Rosie O’Donnell, you need to shut up.
I’ve been thinking this for a long time now. I’ve enjoyed some of the things you’ve done, and even applauded you and graciously welcomed you into the “family” when you finally decided to come out.
But enough is enough.
Ever since you joined “The View” you have spouted your mouth off about things that you have no business talking about.
The Clay Aiken-Kelly Ripa thing? When Clay slapped his hand over Kelly’s mouth and she told him “I don’t know where that hand has been!” after admonishing him for doing it? Nothing to do with you. Sure, Kelly overreacted, and could have handled it differently. (Although if you’ve seen any of that show, they were both a bit combative toward each other.)
Yet you proceeded to haunch yourself up to your grand podium and proclaim that what Kelly Ripa did was “Homophobic.” And since Clay is neither gay, straight or bi (he has never actually said whether he is one or the other), your statement was dually inappropriate. If someone slapped his or her hand over MY mouth like that, I’d probably respond just as Kelly did. It was a rude gesture, and Kelly had every right to make light of it. That should have been abundantly clear, but you made it your own issue the next day by going off about it on a tangent that made no sense whatsoever.
But the best was yet to come. Yes, the Danny DeVito thing made the news (and yes, he was a BIG mess). Why, I’ll never know; but in this country, and in this world, when celebrities do something a little off-kilter, everyone has to jump on the story and beat it to death. So this week, you brought it up, and instead of saying “Gee, everyone’s talking about it, from here to China!” and leaving it at that, you had to make a tasteless joke about it, offending Asian-Americans and Asians around the world in your wake.
Now, I’m all for people speaking their mind. It’s a principle our country was founded upon, and we should take advantage of that principle, freely and openly. But what we need to learn is a thing called restraint. And Rosie, you have not be exhibiting much restraint lately. The old saying goes, “Think before you speak.” These instances are making it rather clear to me that you are either not capable of doing so, or simply choose not to.
I’ve admired what you’ve done with your career, and have watched you from the days when you were an unknown comic, and seen your career grow and blossom. But take it from someone that knows from experience: The words you say can hurt not only the people you say them about, but you as well. Have we not learned ANYTHING from the Michael Richards experience?
So Rosie, please be more responsible about the words you say. If you truly want to be a strong voice of the LGBT community, you’d better learn this fast. Otherwise you’re going to lose it all again. (“Taboo”, anyone? Rosie Magazine?) And I’m pretty doggone sure that you don’t really want that.
That’s my view.
BONUS VIDEO: Just as I finished this, I found this great video called “Vent,” hosted by Michelle Malkin, an Asian-American. Puts every word I said above into perspective just a bit sharper, don’t you think?
(All links forward to YouTube.)