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“IT’S META. IT’S MAGICAL. IT’S ME”

ACTOR-SLASH-SINGERSONGWRITER- SLASHACTIVIST- SLASH-COMIC MARGARET CHO TALKS TO JANE CZYZSELSKA
PHOTO ALBERT SANCHEZ

I speak to Margaret Cho on the day that English actor and rapper Ed Skrein (yes, the hirsute hero of Game Of Thrones S3 fame) announces he’s decided not to play a character written as Japanese American in the new Hellboy movie amid accusations of yellowface, an issue that is close to the comedian’s heart.

It wasn’t that long ago that Cho had an email run-in with androgynous actor Tilda Swinton after the latter was cast in Doctor Strange as a character originally written as a Tibetan man. Cho explained why this was problematic, prompting Swinton to ask Cho “why all the Asian people were mad”. Cho then accused Swinton of treating her “like her house Asian… like her servant”, going on to tell podcast TigerBelly, “Bitch, I can’t tell them… I don’t have a yellow phone under a cake dome.”

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Comedian, actor, author and all-round superstar Margaret Cho has been thrilling audiences around the world for more than 20 years, and we’re delighted to have her on our cover this month. In a revealing interview with Jane Czyzselska, she talks about “yellow face”, the threat of nuclear war, and her new provocative new show Fresh Off The Bloat. Also in this issue… Munroe Bergdorf joins the DIVA team! The King and I: Carrie Lyell meets tennis legend Billie Jean King The Hearts will go: Donna Deitch on the legacy of her iconic film Desert Hearts Toya Delazy: Roxy Bourdillon chats to the real life Powerpuff Girl Mo Kenney on her new record The Details Same-sex parenting 101: A handy guide to navigating life as a queer mama Write here, write now: Books editor Kaite Welsh looks ahead to National Novel Writing Month Queer classics revisited PLUS: Homotopia, travel and so much more!
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