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Is It OK for Margaret Cho to Out Celebs Like Travolta?

By Brandon Voss

Margaret Cho found herself in hot water recently when she "outed" former costar John Travolta during her stand-up act.

The comedian has responded to the controversy with a smart, powerful, and sometimes hilarious op-ed on HuffPost about why gay celebs need to shut the closet door behind them.

"If public figures came out of the closet, then the LGBT kids who saw them on TV would feel safe, before they even knew why they felt dangerous," she writes. "Maybe if enough people came out of the closet, gay kids would never feel dangerous. Maybe we could have a world where we could all just live. We may not all agree, but why can't we just all live?"

Cho, who learned about outing in the '80s and '90s from political gay men in San Francisco, was deeply affected by witnessing her close friends battle homophobia and AIDS. "I have seen too much death to take things lightly," she concludes. "I don't have a prescription for a chill pill. I don't think that I am asking so much of celebrities. I don't think I am asking that much of the world."

Is a celebrity's right to privacy paramount, or does Margaret have a point? Read her full piece here.

Photo: Austin Young

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