In 1985, after thousands of gay men died of AIDS in the United States, Tammy Faye Buck interviewed a public gay priest named HIV / AIDS. Steve Peters On a national Christian television program.
“How sad that we, as Christians, who love everyone, are so afraid of an AIDS patient that we won’t put our hands around them and tell them we care,” Tammy said through tears and smoky makeup at the PTL Club, the Televangelist Network which She co-founded with her husband Jim Bucker and which miraculously broke down after being widely convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
A new biography starring in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” Jessica Chestain As Tammy and Andrew Garfield The interview with Peters is literally recreated as the focal point of the film to highlight Bucker’s intricate character of Christian evangelism, unusual sympathy, and accidentally gay iconography, like Jim Baker.
“I had to make the movie because of that interview. It was rebellious and brave and brave and rogue, ”Chesten revealed Diversity The premiere was held at the SVA Theater in New York City on Tuesday. “I am 100% sure that there were people – conservative Christians who were watching the house – who realized that they had unjustly judged their family members. I’m sure that interview saved the family and saved lives. ”
Tammy, whose wig, fake lashes and overflowing passion made her the idol of the camp, always created queer iconography – marginal, weak and ghostly. But Baker-like interviews with Peters believe in the powerful revolutions of the televangelist on behalf of others, and what Chastein said should be a key part of his legacy.
“People see Tammy as wearing a mask, and I don’t see that,” Chestain said. Diversity. ” There is nothing more beautiful than something that is truly like them, and it is for Tammy, for the LGBTQ people, and yes, for the drag queens. Before the screening, Chastain was added to the pink arrival carpet by a goggle of drug queens.
Peters, who is now retired from publicity, attended the premiere on Tuesday.
“I’ve had a lot of people come to me over the years and say, ‘I saw your interview live because my mom was always PT L, and it changed my life because I realized I could be gay and Christian at the same time,’ or ‘ It changed my life because I realized that AIDS is a reality and I need to start taking care of myself, ”he said on the red carpet.
In 1985, when influential Christian anecdotes promoted AIDS as a punishment from God, Tammy’s interview with Peters was rebellious and historic. Peters also said Tuesday that it was not lost on him that Tammy, who was not ashamed to ask investigative questions about his sexual orientation, made a strategic attempt to humanize gay men and people with AIDS to a Christian audience.
“So often when I showed the video, people would say, ‘These are really stupid questions, even stupid questions.’ But they were not. They were just right for his audience, ”Peters said Diversity. “He was instructing me to get acquainted with people who would otherwise not listen to me – or refuse to stay in the same room with me.”
And on Tuesday, the actor celebrated at the PhD Roof Bar in New York City, surrounded by guests. Sharon Stone, Zachary Quinto, Krista Rodriguez And a cable of iconic New York City drug queens, e.g. Marty Cummings, Fragrant rice And Scarlet Violence, Searchlight Picture’s film executive producer, producers of “Silver’s Drag Race” Randy Barbato And Fenton Bailey, Tammy’s legacy cut danced to that part of love and sympathy.
“Tammy Faye wasn’t a stunt queen,” Barbato said. “He has a part that is an outsider, and that’s how we feel. That’s why homosexuals see us in her. We’re all outsiders, and we’re all curious about Tammy Faye.