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EXCLUSIVE: Fran Drescher Slams Kirk Cameron, Goes Easy On Michele And Marcus Bachmann

Last night at New York City’s just-opened XL nightclub, longtime ally Fran Drescher presided over the gay wedding of a couple as part of a promotion for tonight’s second-season premiere of her TV show Happily Divorced.

Before the wedding, Queerty got in some questions with the flashy girl from Flushing, who was once married to a gay man herself—an experience that is drawn on for Happily Divorced.

We asked her what she thought of anti-gay figures like NJ gov. Chris Christie, Growing Pains national homophobe Kirk Cameron, and Michele Bachmann’s ex-gay-clinic-running husband Marcus Bachmann. The Nanny star was refreshingly diplomatic, which was surprising to us given that she plays very mouthy characters on TV.

On Christie, Drescher said we need to be mindful of the national arc of marriage equality: “I am fairly confident that within this decade we’re going to see a significant shift. I feel that the human experience has a diverse range to it, and I feel that this is a civil-liberties act and an opportunity for America to move outside of its comfort zone and further realize the American Dream.”

As for Cameron, who has refused to apologize for calling gays “unnatural,” she slammed back, saying he might think he’s living in a “religious dictatorship.” Said Drescher: “I think that he’s confusing our country, which is a country that separates church from state, with a religious dictatorship, and that he should reexamine what it means to be an American.”

And of Michele and Marcus Bachmann, she would not comment except to say that she wishes all closeted gays would just come out.

“I think that everybody has a right to live an authentic life,” said Drescher. “And to repress your orientation is a life that will be fraught with all kinds of issues that will manifest from not being honest. Shakespeare said it best, ‘To thine own self be true.’ ”

Click through for the full interview with Fran Drescher, priestess of marriage equality. The second season of Happily Divorced premieres tonight, Wednesday March 7, on TV Land at 10:30pm EST/PST.

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Mar 7, 2012
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  • 10 Comments
    • Belize
      Belize

      We love you Nanny Fine.

      Mar 7, 2012 at 7:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      Michelle says she has no problem with gay people getting married, as long as they marry someone of the opposite sex. Like her husband Ladybird did.

      Mar 7, 2012 at 7:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Abel
      Abel

      I adore the woman. She never fails to make me laugh, and I regard her shows as blessings.

      Mar 7, 2012 at 8:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BigBlowJob
      BigBlowJob

      She is correct. I came out to my family, friends and co-workers. I have not changed in their minds. I am still the same person I have always been. The thing about these phobic people is they think that all gay people “flaunt” their sexuality and can be spotted by either being “nelly” or [in the case of women] too butch. Once more and more people come out, they will find out the true nature [which is NOT unnatural] of being gay. I think most of these phobs’ have intentions themselves and do not know how to get a handle on them. I, myself, and everyone else around me are happier now than when I was being a FAKE. When you do not allow the people around you to know the real you, you are a fake. Being comfortable in your own skin and being accepted for who you are is extremely liberating. If those who know you do not accept that, it is THEIR PROBLEM, not yours. There are others who DO care. And, Yes, It does get better!

      Mar 7, 2012 at 10:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B-Rock
      B-Rock

      “I think that he’s confusing our country, which is a country that separates church from state, with a religious dictatorship, and that he should reexamine what it means to be an American.”

      YAAYYY!!!! I love you Fran…

      Mar 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      “”
      On Christie, Drescher said we need to be mindful of the national arc of marriage equality: “I am fairly confident that within this decade we’re going to see a significant shift.””
      _____________

      I”m just guessing she wouldn’t be so patient if this was a situation where laws against women voting or working were involved.

      That said, I think Queerty was wrong to say that she went easy on the Bachman’s she said when asked about Marcus and Michelle….”
      And of Michele and Marcus Bachmann, she would not comment except to say that she wishes all closeted gays would just come out.”

      She basically called them both out as closet cases. LOL

      Mar 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TASTEY GOODIES
      TASTEY GOODIES

      @BigBlowJob: THANX 4 THE VERY EMPOWERING MESSAGE, BBJ. OH, I JUST HAVE 1 MORE COMMENT- YOUR NAME ROX, DUDE!

      Mar 8, 2012 at 1:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InscrutableTed
      InscrutableTed

      @Cam: And of Michele and Marcus Bachmann, she would not comment except to say that she wishes all closeted gays would just come out.”

      She may have been referring to their “ex-gay” patients, no?

      Or maybe not.

      Mar 8, 2012 at 1:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darwin
      Darwin

      Kirk Cameron is thought by many to be a closet case. Why else would someone in their teen years suddenly want to be an evangelical (living with the ideas of hellfire and damnation every day). Especially when you are a teen idol in the eighties and I’m sure that women and girls were throwing themselves at him?????

      These far-right Christians (often called the Christian Reich) spend so much time and energy just trying to keep the gays down. Not just down, but telling them that they are the root of all evil. Do you know how many starving kids (even is this country) could be fed with all the money the Reich folks raise and spend to combat this Big Gay Threat to civilization. How many people could use homes or good medical care, why they raise and spend millions so the damn gays don’t get hitched and bring down the country.

      What Bible are they reading that tells them this is their primary mission while on earth, to keep millions of people from full equality.

      Mar 14, 2012 at 1:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Neal Summers
      Neal Summers

      it’s possible that Cameron’s anti-gay stance comes from being gay himself, much like Marcus Bachmann. it’s also possible he’s mentally ill. In any case, he needs our prayers.

      Mar 18, 2012 at 3:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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