You’d think that Rosie O’Donnell’s leaving ABC’s The View (and taking the good ratings she brought in with her) would stop the steady stream of right wingers foaming at the mouth with hatred. Instead, it’s become a non-stop celebration.
O’Donnell vs. Hasselbeck finally came to an end, not with a whimper but a resounding bang. O’Donnell and Hasselbeck came to blows over politics, naturally, but specifically the ridiculous accusation by talking heads on the right that O’Donnell had called the US soldiers terrorists. Her comment was that we went over to Iraq and killed hundreds of innocent Iraqis – “Who are the terrorists?” she asked. Anyone with a functioning brain would know that O’Donnell was referring more to the administration that ordered the killings than the soldiers who were just doing their job. She has always supported the troops, she asserted, and was insulted when her “friend” and colleague Hasselbeck did not defend her when the right wing media misinterpreted her remarks. “That’s cowardly,” O’Donnell said. “I am not a coward!” Hasselbeck shouted back, the hormonal flush rising to her cheeks.
The two women were visibly upset and not backing down. Hasselbeck spews the party line with blank-eyed devotion, while O’Donnell is a known provocateur. As the two women went at it, the direction went into split screen mode, so as not to miss a single moment of the “fight.” Hasselbeck could not, would not, shut up. O’Donnell was not going to stop until Hasselbeck admitted that she thought her friend Rosie thought the soldiers were terrorists. Either could have given up and calmed things down, but so much had been built up there was nowhere to go but down.
Once O’Donnell announced she wasn’t coming back, the radical right rejoiced. Their dim-witted heroine was still firmly in her seat and ready to promote Bush’s agenda, for which she has become so popular lately. And their wicked witch was gone for good.
Neither woman is particularly taken seriously as a political activist, though Hasselbeck has been welcomed warmly by the White House, and from the looks of her confident disposition, has quite a following. O’Donnell was hired to be the wild card smart-ass, while Hasselbeck was clearly there to represent the “conservative” point of view.
Somehow, their argument about war and Iraq brought to a head how divisive America has become. A few years ago, O’Donnell would never have been invited to speak so negatively about the war. The media was on lockdown. Now, it’s getting so obviously bad, how could anyone not talk about it?
But what O’Donnell said on the show was true, that no matter what she said or believed, it would always boil down to mean, “fat” lesbian Rosie attacking pretty “virginal” Elizabeth.
Despite the different point of views of the two co-hosts, they were supposedly friends who had reached an “agree to disagree” peace treaty. Clearly O’Donnell’s feelings had been hurt by Hasselbeck’s silence on the subject of the war. Hasselbeck has since said that she didn’t think the fight would end their relationship, but that it was just mature women in a heated debate. Uh, yeah, right.
It isn’t only women who fight like this. O’Donnell was recently in a very public fight with Donald Trump, who was asked to comment. Trump said that Hasselbeck was probably the dumbest person on TV and that “only an imbecile” could justify the war in Iraq. He also took the opportunity to get in one last dig at O’Donnell, whom he publicly hates.
The real losers here are people like me who loved and appreciated O’Donnell’s sass. It is always an occasion when a woman has the moxie to speak her mind on TV, be it Judge Judy, Oprah or Rosie O’Donnell. She has my unending support. And as for The View, the only time I’ve ever watched it was when Rosie O’Donnell was one of the co-hosts. It is unwatchable without her.