After three weeks of intense competition, Dancing With the Stars said goodbye to a changed woman after Tuesday night’s results show, when Margaret Cho and her partner, Louis van Amstel, were eliminated.
After years of never feeling pretty enough and hiding behind her comedy, Margaret tells In Touch that’s all in the past. “As a comedian, we are full of defenses and jokes and keeping people away,” she reveals. “My comedy is all about trying to be at peace with yourself, yet it’s hard for me to put down the jokes and the defense mechanism. That’s what makes this DWTS journey even more profound, because now I can just be me and dance.”
With a story incorporating the theme of this week’s dances, Margaret and Louis tackled the topic of teen suicide and bullying, something personally very close to Margaret. Dressed in the colors of the gay rainbow flag, the couple’s samba sent out the message that you should never give any bully the power to stop you from living your life. And while the message was well-received by the judges, the couple scored low, receiving an 18 out of a possible 30.
“Our message was really powerful and strong and came from my heart,” Margaret says. “These gay teens who are committing suicide… it kills me inside. I want the world to heal from this and for all kids who have felt bullied to know they don’t have to give anyone that kind of control over their lives.”
Margaret will continue to spread the word of tolerance as she continues the comedy tour she has been juggling while doing DWTS. “I have a lot of dates left — till mid-December,” she laughs, “and I’ll now be talking a lot about Dancing With the Stars.”
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Margaret Cho & Louis van Amstel
Eliminated: October 5
Do you feel like you are leaving on a high note?
Margaret: Oh, yeah! I am so proud of our dance and our message and so proud we got to do it. I’m excited we got to wear the rainbow colors, really represent and dance about pride. That’s so important. I’m also honored to have been asked, and be in the company of such amazing dancers. I had a great time and am going to miss it.
What will you miss the most?
Margaret: Being here every week and the camaraderie, the costumes. But I’ll still be dancing with Louis — I’m not quitting, and we are going to keep going. He has shown me that I want to be physically active and shown me this direction to my life that I am going to hang on to forever.
After being told you were the heaviest ballerina at age 5, in your class, how do you feel now?
Margaret: Now I realize negative things people say to you can stay with you your whole life, and you should never give people that power. No one should ever give anyone that power. That’s why I wanted to reach out to kids who have been bullied or feel bad about themselves — you don’t have to give any bully that power. It’s important and when you have a moment to share that with so many people, I am honored to do it.
Will you be back for the finale?
Margaret: I will, and I want to come back every week if I can. I want to watch from the sidelines and cheer everyone on. I want to see these bitches dance![laughs]
Will your stand-up stage costumes incorporate your DWTS costumes now?
Margaret: Maybe. I think they are letting me keep the rainbow costume. They said I could wear it later and I love it, so I am keeping it.
On a personal gratification scale of one to 10, what are you taking away from the experience?
Margaret: It’s soooo gratifying — it’s an 11. It’s such an honor to be asked and to be able to dance and wear the gay pride colors — it’s so powerful.