The 75-year-old actor and LGBTQI icon casually mentioned being bisexual on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE VIA YOUTUBE
Throughout her versatile career, actor Susan Sarandon has been hailed as a gay icon for her roles in the likes of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hunger and Thelma & Louise. She’s also been a fierce advocate for the LGBTQI community.
Fans will remember, back in 2014, Susan showed her support for marriage equality in the Human Rights Campaign’s advert, Americans For Marriage Equality. In the video she says: “While marriage might not be my thing, if it’s your thing, you damn well ought to be able to have it equally and unequivocally.”
In a 2017 interview with PrideSource, Susan revealed that her sexuality was “open”, telling the outlet: “Yeah, I’m open. My sexual orientation is up for grabs. I guess you could say.”
And last year, while featuring on the podcast, Divorced Not Dead, she addressed her dating interests. “I don’t care if it’s a man or a woman. I mean, I’m open to all age, all colour,” she said. “For me, those things are just details.”
Celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga often have their bisexuality erased from the narrative, and are instead too often labelled just as LGBTQI “allies”, which is why it’s so awesome that last week (7 September) in an interview on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Susan seemed to once again remind us all that she’s here and queer, casually confirming her bisexuality while making a joke about dogs and cats.
When Jimmy mentioned that Susan had brought her dogs on one of her previous appearances on the show, she shared the sad news that her pets have since died. “My little creatures all passed away. I can’t talk about it because I still get upset. It was about a year ago.”
“I was feeling sad and… I said, ‘I can’t get another dog. I just can’t,’ you know? And [my son] said, ‘Well, then get cats.”
“And I’m bi, so…” Susan casually dropped in, receiving laughter from the crowd.
To which Jimmy responded: “So you mean you like dogs and cats?”
“I’m fluid,” Susan went on. “I’m very fluid where animals are concerned.”
While Susan’s “I’m bi” comment could be read as a joke, it doesn’t seem that way to me. It lines up with the multiple times she’s addressed her sexuality in the past and I loved how comfortable she seemed when she said those simple but powerful words.
And I’m by no means alone, Susan Sarandon’s fans have been rejoicing on Twitter ever since the episode went live.
waking up to susan sarandon saying she’s bi with her whole chest we never fucking losepic.twitter.com/4EOZmvw3RL— talia (@tinapkennard) September 8, 2022
paused everything to record this scene i literally just saw before seeing that susan sarandon said she’s bi on the tonight show…gay rights pic.twitter.com/kX4JjgQTGd— mich ❀ (@pikemargulies) September 8, 2022
susan sarandon gatekeeping cats from straight people she’s so real— alice has bangs (@cinemamilf) September 8, 2022
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