Tuesday 25 October 2016

'I'm still replying to thousands of letters from fans', says Panti Bliss

Panti Bliss
Panti Bliss

Miss Panti Bliss is the Queen of Ireland, so much so that she's finding it hard to respond to the thousands of emails she has received from people all over the world.

Over the past 18 months Panti - the alter ego of Rory O'Neill - has been catapulted to worldwide fame, thanks to her famous Noble Call speech and subsequent activism as part of the marriage equality campaign.


"I get a lot of emails and letters from people all over the world really - that's the power of the internet. And a lot of them are from young people, but it's not only from gay kids," Panti told the Herald.

"Obviously a lot of them are, but lots of people identified with Noble Call in ways I never could have imagined or anticipated.

"A lot of them are women, people in wheelchairs, people with autism or the fat kid in school . . . anybody really who has a reason to feel on the outside or weird.

"I've been slowly slogging through them but I have this big backlog.

"I feel horribly guilty about the ones that still haven't got a reply from me but it's kind of impossible to keep up but they all will eventually," the drag queen added.

Panti said she was going for the "Farrah Fawcett at the Oscars" look in a gold jumpsuit, by James David Seaver, for the premiere of documentary film The Queen of Ireland last night.

Guests in attendance included actress Pauline McLynn, comedienne Katherine Lynch and stylist- turned-fashion designer Brendan Courtney.

"She is my hero and heroine all rolled in to one and she's probably the most important person in the country at the moment," McGlynn said.

"It was the year that the country grew up and we all fell in love with a giant drag queen."

The Queen of Ireland, directed by Conor Horgan, is in cinemas now.

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