s a hard job,” she said, seemingly cutting the Democrat slack she might not have afforded a Republican. “There’s so much opinion and information out there about what he’s doing. I support him. I still think he’s doing an amazing job. But people are going to be disappointed.”
On what’s next with LGBT rights
As the march for marriage equality continues to move forward, Cho said she believes many issues are being missed, especially at the state level. “There are still a lot of anti-sodomy laws, while unenforced, are still on the books.” She said states need to do a better job of extending rights to gay parents and LGBT people in the workforce.