Alex Blaze

How easy it is to get back in my good graces

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 10, 2007 11:10 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Don Imus, narcissism, roseanne barr, sitcoms

Roseanne says:

My Bad.....
I deeply regret that I have offended gay people. I said things that I do not really mean, before I had thought them through... I was wrong and I seriously apologize!

Call me up today and let me have it! I will apologize and try to make clear what I really meant to say... which was that everybody needs to unite right now, and step outside of their own neighborhoods, groups, races and classes to stop Bush's war on our country and our people. I love gays and I hate division. I am just a big idiot with a big mouth sometimes. I will learn to be more careful! Please forgive me, I am so sorry!!!!

And later:

What I Meant To Say:
The leaders of gay groups need to align with the leaders of Acorn, and other groups of poor and desperate Americans and fight against those who oppress all of us!

I have met too many gays who are Republicans, and I cannot understand how they could choose that!

Let's all leave our own bedrooms, kitchens, neighborhoods and groups and meet each other to form a diverse army that stands for Democracy and Economic Justice!!!!

(Again I apologize for any pain or hurt I have caused those whom I have always loved and befriended).

Seriously, that's all I needed. Her show was groundbreaking for queer representation on television. But more than that, the themes of social justice in each episode -- from when Roseanne confronted her own racism when she wouldn't let DJ's Black classmate's father into the diner to when she supported the school's Thanksgiving play that didn't white-wash history, from when Dan had to have a talk about masturbation with DJ to the constant portrayal of a working class family who was moral and happy-as-one-can-expect -- would send current TV producers running to genuflect at the altar of Dobson and company, apologizing for putting anything on the air that mentioned real life... without being completely asinine or consumerist.

Oh well. I see her as a genuinely good person who spoke without thinking, unlike Don Imus, who hasn't quite built up a solid history on being on the right side of the fight for social justice. I think that's what stung the most about her comments, though, because being called narcissistic by Coulter and all them really doesn't affect me anymore. But being erased as an individual, being told that anything I do right would not be noticed, and then being thrown on a conveyor belt to be labeled a narcissistic queen by someone I generally respect, that made me want to throw up my hands and go home.

And I'm sure that that wasn't her intention.

I should add that I still fundamentally disagree with her assessment of the gay rights movement as having hurt the general social justice movement by getting conservatives out to the polls. TAPPED has more on that.

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I'm really happy to see this too. I agree with you that it was even more hurtful to hear Roseanne say this as versus, say, Fred Phelps or Eric Miller. I had a hard time reconciling her statement as versus her historically gay-friendly views. I'm glad to know that she just had a "foot-in-mouth" moment.