Rosie O’Donnell was recently on Piers Morgan Tonight, and I thought she came off as sensible and articulate. Rosie is known for being someone who expresses her views with a lot of emotion, which can be powerful but sometimes overwhelming. Recently, she seems to have found a new calm. Her view on “backwards” America, and the homophobia in the GOP fiasco, ring particularly true:
Now, as much as I love Rosie, one of her quotes had me rolling my eyes. When Piers Morgan asked her about closeted stars in Hollywood, this was her response:
"A lot of people have said to me, ‘Oh you know so and so . . . are they gay?’ I personally don’t know a star who I have come to know and become intimately friendly in my life with who is living a false reality. I don’t, I really don’t. People say to me all the time, “Tom Cruise is gay.” I’ve been around Tom Cruise a lot. Tom Cruise drives race cars. I do not think Tom Cruise is gay."
Right, because no gay guy in the history of homosexuality has ever liked race cars. I’m not saying Cruise is gay. I don’t know and I don’t care. But insinuating that he isn’t gay because he likes cars is unreasonable. Isn’t this the same woman who cursed out David Letterman for making a joke about her being a tow-truck driver?
Don’t reinforce stereotypes if you don’t want to be the victim of one.