It’s a big news item in the genre world, so it is incumbent upon me to report on it. Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, revealed in her just-released memoirs that she’s been in a relationship with a woman for almost two decades. Good for her, and all. We’re all about equality around here. We wave the pride flag with pride. So good for her.
Sorry not sorry, I do not like Elvira. I will never forgive her. In my opinion she’s a thief. In fairness and in her defense, it is entirely possible that she only benefitted from receiving stolen property without knowing it was stolen—at first. This would alleviate a bit of her guilt in the matter. But it is a fact that the people behind her show ripped off, blatantly ripped off, Vampira. They stole her act, intentionally and deliberately stole it. (Yeah, that’s just my opinion, but it’s an opinion based on firsthand testimony I’ve heard from people whose word I trust, and I believe it to be the hard, cold truth.) Cassandra Peterson claims she didn’t know, and maybe she didn’t. But she will forever remain tarnished in my eyes due to her association with the dogs with whom she chose to lie down—and I *don’t* mean her female companion of the past couple of decades. The fleas Elvira inherited are of the “business” variety.
But hey, good for her for coming out. Best wishes to her and her romantic partner in the future. Seriously. We can wish her well in her personal life and still not approve of her professional one.