Elvira lost fans following Cassandra Peterson coming out


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Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira Mistress of the Dark says she lost fans following her coming out last year. But she added that those fans came from a particular demographic that didn’t concern her.

Cassandra Peterson came out in 2021 in the memoir Yours Cruelly, Elvira. In the book, she revealed her 20-year relationship with longtime assistant Teresa Wierson.

Speaking earlier this week on the podcast Behind the Velvet Rope, Cassandra Peterson said the revelation of her sexuality apparently came as a surprise to her fanbase.

“The thing that came out that flipped everybody out was that I was with a woman. Nobody was ready for that. Apparently, we kept it a pretty good damn secret because nobody knew. Everybody was surprised. Now, our closest friends and our relatives knew. But outside a very small circle of people, even my second-tier group of friends who I’ve known for a long time did not know. It was shocking for me.”

Big fat hypocrite

“Honestly, I worried more about my gay fan base. Because I hope they embraced it, but I was feeling like: ‘What if they think I’m a big fat hypocrite, and I was lying to them?’

“Now, the straight people, I knew that there was going to be some horny old men out there who were just not going to like the fact that they didn’t have a chance with me anymore. I hate to tell them: they already didn’t have a chance with me anyway. It’s funny. One of the things that happened on my social media – I won’t say which platform – one day after the book came out I lost 11,000 people. They just said ‘Elvira, you lied to me. I don’t respect you anymore. Goodbye.’ But I got 60,000 new followers the same day.

“I know it was mostly just straight, older guys who felt lied to. You can’t please everybody!”

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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