If anyone should know that what tabloids report do not necessarily mean truths are being told, it is 1990s gossip staple Roseanne Barr, who last week took to her blog to slam Marie Osmond and her Mormon (anti-gay) beliefs for her son Michael Blosil’s suicide. Predictably, a few days have passed, and she’s sorry she said anything at all.
“I saw on the front page of a tabloid that he had killed himself because he could not handle being gay, and I wrote about how angry that made me, after seeing it hundreds of times, growing up as I did in Utah,” Barr writes. “I don’t know the Osmonds, but was always offended at their constant defense of the indefensible things that their church does, the way it promotes hatred and racism and sexism, tax free. I have known so many gay people who killed themselves, or suffered and that is why I put myself on the line to bring TV’s first gay characters to America. I never intended for my comments to be picked up and broadcast on sleazy gossip TV shows, or on other blogs. That was done without my consent or knowledge.”
Oh please, Roseanne. You posted your diatribe ON YOUR OWN BLOG. Using websites known as www.google.com and www.blogger.com, it is very easy to find those remarks and post them elsewhere. This isn’t your first day at the mud-slinging rodeo, lady, and it won’t be your last. But let’s not pretend you’re innocent in trafficking in “sleazy gossip,” shall we?
So much criticism has been thrown her way, Barr says she’s done speaking out for the gays: “I will leave this up for a while, and then I am just done. I appreciate the letters from gay people who thank me for speaking out on their behalf, but y’all are just going to have to take up the slack I will be leaving behind me. I am old now and tired, and not really feeling up to being the only person who says things that no one else will say.”
Which is sad. She doesn’t need to stop speaking out for the gays. She’s a fantastic, loudmouthed ally. But choose your words wisely. Or at least, wiser. Make the conversation about Michael, his legacy, and how young people and parents can learn from it.