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FIRST-PERSON: No longer the Queen of Nice

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–Once dubbed the “Queen of Nice” by Time magazine and wildly popular with soccer moms, celebrity Rosie O’Donnell has become just another hostile liberal.

O’Donnell hosted a successful television talk show from 1996 to 2002. This she accomplished by portraying herself as normal and mainstream as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie.

Women related to Rosie the talk show host. She was not model-thin and was also a single parent, having become one in the most noble of ways via adoption.

For years Rosie teased about a school girl crush she said she had on Tom Cruise. She also championed causes that centered on women and children. When women tuned into Rosie it was like watching a celebrity slumber party. Her television show was one big hug.

Several weeks prior to the show’s end in May 2002, Rosie announced that she was homosexual, declaring herself to be a “dyke.” Much of her fan base felt deceived and duped. Her popularity plummeted.

“I’m sick of being (expletive) nice. Fasten your seat belts — here we go,” she said at the time, according to USA Today.

In 2006 Rosie become moderator on ABC’s morning television talk show “The View.” While her presence boosted ratings for a while, her ultra liberal views and dominating personality made her a polarizing figure and generated much controversy. In 2007, Rosie came to “a mutual agreement” with ABC to “cancel her contract.” Some suggested that this was a judicious way of saying she was fired.

Now Rosie has a two hour talk show on Sirius XM Radio. While her audience has greatly diminished, she continues to court controversy. On Feb. 16, she had fellow celebrity Janeane Garofalo on her show.

While the two equally angry liberals blasted a few specific and well-known conservatives, they made clear their disdain for all conservatives everywhere.

O’Donnell and Garofalo took about five minutes to share their views of conservatives which included the “fact,” in their liberal worldview, that all conservatives have mental limitations.

Additionally, the duo believes that all conservatives lie, but that some just don’t realize they are lying. In essence, O’Donnell and Garofalo believe that conservatives are either liars or ignorant, and some are both.

Garofalo took a swipe at Elizabeth Hasselbeck, a member of the panel of ABC’s The View and former colleague of O’Donnell’s.

“I have no idea if she’s book smart or not,” Garofalo said.

“No,” O’Donnell said, implying Hasselbeck is not book smart.

“But it’s clear to me she’s anti-intellectual,” Garofalo said.

For O’Donnell to challenge anyone’s intellect is laughable. During a March 2007 episode of The View Rosie commented on the collapse of the World Trade Center 7. “I do believe it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel,” Rosie declared. She added, “It is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved … miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.”

She obviously knows nothing about the manufacturing of steel. Steel is an alloy made up mostly of iron and is produced by melting (technically known as smelting). If enough heat is present steel can become compromised to the point it can fail. Which is what occurred in the case of each of the World Trade Center buildings and World Trade Center 7. (A good explanation of this is available at Popular Mechanics website, http://bit.ly/9HC7Po.)

At one point Garofalo stated that all conservatives operate from a wrong premise. She rambled on trying to use a nautical term, “dead reckoning,” to prove her point. Rosie agreed. Not once did either woman articulate what is the incorrect premise they believe conservatives hold. In order to properly debate or take issue with an idea you must accurately state the idea or premise with which you disagree. I’m led to assume they are ignorant as to what conservatives really believe.

Rosie O’Donnell has gone from being loved by millions of soccer moms to hosting a rant on satellite radio. Whether her anger and bitterness is fueled by her diminished celebrity is impossible to know. However, the content of her conversation makes it clear she is no longer nice, just hostile.
Kelly Boggs is a weekly columnist for Baptist Press and editor of the Baptist Message (www.baptistmessage.com), newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

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