Rosie O’Donnell is one of the most disturbing, yet fascinating personas that ever existed. She pisses people off who deserve to be pissed off: Rupert Murdoch, Bill O’Reilly, George W. Bush, so-called “President of the Catholic League” William Donahue (a man who would be pissed off at almost anything), Donald Trump, Michelle Malkin, and many others.
This is not to say Rosie is completely innocent. She has what my family refers to as “oral diarrhea,” a disease my mother has embarrassed us with for years. People who have oral diarrhea, unlike normal thinking people, can’t stop themselves from saying whatever they are thinking.
There’s a part of the brain that filters thoughts out. This brain function doesn’t work with people like Rosie O’Donnell or my mother. It could get her in big trouble. This certainly hurt Imus, Michael Richards, and possibly Mel Gibson. Alcoholism played a more important role in Gibson’s rants, but oral diarrhea and alcoholism sometimes go hand in hand.
It is also obvious that Rosie O’Donnell, like millions of other Americans, suffers from depression. She is unable to sit still without opening her mouth and she is very irritable. Her moods jump from high to low in almost a minute.
What’s fascinating about Rosie’s depression is that instead of self-loathing, which many people with depression experience, she loves herself a little too much. She especially loves to hear herself shout and tear down others who disagree with her. This was evident by her treatment of Tom Selleck, a member of the National Rifle Association, back in 1999.
Despite her odd behavior, Rosie O’Donnell is both entertaining and educating to watch. From loudly criticizing Elizabeth Hasselbeck for her age (she’s too young) to her 9/11 conspiracies, Rosie brings out the best and worst in all of us. She says what many of us are thinking, but are afraid to say.
At times, she unfairly represents liberals — such as her recent mocking of Chinese people as well as ridiculously accusing Kelly Ripa of being a homophobe — but she does what very few talk show hosts do: she makes you think! Even if you disagree with her, discussing Rosie can bring up some very long and interesting discussions.
If you are not an admirer of Rosie's big mouth, you have to admire her actions. She risks her career in order to live her life the way she wants. She was America’s greatest sweetheart in the mid and late 1990s. In the early part of the decade, she left her very successful show because she was sick of living a “lie,” even though most rational people already knew she was gay.
The wing nut Republicans, who have more respect for serial killers than people who happen to be gay, condemned her. Even if you don’t agree with gay marriage, she had the guts to speak for ousted families and their children.
Even if you don’t agree with gay culture, she showed that, like Ellen, being gay doesn’t mean you can’t have a successful family and career. Perhaps people like Republican Idol Mark Foley and Family Values Military Man, Cpl. Matt Sanchez, would have had an easier time in life if they had taken cues from Rosie.
Rosie deserves all the success she’s had over the past fifteen years. My only fear is that she doesn’t know where the line is drawn with what’s acceptable in her comments. We live in a society where people like to take others’ comments, whip them out of context (hello, Imus), and destroy that person with McCarthyist-like actions.
She has already jumped on the line with her recent comments about 911. I can only hope she doesn’t pass the line because, once she does, there are many people waiting to destroy her – and television without Rosie O’Donnell would be very empty and depressing.