In the wake of her now-viral clash with a preacher on a New York City subway earlier this week, "Orange Is the New Black" actress Lea DeLaria is speaking out and defending herself.
"I know how to talk to people. I know how to talk to someone when I'm disagreeing with them. It's all part of my work," she said in an interview with WPIX-TV Wednesday.
DeLaria, 56, went on to defend her involvement in the verbal clash, during which she said that “religious fanatics … the Tea Party, ultra-creepy Christians and conservatives … are the reason America’s in trouble.”
"I don't want to be — at 9 o'clock in the morning on my morning commute — being told by some guy that we're all fornicators, sinners and going to hell," the actress said, adding that she knows the Bible and was forced to read it in her younger years "seven days a week."
DeLaria also claimed that everyone on the subway clapped when the preacher exited the cart and finally stopped sharing his theological views with her and her fellow passengers:
In an interview with Page Six, the actress expounded upon the subway battle, revealing what she claims the preacher was talking about when she confronted him.
"He was saying women should be subservient to men and that they should dress a certain way," DeLaria said. "He literally said that the problems in the world were because of homos. That we were all driven by our lust, that we were all sinners and we were all going to hell."
She added, "I really can’t tolerate anyone who uses the name of Jesus to preach hatred. When he literally used the word ‘homo,’ I decided to get up."
Watch part one of the subway clash below:
And part two: