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Carol Channing: 'I was misquoted'

Via Towelroad, it looks like Carol Channing publicist is quite concerned that she was misquoted in a phone interview with Kaizaad Kotwal for the Gay People’s Chronicle. In that interview, Kotwal said that Channing quoted the bible, condemning gays.

“I don’t think about them. I’m grateful that they seem to like me. They’re terribly loyal to me. But I’m knee-deep in the Bible and you know what it says about that.”

Her publicist, Harlan Boll, shot off a press release. A snippet:

FYI – what she actually said when asked about gay marriage was that she wasnt necessarily pro gay marriage, because why would we want the government involved in our business and most of her gay friends were in agreement – this include myself. She thought civil unions and civil rights were more important, but “if this is what gay men really want then its their business and I dont care, they can take care of themselves.”

With reference to the Bible – she said about gay marriage “You know what the Bible says about it … Nothing.” The interviewer failed to add that last comment in the quote to the interview.

Her history of support speaks for its self. As a gay man myself, who has worked for her for years, she has supported my 7 year relationship from the beginning and of her other gay friends and colleagues agree. For example, longtime friend, Mr. Blackwell, says that she was one of the first to be there for he and his partner Spencer and continues to be for what will soon be their 58th anniversary.”

Kotwal’s article is still up, with no correction or clarification, so it remains to be seen whether he will have a response to this.

PerezHilton also covers this.

Hat tips to Mike and Lisa.

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