Sunday, March 20, 2011


As legendary entertainers go, you don't get much more spectacular than Cher. And now the incredibly true story of how she social network'd me - and why Glee may even be in her future.

The professionally-crafted force of nature known as Cher is pretty much synonymous with gay culture - and with good reason. She lives for larger-than-life glamor, embraces camp, and personifies the abstract concept of "fabulous".

And she talked to me. CHER talked to ME.

Okay, so I didn't actually hear the sound of her voice addressing me (my head probably would have exploded) - but she gave me the next best thing. A tweet! Fresh off my excitement of getting a personal message from Trevor Donovan (hahahaha), I think it's safe to say that I'm officially a loyal Twitter user 'til the end of days.

It all went down on Friday night, and quickly. I was enjoying some of Daniel Tosh's new stand-up special Happy Thoughts (happy thoughts, indeed) and browsing through my Twitter feed. Dot-Marie Jones - who plays Coach Beiste on Glee - is a frequently hilarious all-caps tweeter, and I noticed her reply to one of Cher's tweets with the following:

So I retweeted it. To be perfectly honest, I only did so because the tweet made me laugh (it was adorable), and Cher on Glee would probably cause the planet to grind to a halt and begin rotating in the opposite direction, purely out of the aforementioned camp-factor.

But then a few minutes later, I got a notification on my phone. I had a reply:

Oddly enough, my initial response was to burst out into uncontrollable, excited laughter. And I'm not too cool for school to tell you that my heart rate definitely increased. I opened my laptop to make sure that I had seen things correctly (after half a bottle of wine I need to confirm), and sure was real.

I even double-checked to make sure it wasn't a fake account, and found the official "Verified" seal on her Twitter profile. So this was the real deal. My heart rate sped up a bit more. Without even addressing her directly, Empress Cher chose to reply to me out of her 160,000+ followers. It's like I won the gay lottery!

When I woke up yesterday, I lay in bed wondering if it had all been a CabSav-induced dream. But the tweet was still wasn't my imagination. Cher really had informed me via Twitter that she was interested in doing Glee. It's a really random basis for a "conversation" that I'll never forget, and that somehow makes it even better.

Ryan Murphy, you totally owe me.

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