Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Margaret Cho Answered My Questions!

A while back, I responded to a message I got from Venus Zine, asking for questions for Margaret Cho, the most amazing comedian in the world. Anyone who knows me knows I love Margaret Cho to death. I was so excited that I was picked to be published in the magazine and I've waited since this April 15th email to see what question of mine they used, and how Margaret answered it!

Subject: Congrats from Venus Zine
Hi everyone! How are you?
Just writing to congratulate you, because you asked great questions of Margaret Cho, and she has just sent us her responses, which will be published in our summer issue, out June 1. Because of space constraints in the magazine, we will have to publish some of the Q&A on in June.

Amy Schroeder
Editor & Founder
Venus Zine

Yes, that is an email from the Editor & Founder of Venus Zine! :o) Literally about 10 minutes ago, I found out that two of my questions were published in the magazine, not just on the website. How exciting!

Here ya go. These made the print mag:
I saw you on Chelsea, Lately, and she stated that she loves ethnic humor. She said it wasn't a big deal to joke about a Black person being lazy and other such stereotypes. I thought you handled it well by saying (more or less) that it was about respect. I am dying to know what was running through your head at that moment.
— Caissa McClinton of Mexico City, Mexico

I really like Chelsea Handler; she’s funny and amazing. I was just commenting about how people get really upset about race because it isn't about the joke, but about everything else leading up to the joke — the lack of respect that would warrant the joke. But I wasn't sure if I got all that out.

There's been a huge resurgence of crafting lately. All the cool kids are doing it. Are you? If so, what kind of crafting?
Caissa McClinton
I am crafty, but I don't have time to pursue it. I am a really good seamstress and can make complete outfits from discontinued patterns from the ’30s and ’40s. No, really, I am amazing at it, but it takes forever and hurts my eyes and back. Sewing gets me high!
I learned to sew just a few years ago. I taught myself on my mother’s old Singer. She didn’t teach me, though, because she had mostly forgotten how to use it since it has been so long since she sewed.
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One of the reasons I so admire you is that you seem to be completely fearless. I love your strong personality and your ability to live freely. Has there ever been a time when you've looked back at a joke, a public statement, or an assertion and felt regret or fear? If so, how did you get over it, or what did you do to correct it?
Caissa McClinton
Oh, no. I don't regret anything — possibly because I go out of my way not to hurt people and just tell the truth. I am never embarrassed or regretful of the truth. I think it’s really horrible if I hurt people’s feelings, and I never want to hurt anyone with something I’ve said.
Yes, folks, that's 3 out of 3 questions sent to Margaret Cho, answered by Margaret Cho, and published by Venus Zine. Ahhh. I'm so happy! I'll have to get my print copy when I go back to Chicago for a visit!
Thank you, Margaret Cho, and Venus Zine!
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