Okay—this may piss some folk off, but….
File this under “You Can Dish It Out, But You Can’t Take It.”
Saw an article on the interwebs the other day about Bill O’Reilly going ballistic on Dick Wolf, the executive producer of the Law & Order shows. Of course, I hunted down the video clips…. Based on one line uttered by a fictional character in the context of an hour long TV drama, Mr. O’ Reilly accused Mr. Wolf of defamation of character. [But hasn’t followed up with a lawsuit yet]
The show was about a nut job that was killing immigrant children so they couldn’t take jobs, etc. away from “real” Americans. Here’s the scene in question so you can have a frame of reference:
ICE-T, "LAW & ORDER" STAR: I don't get why you are defending this wacko.
JOHN LARROQUETTE, "LAW & ORDER" GUEST STAR: It's a symptom, not the disease.
ICE-T: That symptom killed three kids.
LARROQUETTE: Garrison, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, all of them. They're like a cancer spreading ignorance and hate. I mean, they have convinced folks that immigrants are the problem, not corporations that fail to pay a living wage or a broken health care system.
ICE-T: Save the soap box, Randy. The cameras aren't even running.
O’Reilly went on to call Wolf a “coward” for putting that out there. And continued his rant for more than 5 minutes—contradicting himself left and right, by the way. [read the Huffington Post article breaking it down—linked via O’Reilly’s name above.] Really, Bill? After all the things you’ve said about a number of people?
That’s all I’m gonna say for now—have at me folks.
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File this under “It’s a Shame They’re All Gonna Burn In Hell”
My older gay brother works as a kid wrangler for Broadway shows—currently he’s the head wrangler for Billy Elliott. He has opened 20 shows on Broadway and about half that many on the road. Oddly enough his career started as a whim. His partner [of 35 years! Straight people aren’t making it that long!!] was performing in the first national tour of Les Miz and the person who was watching the kids quit. The two of them missed each other terribly so my brother-in-law asked my brother if he’d be interested in doing the guardian job. And a new life’s calling was born….
[He still keeps in touch with a number of his past charges, many of whom have gone on to successful adult show biz careers.]
On occasion some of the young actors in his charge have come from fundamentalist Christian families. Suffice it to say the parents aren’t happy when they learn that their children are in the care of a gay man. Then their kid works with my brother and loves him—they all do, he is awesome at his job. My brother says they wind up with the attitude above and are quite surprised that they actually like a gay person.
Okay, that should keep you all busy for awhile.....
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