Bill Maher was fired by ABC for suggesting the 9/11 terrorists were brave, and the speculation on cable news is that Rosie O’Donnell might be fired by the network for a rambling monologue hinting that 9/11 was an inside job. Maher’s comments can be explained by the fact that he is a pothead, but how does one explain O’Donnell?
A comic-turned-commentator, she has no identifiable connection to the marijuana movement. At the risk of sounding too personal, the public needs to understand that O’Donnell’s open lesbianism colors everything she says and does. But it’s taboo even for conservative commentators to bring this up. That’s why she will survive and thrive on national television.
This is not the first time that O’Donnell has spouted off. O’Donnell was “married” to another woman back in 2004, shortly after President Bush had called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. O’Donnell asserted that “I think the actions of the President are, in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president.” She called a proposed marriage amendment “very, very, very, very shocking.”
President Bush’s remarks included the observation that marriage is “the most fundamental institution of civilization.” He added, “Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society. Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all.”
These rather tame remarks are vile and hateful only from the point of view of someone who believes American society has been horribly oppressive. A radical left-wing homosexual tends to believe this. When you say that a president is “hateful” for defending traditional American values, then you are out of touch with America and its religious and cultural institutions. That is Rosie O’Donnell. She lives in a state of cultural alienation.
The sad fact is that homosexuals, by and large, are on the far-left fringes of American politics and many bear a grudge against a society that they feel has been discriminating against them. John Barron’s classic book about the activities of the Soviet intelligence service, the KGB, noted that homosexuals were targeted for recruitment because many led secret lives and were susceptible to blackmail, but also because they were perceived to harbor ill will toward their government because of how shabbily they thought they had been treated. As such, they were considered ripe for picking to the anti-American cause. It is noteworthy that the founder of the gay rights movement, Harry Hay, was a Communist.
There is absolutely no evidence of O’Donnell associating with communist causes. But her 9/11 comments suggest a view of the U.S. Government and its leaders as capable of any number of horrible crimes.
This attitude explains why O’Donnell, during another appearance on the ABC program “The View,” suggested that Britain or the U.S. might stage a phony international incident to generate a war with Iran. It turns out, of course, that Iran staged such an incident, which was not phony at all, and Britain, with U.S. acquiescence, backed down. But don’t look for O’Donnell to issue an apology. She will probably be moving on to the next anti-U.S. conspiracy theory. Her mental state is geared toward finding fault with the country that has given her so many opportunities to spout her nonsense. This is a characteristic of someone who despises her country because it has not fully embraced her aberrant sexual lifestyle.
O’Donnell can sometimes come across as a likeable figure, and she can crack some funny jokes. But what viewers of the “The View” are witnessing, in her series of unfortunate utterances, is the streak within her that encompasses bitterness and anger over what America stands for. This blame-America mentality is not unique to militant lesbians, of course, but one cannot understand O’Donnell’s rant without taking her lifestyle into account.
In the current controversy, getting fired by ABC will make O’Donnell into even more of a victim, from her own point of view. She will see such an action as vindictive and further validation of a mind-set that finds America guilty as charged of discrimination against her. You can bet that the Hollywood-funded Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which has honored O’Donnell with one of its awards, would spring into action on her behalf. (GLAAD had predicted that “Rosie’s unique blend of wit, wisdom and passionate family advocacy” would be a “perfect addition” to “The View.”)
Indeed, because of GLAAD’s support, it is extremely unlikely O’Donnell will ever be fired.
In the driver’s seat and making news, O’Donnell has several options. She can continue driving Bill O’Reilly nuts or she could go back to being funny. Or, like Bill Maher, she could leave network TV and get a show on HBO, a premium cable channel. In fact, HBO has been airing a show entitled, “All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise,” featuring O’Donnell, her husband/wife, and other homosexuals with their children on a “gay cruise” to the Bahamas. According to the synopsis, “With a bold stroke only Rosie O’Donnell could make, a joyous new community was born in this judgment-free setting, as passengers celebrated their freedom and made a positive, progressive statement about what ‘family’ means today.”
The operative but fraudulent term is “judgment-free.” In Rosie’s world, she makes the judgments on national television and inflicts them on us. We can make ours by turning off the show.
Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org