Friday, June 22, 2007

Far-right hatemonger Bill Donohue strikes again

I saw Bill Donohue on the Today Show this morning. As Joe Sudbay's post on AMERICAblog notes, Donohue is a far-right, bigoted homophobe. He was attacking Robin Williams for his satirical remarks on Jay Leno about the Church's handling of pedophile priests. He claimed this was anti-Catholic bigotry, and he sounded like a nutball trying to dissect comedy with a meat cleaver. Robin can take care of himself, thank you.

But the guy's far from harmless. This was the guy who started the "grassroots" outcry of the "faithful" that resulted in bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan being swiftblogged out of the John Edwards campaign, basically for words that weren't that different from what Robin said. I like Edwards, but maybe if he had stood up against Donohue more forcefully, David Gregory wouldn't have been talking with him on the Today Show this morning as if he were a person whose views should be seriously considered.

In the case of the bloggers, Donohue's criticism was picked up and amplified by the right blogosphere's echo chamber, aided by out-of-context quotes, and then fed back into the media. It's starting to happen all over again, complete with the out-of-context quotes -- "Find the priest, find the pedophile. Find the priest, find the pedophile..." For an example, you need look no further than at the NewsBusters: Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias site.
Commenting on Williams' anti-Catholic bigotry being aired on a major network, Catholic League President Bill Donohue said: "Isiah Washington lashes out at one gay person in private and he is banished from 'Grey's Anatome.' Robin Williams lashes out all priests in public and he suffers no consequence. To top it off, Williams suggests that most molesting priests are pedophiles, when in fact they are homosexuals. But to make a joke about gay priests could get him into trouble. So it's better to lie. This is justice--Hollywood style."
What's next? A boycott of "Licensed to Wed," the new movie in which Robin plays a priest? Deja vu all over again.


edward said...

Interesting use of the phrase "satirical comments." Had Robin Williams lashed on Jews, African Americans, and gays, I highly doubt his words would have been labeled satirical. Why the double standard?

Elsewhere, in an interview with MoviesOnline, he admits "you can't poke fun at certain religions," but not with the Catholic Church because "they don't blow you up." He's out to denigrate Catholics because they are tolerant? Wow.

What is sad is that he suggested on national TV that all priests are pedophiles, and included in the insult are those on missions around the world (not just in the US) feeding, sheltering, selflessly taking care of those in need or are dying. But doing good isn't news, so let's ignore all that and defend Williams' words because they're so satirical.

Robin Williams purpose was to promote his movie at all cost. Satire was the least of his concerns.

Anonymous said...

Google "Jewish Rabbi Molestation boy" and you will find many hits about Rabbi's who are pedophiles (mostly local papers and Jewish journals). Where is the Major National Media coverage on this? It is supressed to prevent anti-Semitism. But it is open season on Catholics. Phil Donohue, Ted Kennedy, and Rudolph Gulianni are liberal pro gay pro choice Catholics. They go to church. Hollywood and The Media lie.

Anonymous said...

I think Robin Williams will discover what Sinead O'Connor and Mel Gibson found out: piss off the silent majority and you will be punished/make something that appeals to them and you will be rewarded. I think Donohue has a very good record with getting Catholics behind certain movies or against others. I'll continue to watch whether Williams becomes a big hit like Gibson or a big flop like when Sinead ripped the poster of the Pope. Remember he's not against the movie but Williams' comments so let's sit back and watch his career.