Comedian Margaret Cho is all kinds of fierce. She's warrior fierce. She's Tyra Banks fierce. She's you-go-girl fierce. And when it comes to social issues, she is capital F fierce.
When Cho performed here in Vancouver and Victoria on November 1 and 2, she used that fierceness to support the Canadian women who spoke out about their experiences of violence and sex with Jian Ghomeshi.
Both Cho and her opening act Selene Luna addressed the topical discussion about Ghomeshi, violence, sex, and women into their acts.
Although Luna got the audience laughing when she asked how exactly does a woman demonstrate that she consented to some sexual acts but not others, such as saying yes to teabagging but no to choking, she did raise a complex, thought-provoking issue.
As noted in a previous blog about her show here in the Great White North (or rather the Great Asian North, since she was in Richmond), Cho spoke about violence against women, and how angry it makes her.
Inspired by their bravery, Cho began to tweet a series of messages supporting Canadian women, and encouraging other women to speak about their experiences.
Amazing night in Vancouver! Thanks to @Lunapads for the gifts! I'm so proud of the women of Canada! We can all learn from you! Xoxoxo m— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) November 2, 2014
I am so proud of the women of Canada. They're a great example for the entire world. Come forward. Tell what happened. We are not afraid.— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) November 4, 2014
What if we all told the truth? What if we all came forward and exposed our abusers? Imagine a world where we could be safe-All of us Always— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) November 4, 2014
She then used the #tellyourstory hashtag to encourage Twitter users to spread the word and show their support online.
Both on stage and on Twitter, Cho frankly stated that she is a survivor herself:
I am a rape victim and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I come forward in solidarity with all women who have suffered. #tellyourstory— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) November 4, 2014
She also said that she is related to Canadians:
It's really up to us to ensure that something good comes of this Jian Ghomeshi scandal.
One way to ensure that is to support women—whether we're male, female, or other—as they speak up about their experiences of violence, abuse, rape, and more.
As Cho proves, telling your story, and supporting others doing so, is a way of showing how fierce you are.