The following is a list of people who have publicly come out in support of Charles Knipp's character Shirley Q. Liquor or who have booked him to perform at their venue, home, or business.
Black dragqueen RuPaul defended Knipps last year on a gay radio show saying, “I love it. People really need to take a chill pill and people really aren’t sophisticated enough to know that when a person is coming from a place of love as opposed to coming from a place of hate. Shirley Q. Liquor is so clearly coming from a place of love.”
In 2005, the actress Sela Ward hired Knipp to perform at a fiftieth-birthday party she threw in New Orleans for her husband.
In 2006, country-music star Ronnie Dunn arranged to have Shirley Q. waiting on the tour bus after a Brooks and Dunn concert in Atlanta to surprise Dunn's wife on her birthday. "Mrs. Dunn is a big fan of mine," Knipp says. "Oooh, lawdy, we had ourselves a time."
Boston Phoenix journalist Dan Kennedy awarded Boston government official Jerome Smith the dubious Muzzle Award for his part in leading to the cancellation of Knipp's scheduled 2004 Boston performance
Writer David Holthouse, of the "Intelligence Report" from the Southern Poverty Law Center, has stated "Knipp is not a white supremacist" and that Knipp "invites the audience to sympathize with a single Black mother."
THE NEW YORK BLADE
The New York Blade criticized GLAAD for condemning Knipp, stating, "We commend GLAAD for condemning racism, but we question whether the organization’s goal is best attained by joining this particular fight."
John Strausbaugh, author of Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture, defends Liquor's act in his book.