Horror fans will always remember her as the luminously supportive Lana Marcus whose encounter with a spider was one of the most memorable parts of Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing, one wild ride of a horror film. (For those who have not seen this combination of slasher, sexually ambiguous surprise and demonic Mennonite-style horror – get to watching!) But more importantly, the multi-faceted Sharon Stone has always been a warrior for the gay community, raising countless funds for AIDS organizations and being a much visible beacon of support for years now.
Thus, it was not surprising that Stone has recently halted plans to film a project in Mississippi, one of several states that have recently activated religious freedom laws that cause grievous discrimination to the GLBT community. Granted, threatened boycotts by artistic entities hastened the reversal of such a law in Georgia, recently, and performers like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have cancelled events in North Carolina, another hotbed for queer hatred.
But, roles in such projects as Scissors, Calendar Girl Murders, Sphere, Total Recall, Catwoman (and so many other delicious thriller and science fiction cult classics) along with her vibrant activist history truly make Stone one of our own and worthy of special praise and generous thanks!
So…Thank you, Ms. Stone!!! I guess an araneae in the mouth equals grand compassion!
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!