No, Roseanne, NO!April 10, 2007
A recent post of mine from QueerSighted:
Roseanne Barr was one of the first people to participate in a lesbian kiss on national televison (with Mariel Hemingway in 1994). Even though ABC would only show it from from behind, it still occured and the storyline that followed focused on how it made Rosanne feel and how she dealt with it. Prior to the smooch in the episode, Roseanne was having a great time getting acquainted with the other women in the gay and lesbian bar. She did not show fear of homosexuality. Also, Sandra Bernhard, a regular on the show, played Nancy, a lovable and funny lesbian character.
But Roseanne recently proved in one of her radio broadcasts that she’s a little less than homo-friendly. Roseanne said of gays: “They don’t care about minimum wage; they don’t care about any other group other than their own self because, you know, some people say being gay and lesbian is a totally narcissistic thing and sometimes I wonder.” First of all, there are gay people who fit into other minority groups, whether they’re lower-to-middle class, African-American or female. Do you think that those people only focus on their sexuality as an issue? I doubt it.
On the topic of gay marriage, she said that it has backfired on gays and their supporters because putting the issue on the ballot made Republicans win. OK, so, queers and their allies should give up the fight for equality? It’s not like gays are being denied the right to hamburgers … they’re being denied the benefits that come with recognition as a married couple. You should know about husbands, Roseanne … you’ve had at least three of them.
Finally, Roseanne really offends with the comment that homosexuals are “no different than the Evangelicals – it’s the same mindset.” Except the Evangelicals want to overstep the boundaries that seperaton of church and state provide us.They want legislation passed that will promote only their beliefs. They want to condemn gays to a life of inequality.
Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Victory Fund, stuck it to her best: “Roseanne Barr has defamed the hundreds of openly gay and lesbian elected and appointed officials who go to work every day to improve schools, make streets safer and better their communities.”
I did love you, Roseanne. I loved when Becky cut the cheese. I loved the way you treated Mark. I loved watching Dan kick the crap out of Fisher for hitting Jackie. You provided inspiration and support for dysfunctional families everywhere. But after coming up with the insane parallels and conclusions you did in this broadcast, the only thing warped is your world view! ZING!