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Actress Margaret Cho says John Travolta is ‘Oscar Wilde gay’ and he would be ‘happier’ out of the closet

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  1. Margaret Cho should mind her own business.

    If he is gay and wants to come out, that is up to him and no one else.

    1. Margaret Cho is allowed her opinion. Her opinion is an intelligent one. If you want to read more than what PinkNews has provided I suggest you read her article on ‘HuffingtonPost Gay Voices’. Also, Margaret Cho is one of the biggest straight allies and supports we have out there.

      1. My apologies, I claimed Margaret to be a “straight ally”. She is openly bisexual.

        1. Colin (London) 8 May 2013, 1:36pm

          Sorry no… all we can and should do is make society inclusive relaxed and minority group tolerant. The rest is up to the individual.

        2. Darren, I respectfully disagree with you.

          No one has the right to try and out someone else. Even if she is an ally.

          1. I agree. It is a personal journey and choice and to try and force someone out is as bad as trying to keep them in. The bottom line is coming out is about YOU not society and not about what your coming out represents to others.

          2. I also agree. It might arguably be different if he were, say, advocating the restriction of equal rights for gay people or something like that, but I’ve not heard of him taking any such stance.

          3. Agreed – the only exception being if that person is a hypocrite and I’ve never heard of Travolta making anti-gay comments.

      2. Thanks for the heads-up, that Margaret Cho video clip was a gem, she is really good, loved it!

  2. Bob Bruinsma 8 May 2013, 12:26pm

    So what if he is, stop labeling people they come in different shapes and sizes with their own preferences and their ways to deal with it.

  3. I have known self loathing closeted gay men over the years and it isn’t just themselves they are damaging – they damage all those close to them that they lie too – wives, children, relations and young people growing up and having this negative representation of gay and shame – it’s actually very Sad – but as Rupert Everett has said in Hollywood gay men can play leads if they stay closeted – what a pathetic world we have created thru ignorance, bigotry and brain washing faith!

    1. FYI, there are many openly gay men who have played straight leading men over the years. Look at Ramon Novarro or Valentino or William Haynes or Farley Granger.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 2:24pm

        None of them were openly gay, nor was Rock Hudson. It would have been the end of their careers had they come out in public Hollywood made sure Rock Hudson married a woman to hide his orientation. here hasn’t been one openly gay actor yet who has played a leading straight man in an American film and it’s the one thing that I would agree on with Rupert Everett.

        1. Robert, it is interesting that you mention Rock Hudson as an example. Rock Hudson is said made a fatal mistake of going into a gay establishment during the filming of Giant early in his career. Rumor has it that a patron contacted Hedda Hopper/Hollywood Reporter to out him. Headed for stardom, the studio’s instead of allowing him to be outed, supposedly offered up a lesser known up and coming individual for her to out instead and saved his career. Several biographies and biopics have indicated the studio arranged for him to t marry his secretary Phillis as a diversionary tactic but this was short lived.

          The studio’s supposedly wanted to protect Rock Hudson and said they arranged liaisons to keep him out of the public domain. A story about pranksters and a supposed mock beach wedding between him and Jim Neighbour brought him into the lime light again and rumor said until he died, he and Jim neighbour never spoke or associated after the prank almost compromised both their careers.

      2. “Openly gay” is pushing it. The jury’s out on Rudolph Valentino and Granger was bisexual. Novarro, perhaps, though ‘out’ only in Hollywood; and Haines (I had to look him up) lost his career when his sexuality became public knowledge. And all that was quite some time in the past. Hollywood hasn’t changed much (though the world of TV has moved much faster).

        1. I assumed Rudy Valentino was gay until I saw the youtube video accompanying to Danii Minogue’s
          “All I Wanna Do Is Touch You”, he is seriously hot in his bathers either way.

          1. I think it’s possible he was at least bisexual, but there’s no proof and he most certainly wasn’t “openly gay” as jafuf claims above.

  4. It’s funny how this sort of sexuality-based bullying is totally unacceptable when the victim is under 18; but after that it’s open season~

    1. You need to see the Margaret Cho video on HuffingtonPost Gay Voices that Darren mentioned in his earlier comment, you’ll maybe get the whole thing better.

  5. It’s funny that an LGBT focused publication should refer to statements about someone’s sexual orientation as “accusations” almost implying there’s something bad about being gay.

    If he is, he is, if he isn’t, he isn’t. I don’t much care. I think she has the right to claim someone is gay but she can’t know that he identifies as gay, unless he told her.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 1:42pm

    Margaret Cho once said England was boring including our t.v. programmes after performing here and her video of that went viral on YouTube with some very nasty American and anti-British comments posted. Maybe she was being funny or serious, hard to say, yet she still keeps coming back to perform? If she doesn’t like it here then why bother coming back?

    In regard to this article, she ought to mind her own business and have some respect for others struggling with their orientation assuming John Travolta is gay. I personally don’t care one way or the other and neither should she.

  7. This has to be Hollyweed’s worst kept ‘secret’, right up there with Liberace. I heard from a friend of a prominent person that he likes ‘doing it’ with ‘straight’ men. Of course, with his money, it would be easy to afford to have sex with anyone you wanted…and there are more than a few ‘gay for pay’ porn stars, etc.

    1. You forgot the other ‘secret’ about Tom Cruise, which absolutely no-one has ever been able to prove.

      Travolta’s so gay that he’s been married to the same woman for over 20 years and had 3 children by her, huh? It’s not impossible I suppose, but you’d have to wonder what she thinks about it all.

      1. What she thinks about it all?


        Same thing paid “wife” Katie Holmes thinks.

        1. Maybe – and indeed I’ve met women who’ve had children by men they’ve known to be gay (though they didn’t stay married to them for that long). But, unless you know these people personally, you actually have no idea. And there is something very disagreeable about passing off vulgar speculation as some sort of fact.

  8. for goodness sake WHO CARES IF A STAR IS GAY OR STRAIGHT…..we don’t own them. While we continue to gasp in shock and horror, people in the public eye will fear to come out. Though there are a lot of bigotry and hatred towards us LGBT people, by hiding we are making it an issue. John, whether you are or not gay, be happy with who you are, and be proud…whatever your sexuality.

    1. One thing is for certain, John Travolta is a star and he lives like a star that’s for sure.

  9. She wasn’t outing him at all. She wasn’t making a statement to the press – she was doing a stand-up routine. Most comedians poke fun at other celebs, and many times say what we all already think in their routines. No issue here…move along..

  10. People should leave him alone. It’s his decision how he wants to live his life.

  11. Samuel B. 8 May 2013, 3:12pm

    This can only be good news to someone like me weaned on Grease and Summer Nights, and who longed to be Sandy in her wild cat guise.

    Confirmation of Mr. Travolta’s gayness will certainly give new meaning to the phrase “grease lightning”, unless that’s already occurred to some opportunistic lube manufacturer…

  12. Travolta will only be who he wants too be. Its his life nobody else’s, he will choose too do whatever he wants.

    When the sun rises every morning its your day, you make it what it is, you are in control of life choices and the decisions are up too you and you alone. Their maybe influences and situations on the macro level but on the micro level, that is up to the individual alone. People may not like the action you take, some maybe even illegal but your choosing that action /situation is down too the individual.

    Their is nothing we can do, we can choose to judge and have an opinion if you want too but will that change the situation/action? probably not!

  13. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 4:25pm

    Similar rumours have been around about Hugh Jackman,, but he set the record straight to pacify his wife, no pun intended.

  14. If Rupert Everett stopped pretending to be gay and came out as the straight actor we all know he really is then he would have one less excuse for his uneventful film acting career (lol)

  15. George Broadhead 8 May 2013, 4:39pm

    Whether gay or straight, Travolta is a follower of the dangerous Scientology cult and should be shunned on that account.

  16. Margaret Cho has not outed Travolta.

    The National Enquirer did an interview with his male lover in the 1980’s.

    Since then there have been a series of sexual assault allegations made by men against Travolta, and kiss and tells by some of his male lovers.

    This is not news – it’s widely known – even my 70 year old mother thinks he’s gay.

    1. It might be useful to note that none of these allegations have withstood inspection. There is a terrible danger in accepting allegations as fact – as indeed there can be in dismissing allegations altogether, you have to be cautious either way. There have been rumours (“facts”) about Tom Cruise for decades, yet not one single allegation has been proven – in this day and age of phone cameras and social networking and celebrity obsessions, if he really is gay don’t you think it’d have become public knowledge by now?

  17. Suddenly Last Bummer 8 May 2013, 8:05pm

    I don’t give a hoot if John Trav is straight or gay but Face/Off is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen.

  18. It is funny how a lot of you want to protect travolta’s privacy about his sexuality without considering the dangerous teachings of his religion/cult regarding homosexuality. Different story when it is a Catholic Bishop etc.

    1. A Catholic bishop is likely to have a far more active role in promoting his cult’s ideas with regard to homosexuality than an ordinary member of the congregation, wouldn’t you say? And so where is the evidence that Travolta actively promotes the views of the ‘Scientologists’?

  19. John Travolta may be similar to Oscar Wilde – married and father to a couple of children. Both of them fit the bisexual description as readily as gay (Wilde) or straight (Travolta).

  20. …look, there is one thing regarding all males sexualities let alone film stars and that is, they need to protect their image. John Travolta has for a long time been quite obviously Gay and so is George Clooney and many many others like them, people are more concerned about the homosexual closet. We humans are dreadfully pathetic.

    1. Making assumptions based on stereotypes could be seen as pathetic, yes.

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  22. Michael Stevens 9 May 2013, 9:35pm

    Actually comparing him to Oscar Wilde is a very intelligent move by Cho – he was married and had kids too.

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