There have been numerous books and documentaries about the life and times of Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker. Jim Bakker was sort of a children’s program host-turned-televangelist, and Tammy Faye was his wife, and a singer and co-televangelist. She was famous in the 1980s for her heavy makeup, sky-high hair and her Dynasty-era “glamour.” But she was also known as one of the few “right-wing” figures who refused to demonize the gay community. The Bakkers were very much part of Jerry Falwell’s “religious right” movement in the late 1970s and 1980s. It was a movement which turned reproductive rights and human rights into political wedge issues weaponized by Republicans. But while Ronald Reagan was ignoring the AIDS crisis and Falwell was gay-bashing from the pulpit every week, Tammy Faye refused to play that game. And the gay community loved her for it.
In 2000, there was a documentary called The Eyes of Tammy Faye, all about Tammy Faye’s life and time. Now there’s a feature film, with Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye and Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker. Here’s the trailer:
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