Friday, May 25, 2007

This Week's Rosie Award Winner: Rosie O'Donnell

And the winner of this week's Rosie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Anti-Catholic Commentary is:

The award's namesake,
Rosie O'Donnell

This doesn't really qualify as "anti-Catholic commentary" (although it does betray a bit of anti-Christian hostility toward Rosie's Catholic co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck), but it was just too rich to pass up. Here's what put Rosie over the top:
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell have been fighting on air since the comedian joined The View last September.

But the cohosts were at each other’s throats on Wednesday when O’Donnell called Hasselbeck “cowardly,” for not defending recent statements O'Donnell made regarding American troops in Iraq.

Their trouble started last week when the two got into a debate over who the real “terrorists” are in the war in Iraq. At the time, O'Donnell asked, "655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?"

She was later pilloried in the conservative press as media outlets accused the talk show host of calling the U.S. troops terrorists.

On Wednesday’s show, O’Donnell (who leaves the show for good in three weeks) blasted Hasselbeck for not coming to her defense on the matter. “Do you believe that I think our troops are terrorists, Elisabeth?”

Hasselbeck shot back: “Because you are an adult, and I am certainly not going to be the person for you to explain your thoughts…Defend your own thoughts!"

But O’Donnell argued that whenever she goes up against her cohost, she's portrayed as a bully. “I defend my thoughts. But every time I defend them, it’s poor little Elisabeth that I’m picking on.”

Hasselbeck bristled at the idea that she’s viewed as a victim. “You know what, poor little Elisabeth is not poor little Elisabeth!”

“That’s right,” O’Donnell agreed. “That’s why I’m not going to fight you anymore, because it’s absurd. So for three weeks, you can say all the Republican crap you want.”

At this point, Hasselbeck, 29, went for the low blow, referencing O’Donnell’s much publicized feud with Donald Trump. “It’s much easier to fight someone like Donald Trump, isn’t it? Because he’s obnoxious.” The audience audibly gasped.

O’Donnell added: “Here’s how it gets spun in the media: Rosie – big, fat, lesbian loud Rosie -- attacks innocent, pure Christian Elisabeth.”
(emphasis added)
LOL! I don't believe I've ever read a better description of The View than that last comment.

For all you do, Rosie, this Rosie's for you.

"Aarrrrgh! I hates Catholics!"

Who's the "coward", again?

Rosie won't be back on 'The View'
NEW YORK - Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at `The View.' ABC said Friday she won't be back on the show following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday.

O'Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract. She was due to leave "The View" in mid-June.
As one commenter at FreeRepublic noted: "Hasselbeck gave it back to her and now she’s skulking off...typical coward liberal."

Maybe we need to introduce a "Crusader Award" for Outstanding Achievment in Catholic Courage. I'm not going there, but if I did, surely this week's winner would be:

Elizabeth Hasselbeck

If the mousy "poor little ... innocent, pure Christian Elisabeth" can drive someone like O'Donnell away, yelping with her tail between her legs, imagine what would happen if more folks would stand up for truth against the haters.

Now if only Hasselbeck would go medieval on the almost-as-hateful-as-Rosie Joy Behar.

I had read that Elizabeth Hasselbeck was raised Catholic, so I assumed she still was. However, a couple of commenters have informed me that she and her husband are no longer Catholics, but now attend an evangelical church. Too bad. Prayers for their eventual return to the Church.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
This Week's Rosie Award Winner: Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives

Belated Rosie Award Winner for Last Week: Sen. Patrick Leahy

This Week's Rosie Award Winner: "Comedian" Billy Crystal

This Week's Rosie Award Winner: Federal District Judge Marilyn Patel

Announcing a New Major Award ...

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At 5/25/2007 5:32 PM, Blogger Zach Brissett said...

Jay, are you sure Elizabeth is Catholic? I know she and hubby were cradle Catholics, but I read an article about them in Christianity Today in which Elizabeth seems to imply that they are typical Protestant American church-hoppers.

At 5/25/2007 10:26 PM, Blogger Michael R. Denton said...

Yeah, I didn't think she was Catholic either. If she was, that & a degree from LSU would have pretty much made her perfect;)

The article zach's referring to I think is this one:
It reads:

What is your church life like?
Elisabeth: Tim and I went to New England Chapel back home in Massachusetts where the pastor was young, vibrant, down-to-earth, and real. He didn't pass prejudice. Those are all things I respect, especially in the Christian community, because too many people take an approach that I think turns a lot of people off, to be honest.

My View colleague Star Jones was great when we first moved to New York City. She invited us out to her church and we went. She's very open about her faith, which is great. But it's been hard [to find a stable church home in New York] because we've moved around a lot."-End of article

That doesn't sound Catholic to me. Bummer. Some things are too good to be true.

At 5/25/2007 11:51 PM, Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

I had heard Elizabeth was Catholic (and I had heard the same of the Hasselback family). Anyway it is too bad to read about this church hoping, but for my money Elizabeth is far more respectable than most people on TV. I recall a few months ago when she was the lonely voice on "the View" opposing the morning-after pill, even though the other ladies on the show were very brutally taking her to task for it.

Also, she seems to bring an authentic sort of femminity to TV that is so rare these days. Hopefully she will return home to the Catholic Church some day, maybe a good long talk with top-notch celebrity catchecist Stepehn Colbert will set everything straight.

At 5/26/2007 9:31 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I had read she was raised Catholic and assumed she still was. Too bad if she's left the Church.


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