Comedienne Margaret Cho caught some flack for outing John Travolta in her live act even though the star has never come out as gay or bisexual.
But he’s been plagued by gay rumors for decades and in recent years faced a series of sexual harassment lawsuits from various men – none of which have so far been successful in court.
So Cho does not apologize for talking about the star of Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Pulp Fiction and his alleged sexuality.
‘ It’s not even like I’m outing him, because it’s so obvious. That’s like outing Liberace,’ Cho tells Queerty.com. ‘All I’m doing is taking public speculation and joining it with what I know to be true.’
Travolta has been married to actress Kelly Preston for more than 20 years and they have had three children.
‘I think they are legitimately a family. But this is not about that,’ says Cho. ‘This is about whether or not celebrities have a responsibility to come out. Especially when their private lives are under such scrutiny. That’s sort of me outlining his choices, as opposed to me accusing him of anything or outing him.’
Cho herself is married to a man but is bisexual and in an open marriage.
‘I live so openly,’ she says. ‘But other people are not able to do that. And then they have to endure a lot of accusations and speculations. I was just trying to talk about that and talk about what that must be like.’
Cho says of Travolta: ‘Ultimately, I think he’s a good guy, and I think he is suffering, and it’s sad for somebody like that, who has made such a big contribution to film and to pop culture, who’s made to live under this guise of heterosexuality. I’m actually on his side.’