Laura Bell Bundy, Original Legally Blonde Star Speaks Out About Chick-fil-A

10 Aug

Broadway’s Laura Bell Bundy

This has been quite a few days. In case you’ve missed it, I posted a little story yesterday here and on HuffingtonPost regarding former Broadway performer Bailey Hanks.

The young starlet had tweeted her support of the anti-gay Chick-fil-A back on August 1st – “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The response to the story has been overwhelming to say the least. Many have been filled with frustration and hurt that this actress would side with a company that is virulently anti-gay. Since I first heard about her tweets, I’ve given Bailey several opportunities to speak out and apologize to the people she’s hurt. All I’ve personally heard from her is that she is a “Proud Christian.” She posted a quick “apoligy” to her Twitter account, but then quickly deleted it along with her account.

Her colleagues are now speaking out. Broadway actor John Carroll has written an open letter to Bailey at Advocate.com and explains why he’s hurt by what she’s said.

“Bailey, you used gay people for your personal gain to make your dreams come true and then sold them down the river with your message condoning a company that is publicly known for discriminating. With your actions, you agreed to treat people like second-class citizens and doing so, disrespected my friends, family, my marriage and me, all this in an Instagram photo of your hate –filled waffle fries.

Stop hiding bigotry and hatred behind religion, let’s call it exactly what it is. If we are going to live by any biblical rule, let it be the golden one.”

And many commenters on Facebook posts about the issue have also been colleagues of Bailey’s. Some posting personally supportive comments, but remaining critical of her actions. And of course there are some who are downright angry with her. One person even compared me to a Roman emperor tossing her to the Coliseum’s lions. But overall, people are frustrated that someone in this community could do something like this.

And today, I just heard from the original star of Broadway’s Legally Blonde (who Bailey succeeded in the show). Laura Bell Bundy is a friend I’ve worked with professionally and a woman I admire with all my soul. She’s a southern Christian Broadway star with more talent in her little finger than most ever have. Here’s Laura’s take on the situation:

“As I fully support everyone’s right to freedom of speech and belief, MY belief is that hate and bigotry is wrong. That is MY first amendment right. I choose not to support an organization against the equal rights of any group of people– especially my beloved gay community… whom without I would not have a career, a livelihood, creative fulfillment, any good shoes,taste, music, a stylist, a publicist, a producer, a writer, a director, a choreographer and two of the greatest friends a gal could ask for. I knew there was a reason I always liked beef better than chicken anyway.

I will never forget that love I have received from the gay community and I hope to give them back that love in equal measure.”

I’m fairly certain this story will die out eventually. And I hope Bailey eventually comes to terms with the idea that her friends and colleagues deserve the same rights and responsibilities she has. Please also know that none of this has ever been intended to hurt Bailey or her career. I write, people write to bring awareness to situations that can cause change. I was hoping the original piece I wrote was going to be “Look what she did, and look at this sincere apology for hurting her colleagues.” It would have been an un-story that 7 people read on my little blog.

But when you do something that attacks me, and my friends and family, and young gay people who are looking up to you – I can’t stay quiet. Those are all people that need to know what you’ve done is not okay. That’s why I do what I do. Like it or not.

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8 Responses to “Laura Bell Bundy, Original Legally Blonde Star Speaks Out About Chick-fil-A”

  1. LegallyBryan August 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Laura Bell is a class act and stands up for what is right.
    She will forever be my Elle Woods of choice.

    • Selena September 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Complete agreement

  2. Kelly August 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I find it all pretty tacky and incredibly unnecessary. And whether you intend to hurt her career or not, it could have that effect, and I doubt you or anyone else would apologize for that.

    • Jamie McGonnigal August 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      So when Rush Limbagh called a girl a slut because she wanted access to birth control and people spoke out against it and caused his advertisers to disappear, it’s US who should have apologized because it harmed his career?

      Come on now. She made a mistake and waited days to offer an apology despite being informed that what she did was harmful to her friends and loved ones. She doesn’t deserve to be hurt in anyway, but as someone who hires people to do musicals, it’s my right to hire someone who isn’t giving money to a group who wants my rights taken away.

    • Jim August 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      If she can’t stand up to criticism, she should have remained quiet. Someone who is confident in their stance should not cry foul when confronted with it.

    • Amanda August 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      She publicly declared her stance by tweeting the pic on Aug 1st. Do you know how many LGBT people are discriminated against in the workforce everyday?? No protection at all from discrimination. The lack of equal rights and equal protection under the law is tacky.

  3. Jay August 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    This stupid young woman has the right to support companies that donate millions of dollars to hate groups who work to deprive gay people of their rights. But gay people also have rights. And I would certainly exercise my right not to patronize any show that Bailey Hanks is in. Similarly, Scott Eckern had every right to donate money to deprive gay people of rights, but gay people had every right to refuse to patronize his theater.

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