Volume 93, Issue 4

Friday, June 4, 1999


Pat O'Callaghan croons a sultry song

Performances in Notting Hill make it worth visiting

Catatonia equally good and frustrating

Thirteenth Floor brings bad luck

Amsterdam takes you on a trip to the dark side

Rosie should practice what she preaches

Rosie should practice what she preaches

It's a proven fact celebrities lead two very distinct lives, one through their public personas and the other through their private ones. Occasionally, however, some celebrities feel their adoring public need to hear their often uninformed and blunt takes on news events.

The behaviour of Rosie O'Donnell on her talk show in recent weeks is but one example of a celebrity taking a broad stance on an issue with shaky legs.

O'Donnell has changed her show's programming structure in recent months, moving from a celebrity schmoozefest to a child welfare hour, occasionally breaking down in sympathetic tears a la Sally Struthers. The issue she has recently spoken against is child violence, stemming from the Colorado high school shootings.

When Tom Selleck appeared on her show a few weeks ago, O'Donnell launched into a hate-filled tirade about his appearance in a National Rifle Association advertisement. In a subsequent program, O'Donnell preached on the gun control issue with another guest, Elizabeth Dole.

The fact O'Donnell has made upwards of $10 million for her advertisements for the national K-Mart chain, all of which is donated to children's charities, despite their standing as one of the largest purveyors of weapons in North America, was apparently lost in the shuffle. O'Donnell has since justified the ad campaign by stating K-Mart doesn't sell automatic assault weapons but rather only hunting rifles.

Ah, what a hypocritical web we weave, when we fail to practice what we believe. Wasn't that Rosie O'Donnell I saw in the violence-laden Another Stakeout? How about her performance in East of Eden, where her investigation of a S&M fantasy island required her to conduct business clad in leather and brandishing a whip?

The fact remains that O'Donnell wants to have her cake and eat it too. No, that's not a jibe at her weight, but rather her actions. Profiting from that which you despise is just as bad as advocating the act itself.

So, Rosie, your public asks but one simple thing from you. Keep your public opinions to yourself and concentrate on the things that we like in your show – Tom Cruise sonnets, half-assed musical spoof numbers and endless discussions of the cute idiosyncrasies of your kids.

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