Cher on Meryl Streep: “The stupid bitch is doing it better than all of us!”


Cher is the December cover girl for Vanity Fair. She’s promoting her role in Burlesque, which looks like an even more budget version of Showgirls, only with more pancake makeup, I think. VF released some excerpts from the interview, and it sounds like no subject was off-limits for Cher, for which I give her credit. A lot of stars of Cher’s caliber and worldwide acclaim could just phone it in and demand that a lot of subjects be off-limits (hello, Madonna), but not Cher. She discusses in detail her struggles with her daughter’s gender reassignment from Chastity to Chaz, as well as Sonny Bono, aging, fashion and why Meryl Streep is a “stupid bitch”. Here’s more:

Cher tells Vanity Fair West Coast editor Krista Smith that she can’t believe “Sonny and I still aren’t in the [Rock and Roll] Hall of Fame, and it just seems kind of rude. Sonny was a good writer, and we started something that no one else was doing. We were weird hippies before there was a name for it, when the Beatles were wearing sweet little haircuts and round-collared suits…. We influenced a generation, and it’s like: What more do you want?”

As for her daughter turned son, Chaz, Cher says, “If I woke up tomorrow in a guy’s body, I would just kick and scream and cry and f-cking rob a bank, because I cannot see myself as anything but who I am—a girl. I would not take it as well as Chaz has. I couldn’t imagine it.” While Cher remains a proud mother, she admits to Smith that she still gets confused: “She’s a very smart girl—boy! This is where I get into trouble. My pronouns are f-cked. I still don’t remember to call her ‘him.’”

Of her secret to remaining in the spotlight for the past five decades, Cher tells Smith, “I feel like a bumper car. If I hit a wall, I’m backing up and going in another direction. And I’ve hit plenty of f-cking walls in my career. But I’m not stopping. I think maybe that’s my best quality: I just don’t stop.”

Cher opens up about her feelings for Sonny, and their tumultuous marriage, saying that Sonny “told me when we were together, ‘One day you are going to leave me. You are going to go on and do great things.’ … I wouldn’t have left him if he hadn’t had such a tight grip—such a tight grip.” Cher tells Smith that Sonny treated her “more like a golden goose than like his wife…. I forgive him, I think. He hurt me in so many ways, but there was something. He was so much more than a husband—a terrible husband, but a great mentor, a great teacher…. If he had agreed to just disband Cher Enterprises and start all over again, I would have never ever left. Just split it down the middle, 50-50.”

Other highlights of the article include:

Cher on Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer:
“I got so obsessed with [C-SPAN] that it was kind of interfering with my life. Sarah Palin came on, and I thought, Oh, f-ck, this is the end. Because a dumb woman is a dumb woman.” On the subject of Arizona governor Jan Brewer, Cher says, “She was worse than Sarah Palin, if that is possible. This woman was like a deer in headlights. She’s got a handle on the services of the state, and I would not let her handle the remote control.”

Cher on her family and drugs:
“It’s weird, because both of my children had the same drug problems as their fathers—same drug of choice. My father was a heroin addict, and my sister’s father was an alcoholic. But it jumped us…. I didn’t not do drugs because of moral issues. I tried a couple of drugs, but I never felt good out of control. I have the constitution of a fruit fly. I can’t do coffee, but I can do Dr Pepper.”

Cher on aging:
“I think Meryl [Streep] is doing it great. The stupid bitch is doing it better than all of us! But I don’t like it. It’s getting in my way. I have a job to do, and it’s making my job harder…. I’ve been screaming at the top of my lungs at my family, ‘Work out! Work out! Old age is coming!’ At some point you will need the strength. Who would have ever thought you would get this old?”

Cher on parenting and whether her children are still angry with her:
“I think Chaz is pretty much finished with it, and I think Elijah has a little longer to go, but they both really love me a lot. But it’s hard… One time, when Chaz was little, we were on a field trip, and she said, ‘I’m so pissed off, Mom. You can never not be Cher—we can never just do something.’” She concludes, “So your kids pay. I did the best I could do, and yet it was definitely lacking.”

Cher on paying taxes:
“I would be willing to pay a lot more taxes, because I make a lot more money, but I don’t want to give them more to just f-ck things up more. It really should fall on people like me to get together and do things to help the people in this country. If you’re not worrying about how to put food on your table, you [should be] worrying about why other people don’t have food on their table. I remember a great America where we made everything. There was a time when the only thing you got from Japan was a really bad cheap transistor radio that some aunt gave you for Christmas.”

The December issue of Vanity Fair will be available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Thursday, November 4, and nationally and on the iPad on Tuesday, November 9.

[From Vanity Fair]

I mean… at some point, Cher became the half-dressed old lady who sits on her front porch, screaming obscenities at the mailman. When did that happen? She’s still kind of fabulous though – and you can tell she’s joking about SOME of this stuff… like calling Meryl a “dumb bitch”. Just FYI, they are close friends! They’ve been tight ever since they did Silkwood back in the 80s. As for Chaz, you can tell Cher really is struggling, but that she still loves Chaz so much, and she’s willing to accept him however he comes.

American actress and singer Cher wears beaded jewelry as she stands with arms folded in a Native American Poncho alongside her half-sister actress Georganne LaPiere, at the premiere of 'Last Tango in Paris,' 1973. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

1981:  American singer and actress Cher (Cherilyn Sakarsian La Pier).  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Cher appears backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom


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  1. scotchy says:

    i love her, and i love the fact that she has become this crazy half dressed old lady.

  2. Sarah says:

    I ♥ Her 🙂

  3. mln says:

    I love Cher I want her to do good movies again because she is amazing in Mask and Moonstruck…but this new one looks awful, can’t wait to read Vanity Fair.

  4. Girafe99 says:

    That top photo reminds just how striking she was

  5. Shay says:

    She is what Kim Kardashian will end up being…as superficial as ever. It’s no surprise that her daughter had problems.
    Its interesting how she blames all the males in her family for the drug problems that her kids have. Talk about denial. She paints herself as a saint – I think not!

  6. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I loved everything about that interview. It was so wise to me. I think she made some good points and shared some poignant moments. Love Cher.

  7. devilgirl says:

    I have always liked her take o things. I grew to like her in one of her first Vanity Fair interviews years ago. She keeps it honest, and makes no excuses. I like that in a person.

  8. mln says:

    @#5 since when does Kim Kardashian have an Oscar and hundreds of millions of bucks there is no comparision…I admire Cher for her devotion to her children all kids have problems but good parents support them through whatever happens.

  9. rosalee says:

    Hey..I have those earrings from the top photo where she’s dressed as a neechi..great her always have, watched Sonny & Cher when I was a little girl..wanted to be her..a great role model for those who did not fit into the common mold.

  10. Tess says:

    I like Cher, too. But the obligatory shots at Sarah Palin, and now Jan Brewer, are Hollywood and Vanity Fair standard fare, and a yawn at best and a turn-off at worst.

    These are the folks who politicize everything, then when someone counters their worldview, they either stomp off in a snit or moan about dragging politics into every aspect of daily existance.

  11. BReed says:

    Second rate in everything she has ever done.

  12. Kaye says:

    I love her. I know this is a cliche, but they broke the mold after they made her. She’s unique.

  13. Renee says:

    Cher is amazing! So much talent. Not always the best movies tho. I grew up in the 80’s. When I think of Cher, I think of Tina Turner. Another strong and fabulous woman, even Madonna stands in their shadow.

  14. sickofit says:

    That interview at least seems brutal honest. I mean she is Cher, and needs to be the center of everthing. But shes not in denial about it, so im ok with her.

  15. Lady LaLa says:

    Like they say, only two things left alive after a nuclear melt-down…
    Roaches and Cher!!!

  16. aenflex says:

    So many reasons to hate Cher, dislike her, think she is hopelessly bizarre and trapped in some retro paradox.
    But I love that woman and she is fabulous!

  17. cranky chica says:

    Cher has been and will always be one of my favorites – she speaks from the heart and let’s the chips fall where they may.

    Let’s face it, she took her talent and made the most of it. And it took guts to leave Sonny when she did. Women didn’t have huge careers when she did that, at least not women who were seen as part of a duo. She left Sonny before Tina left Ike, and she paved the way for Madonna, Britney and all the others.

    Go Cher!

  18. danielle says:

    God was she beautiful when she was young! Before she started messing with her face and her wonderful nose. :^(

  19. sharylmj says:

    she’s an original. Love this woman! she was soooo beautiful when she as younger. I wish she didn’t feel like she needed to do all that to her face. She is in amazing shape. Takes guts to put that outfit on again!!

  20. JC126 says:

    I love her, and I loved seeing her at the VMAs.

  21. cprincess says:

    ” #10- November 2nd, 2010 at 8:59 am I like Cher, too. But the obligatory shots at Sarah Palin, and now Jan Brewer….”
    She can comment on whoever she likes as far as Im concerned because the stuff she says about helping ordinary people put food on the table shows she has real american values even though Palin would have us believe the ‘real America’ does not exist in California although what she would know about California is a mystery to me as she barely left Alaska….
    As regards Jan Brewer- she is like a deer in the headlights-did you see the debate?- The woman is a complete moron!
    Anyway I love Cher and she did pave the way for Madonna etc and doesnt she look amazing in that first pic?

    Go Barbara Boxer and Governor Moonbeam today!!!

  22. kris says:

    omg, cher, i love you, but shut the f*ck up you sound stupid

  23. Kate says:

    Cher rocks. I hate what she did her to face, because she was absolutely gorgeous, but her body still is fierce.

    #5 — Comparing her to Kim Kardashian? I mean, really? Kim’s best work was getting peed on by Ray J, if I’m not mistaken. And that ain’t going to keep you in the spotlight for 50 friggin’ years.

  24. Susan says:

    Rock on, Mama.
    Cher can be my icon of aging – OK, Las Vegas aging, but still…

  25. Roxanne75 says:

    Thank you @kris

  26. I hate fakes says:

    Why are people calling her crazy???
    Is it because she dares to be herself and not some fake projection of what society calls normal…I wish more people would just be themselves, warts and all.

  27. mauweebound says:

    I don’t think I disagreed with a single thing she said! Love her! Living here in vegas I was fortunate enough to score tickets to her show, Awesome, that broad looks freaking amazing!

  28. Str8Shooter says:

    So what if she speaks her mind about that wingnut Palin? Its the truth IMHO!

    What amazes me on these posts, and pretty much everywhere else on the Internet, is how people (i.e. Republicans) criticize someone for speaking their mind about one of THEIR candidates, but God forbid anyone tell them they can’t criticize Obama or any of the Dems!!!

    Enough with the censorship already. Free country people!!!!

  29. Maritza says:

    I’d love to see Cher and Meryl Streep do another movie together, Silkwood was so good they really work great together.

  30. operagirl says:

    Cosigning Cher’s comments about Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer. I want women in politics, but COME ON. I want women there that make us look like the fabulous creatures we are and who have the intelligence to show our selfish and petty policians how it should be done. I don’t want someone like SP there, who ends up being the butt of a lot of well-earned jokes because they can’t think their way out of a box of Cracker Jacks, and whose one act show equates to posturing in front of a camera with sound bites that they think sound catchy and witty, but that really just prove how pointless they are.

    And Cher? Keep on keepin’ on, you fabulous bitch, you.

  31. Actually “Burlesque” looks awsome…

  32. bagladey says:

    I like Cher. Cher’s not just an image, she actually does substantially well all the things for which she’s credited: Acting, singing etc.; she’s unique and she’s remained current, never “old”, stale or boring.

  33. LT says:

    I never really had an opinion of Cher other than to think “Dear GOD please stop wearing see-through clothes & fishnets!”, but after reading this I think she’s freaking fantastic & funny to boot! Go on crazy lady!

  34. RHONYC says:

    i wanted a cher doll so much i cried when i was little. 🙁

  35. BethL says:

    I don’t understand the “crazy old lady”. She sounds cool.

  36. Confuzzle says:

    I will see any movie she is in. I wish she were in more.

  37. Henriette says:


  38. cruiz2 says:

    Cher is so cool!

  39. mtn girl says:

    Love Cher, talented, sharp wit, does her own thing – when I was a kid we always watched the Sonny and Cher show and tried to dress up like her. She obviously loves her children a lot and seems down to earth about growing older and being a celeb (even with the plastic surgery, demi, take note)!

  40. Shay says:

    @ mln,
    So what if Cher has an Oscar? She is as vain as Joan Collins, comes out with la-la land philosophies and doesn’t really take responsibility for her own so-so parenting.
    On her comments about her daughter asking her about when she’d be a ‘mom’ instead of Cher? She reminds me of my self-centred stepmother. “I have my image to uphold.”
    Kardashian has plenty of years left to have acting lessons, to get herself an Oscar as well. It’s not like Cher is Meryl Streep, or comes close, in the acting department! And give Kim time, after all, Cher is a crone now, she’ll have her millions as well.

  41. Raven says:

    I love Cher, but I think she is a better actress than a singer. Mask, Silkwood, Moonstruck–just amazing performances. I also love her common sense, except about her own body, apparently, with all the plastic surgery. She’s got a lot of sense about politics, though, with her comments about how rich people should pay their share and start worrying about why the poor don’t have food on their tables.

    I remember when Chastity told her she was gay and Cher really struggled. She was upset and made angry comments and then woke up and turned it around. That’s probably what I like best about her. When she realizes she’s wrong, she doesn’t hesitate to say so.

  42. William says:

    Cher has made a bad mistake attacking Romney and she is a typical idiot liberal that is obvious of what she did to that little cute daughter that she and SONNY had together that is now an UGLY, TRAMP like CHER the Liberal Whore from Hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!