VIDEO: Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler Go On Politically Incorrect Rant About Little People, Rosie Apologizes.Awkward, Featured, Television, That's Just Wrong — By BrianBalthazar on 2012/02/16 10:17 am
It’s not surprising that this video -Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â full of so many politically incorrect and insulting remarks about little people that you cannot count them all – is upsetting people.
Rosie O’DonnellÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â was interviewing Chelsea HandlerÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â for her talk showÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â on OWN, when the subject of Handler’s late night co-star Chuy came up. (Chuy is a little person who used to work in the adult film industry, and now is Handler’s sidekick on herÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â talk show Chelsea Lately.)Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â O’Donnell starts the conversation by saying she has a phobia of little people. Then two then go on a rant that you can only imagine they both believe to be funny, talking about dressing them up as children,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â having sex with one, (Handler vehemently said no, calling it ‘child abuse’) and more.
From there, the two continue in what seems like an effort to one-up the other with a more inappropriate remark. Surprisingly, (and thankfully)Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â they do not use the term midgets, but the other references are beyond unfortunate.
O’Donnell claims her fearÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â ofÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â little people could be attribuedÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â her grandmother.”My Nana was afraid of the ‘Wizard Of Oz’ munchkins,” she told Handler. Handler, on the other hand, viewed them as adorable, (She has previously dressed sidekick Chuy Bravo in baby clothes on the show): “I love little people … I want to tackle them. I see them and I want to hold myself down. I bite Chuy [Bravo] sometimes. … He’s so cute and that’s my ultimate body. If you’re going to have a little person, I want that shape, the corpulence.”
Understandably, advocacy groups forÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Americans of short stature due to dwarfism are up in arms about the discussion. Although the topics discussed are probably not uncommonÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â (I’m guessing this isn’t the first time these sort of references have been made by any means) – the fact that the chat is portrayed is perfectly acceptable and funny, is regrettable.
The truth is, there are a lot of groups that, if these same statements were uttered about, this would become a much bigger deal, and heads would roll. IfÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â someone had said they were afraid of gay people, or didn’t want to be around them, wouldn’t Rosie be upset and insulted? As a Rosie fan, I’m disappointed.
It’s not surprising then, that folks on twitter (including one insightfulÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â person whoÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â happens to be little)Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â responded to the controversy, and thankfully Rosie also elaborated.
While theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â interview chatÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â to begin with was regrettable for it’s ‘isn’t this so funny that I feel this way?’ tone, it seems that Rosie has been doing some thinking about it. I can understand that it’s easy for a conversation to get carried away, and for the average person it never comes back to haunt them in the same way it would for someone with such a public profile. That said, having a public profile comes with the demand for greater discretion. To see the conversation develop on twitter is encouraging. Like anything else,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â discussion often breeds the healing.
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