Cher still makes a statement, whether she’s talking or not


“Aging gracefully” irritates Cher.

Meryl [Streep] is doing it great,” she told Vanity Fair in a December cover story. “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.”

That’s vintage Cher who, at 64, still defies convention. But that’s how she’s stayed in the public eye for 40 plus years. Let’s call it “aging outrageously.”

With Burlesque opening the day after Thanksgiving, Cher shared her thoughts about everything from Palin to proper pronouns with Vanity Fair, as the magazine celebrated her most distinctive looks over the years. Here are some highlights — including her comments on how she’s doing with Chaz’s transition.

On Sonny:

He was so much more than a husband — a terrible husband, but a great mentor, a great teacher.

Photo from The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

On 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 just to f–k things up more. It really should fall on people like me to get together and do things to help people in the country.

Photo from 1976 Thanksgiving special, CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

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–k, this is the end. Because a dumb woman is a dumb woman… [Arizona governor Jan Brewer] was worse than Sarah Palin, if that is possible … she’s got a handle on the services of the state and I would not let her handle the remote control.

Photo from 1986 Academy Awards, Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On Chaz:

If I woke up tomorrow in a guy’s body, I would just kick and scream and cry and f–king 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… She’s a very smart girl — boy! This is where I get into trouble. My pronouns are f—ed. I still don’t remember to call her "him."

Photo Granitz, LaVeris/Getty

On being a parent while being Cher:

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 … So your kids pay. I did the best I could do, and yet it was definitely lacking.

Photo from Farewell Tour 2002, Rick Diamond/WireImage

Chaz is right — Cher can never not be Cher. And I, for one, am delighted. Because that’s exactly why we love her.

Read the entire interview in the December Vanity Fair, which is on the stands now. And let us know whether you love, hate or don’t care how Cher is dealing with aging — and with Chaz.

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