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Cher Appears at GLAAD Awards

Cherfro2Cher and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Chaz Bono last weekend. Cher’s appearance was a surprise and noted as a highlight of the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Everyone is loving the wig.

"I'm here because Chaz has the most courage of almost anyone I know. The other day I was having a big meltdown (like you do) and Chaz said, 'Are you going to come to the [GLAAD event],' and I went 'Chaz, you know, I'm not doing well right now' and…he texted me and said 'I turned into a very understanding, smart man and you can call on me.' And it made me feel so good, like I could lean on someone. It touched my heart."

Addressing Bono directly, Cher said, "You are the most courageous person I know and you really deserve this award, so come up and get this award!"

Bono, who once served as GLAAD's entertainment media director, discussed the role the organziation has played in his life: 

"This truly means so much to me, because not only did I work at GLAAD, I think I learned everything that I value and that I do now as an activist from the time I spent at GLAAD. Cherfro..I learned here to use the greatest activist tool that we have at our disposal, and that is the media....For my personal journey since I transitioned, GLAAD has been there for me every step of the way. From when it first came out that I was transitioning, GLAAD was right there, out front in the media. And really everything that I've done since then, they have been a partner for me to be able to go to when Million Moms is coming out against me or Keith Ablow is telling people that me being on Dancing with the Stars is somehow going to be damaging to children. They have really been a partner for me all the way."

Winning awards that night:

  • Modern Family (Outstanding Comedy Series)
  • Hot in Cleveland episode “Drop Dead Diva” (Outstanding Individual Episode) 
  • Reality TV show Becoming Chaz (Outstanding Documentary)
  • Ewan McGregor's movie Beginners (Outstanding Film)

Excerpts from:


Weird News

KgriffCher gives Kathy Griffin Love Advice

"You gotta put yourself in different environments bitch."

That’s actually good advice.

Australian Key to the City Given to Cher Shows Up On Ebay

Cher tweets “I don’t know what happened” message but this is really stupid non-news. Do you know how many keys to cities float about out there in celebrity land? Cher would need a special storage until for all her city keys I imagine she has. Whether her office f’d up or not: who cares?

Okay, Adelaide Australia seems to care quite a bit. Maybe they feel singled-out because Cher hasn’t sold off or given away her keys to the cities of St. Louis or Albuquerque yet. Surely she has some of those too!

Why are we talking about this again?

Allman Bio is My Cross to Bear

CrossSpeaking for Cher fans, I can say this "My Cross to Bear" is an apropos title: Allman has indeed always been our Cher-fan's cross to bear.

So finally husband #2 writes a book. Goody. Sonny’s book was factually flawed and he was sober during the creation of it. I'm not holding out much hope for a pristine account of events.

Here are some Cher-related excerpts as reviewed by Susannah Cahalan:

In 1973, he met Cher at one of his shows. She was far from a fan, only ever having heard the song “Ramblin’ Man.”

Allman had a serious crush on the singer, “She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell,” he writes.

[Damp and sea-weedy?]

He convinced a friend to ask her out for him by bribing him with the promise of a white Cadillac. She agreed.

After a terrible first date, when Allman took Cher to a fellow drug addict’s house and shot up in the bathroom, they hit it off on the second date when they went out dancing. She wore a thousand-dollar, beaded Bob Mackie that just covered her breasts.

After dancing all night, he accompanied her back to her 36-room mansion.

“She started ripping my f---ing clothes off,” he writes. “She was hot to trot, man, and we made some serious love.”

The relationship blossomed fast, even though his bandmates disliked the coupling. Over time, however, she won them over. 

[Like when she saved their pitiful finances by encouraging them to pay attention to where their income was going?]

“She had the filthiest mouth in show business, and the guys in the band thought she was quite a trip,” he writes.
All the while, Allman was thinly veiling his heroin addiction. Cher, whose own father was a drug addict, he writes, was “naive” about it. Then, in 1975, after two years of dating, Cher casually mentioned, “Well, listen — Mr. Harrah, who’s a good friend of mine, has sent us down his private jet. I was thinking we’d fly over to Vegas and get married.”

“Well, why not?” he replied.

It was rough sailing from the beginning. He continued to use behind her back, and both threatened to file for divorce during the first year of marriage (Cher actually did file four days after their wedding when she found his stash).

The band broke up in 1976, right after the birth of his son Elijah Blue, prompting people to call Cher the Allman Brothers Band’s Yoko Ono.

Living with Cher wasn’t easy, he writes. When he’d want to go out for a quiet dinner, there would almost always be “at least 35 f---ing photographers waiting for us when we got there,” implying Cher had called the paparazzi on herself.

But it wasn’t easy living with the moody, difficult and drug-addled Allman, either.

When Chaz Bono — then Chastity, Cher’s daughter who underwent a sex change in 2008 — was interviewed by Howard Stern recently, she explained how bizarre living with a rock-star drug addict was. “He picked me up from school once and got lost on the way home,” Chaz said.

But for Allman the last straw with Cher was about the music. “I was really glad she never asked me what I thought of her singing, because I’m sorry but she’s not a very good singer,” he writes.

Sigh. Where to begin? First of all, I’m willing to concede that Cher is not one of the greatest singers but to say that she’s not very good at all is to say she can’t sing. Which is disingenuous. Please decide, rock and roll elite, if unflawed singing is an important component or not. Because there are plenty of flawed singers in the pantheon. Secondly, Cher, please write a rebuttal bio to these husband-tale-alls!

Excerpts from:


VH1 Has a New List of the 100 Greatest Women in Music

31In the year 1999, Cher was listed at #43 in between Sheryl Crow (44) and Dionne Warwick (42). Now it’s 2012 and she has moved up to #31 between Fantasia (#33) and Sade (#30).

What’s amazing about this is that she’s moved up over 10 spots even after the luster of 1999 and the single “Believe” have worn off.

Not bad for a woman who’s not very good at singing. (See Gregg Allman comment in previous post)

Some notable commentary:

Comedian BD Freeman: “I love Cher. Who doesn’t love Cher?” (The Allman clan)

Comedian Chuck Nice: “The 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the new millennium, she’s had something on the charts. That’s almost 50 years!” (That is actually 50 years)

Comedian Ari Voukydis: She’s not just part of music. She kinda is music.”

Tori Amos: “Cher has been able to show people that as she ages, she’s still sexy and sensual.”

Simon Doonan of Barnys NY: “The Cher legacy is ginormous.”

I can’t wait for the 2022 list! At this rate she’ll be #19!


More Cher Academia

I found another academic essay on Cher that came out in 2011: "Cher-ing/Sharing Across Boundaries" by Loran Masan. The synopsis of it is this: Cher’s multiple performances challenge the concept of a fixed or authentic originality for both gender and ethnicity. They are both performative identities. In other words, you aren’t either masculine or feminine; Black or Hispanic or Jewish as a personality (apart from heritage), you perform these identities culturally.

Some notable quotes:

“Peggy Phelan argues ‘the promise of feminist art is the performative creation of new realities.’ Cher’s persona, performances, and acting career are a microcosm through which to explore theories of drag, masquerade, and performativity, and to critically reapply them to ethnic performances in order to bring to light how this icon of popular culture challenges the myth of authentic or originary gender or ethnic identity and potentially creates new realities...Cher’s subversion comes not from individual performances of identities but from the shifting multiplicity of ethnic performances...the excessive femininities of her costumes and wigs’ identities that exposes the manufacturing of ethnic and/or gendered identities and rejects ideals of naturalness or authenticity...[and] creating incongruities by claiming many different naturalnesses.”

“...the particular disruption that Cher’s persona creates by refusing to ever settle on a solid authentic or original singular ethnic identity...[ex:] Both of Cher’s previous surnames are obviously ethnically marked [me: three of them are actually: Sarkisian, La Pierre, and Bono] and instead of changing them to some Americanized moniker she drops a last name altogether.”

“Mary Russo in Female Grotesques: Carnival and Theory, reclaims the idea of ‘making a spectacle out of oneself’ and maintains the spectacle of female masquerade by women creates unruly representations that can be transgressive, dangerous, and produce a ‘loss of boundaries.’ This loss of boundaries in masquerade is quite similar to that of drag...” 

“Neither Cher’s nor Cher drag queens’ feminine performativity can be read as natural. There is no original because the original is consciously performing herself. Cher’s feminine drag produces a subversion of authenticity.”

“The academic love affair with Madonna in relation to similar arguments about gender, unruly women, and racial or ethnic celebration frustrated me as I began to meld my love of Cher with my feminist ideals. Where were the academic theorizations of Cher’s persona and career? They are few and far between. “ 

Amen sistah.

Cher continually questions authenticity in various ways and THAT is the what the rock and roll elite really hates. Because they worship the pose of authenticity.  How well Cher sings is really irrelevant isn’t it? And I contend that Cher presents an “unruly woman” (in her costumes, her career choices, her conspicuous consumption) that is affront to what amounts to an essentially ridged and judgemental rock and roll establishment.

She’s truly too unruly for them.


Cher TV Performances in Iconic Mackie Outfits

Perusing the new TV videos online, it's been great fun catching some iconic Cher outfits.

TalonsRemember the black and white jig-jag doll dress with a white feather headdress?

This is the adult version with black feathers.

Cher sings "Just for a Thrill" on The Sonny & Show Comedy Hour.









MacheadI call this look macrame-head.

Cher sings "Working Together."





HalterRemember this dress from the back cover of the All I Ever Need is You album?

Cher wears a fringed white halter top and long slit skirt?

Stared at that picture for many hours while listening to that album as a kid in the 70s. 

I wished this outfit had been made into a doll dress. She sings "Aint Misbehavin’" 

PoseStrike a pose!






FavMy favorite Cher dress of all-time, from The Cher Show in the mid-70s, Cher singing "Aint Nobody's Business."

Loved the fringe and lace overlay over the satin purple, the neckline showcasing some shapely armpits (hey, if you got em).

The dress really moves.








70s Heaven: More Video and David Geffen

IfCher sings the Bread song "If"--a most unfortunate choice to play in your wedding if your wedding happened in the 1970s and 80s.

This is the most hilarious hair style on a Cher TV solo spot...even she looks pissed off about it.

The lyrics of this song really make me nuts, even when I was a preteen and particularly disposed to the sappy effects the song conveys:

If a picture paints a thousand words than why cant I paint you
(who says you can’t?)

The words will never show the you I’ve come to know
(sounds like a You problem)

If a face could launch a thousand ships than why can’t I launch you (No!)...than where am I to go?
There’s no one home but you; you're all that’s left me to.
(You’re all what’s left me to what? You shouldn’t end on a preposition for all this vagueness: that's all you've left me to)
And when my love for life is running dry, you’ll come and pour yourself on me
(Like in a nagging way?)
If a man could be two places at one time, I’d be with you  
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way (tell it to the judge, rock star)
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die (WTF!)
I’d spend it all with you and when the end was through
Then one by one the stars would all go out (this is NOT romantic)
Then you and I would simply fly away. (you think so if-boy?)

The song is mercifully only 2 and a half minutes long.

GotitbadIn this clip of "I Got it Bad and That Aint Good" you see a promo cover of the Bittersweet White Light album (can I say--this was a particularly poetic title for a Sonny-produced Cher album, or any Cher album for that matter). The clip also contains the I-got-it-bad wig.



DeltadawnThis is a clip I remember seeing in the 1970s, Sonny & Cher singing "Delta Dawn." For days I circled the house singing the chorus over and over again. My lucky mom. Sonny is really rockin it here....but it sounds like they turned his mic off before the end. And quite a shocking bit of yellow.  Deltadawn2




Romancing the Cher

Good Hollywood Reporter story that appeared back in February about David Geffen: