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Prop 8 Fallout Continues: Roseanne -vs- Elton John

Scott on November 17, 2008 at 10:50 am

So the fallout continues from the passage of Prop 8 in California.  Protests occurred all weekend across the nation (here, here and here for starters).  Amid all the hullabulloo, the celebrities are putting their thoughts out there as well.  Two of the most notable so far are Roseanne Barr and Sir Elton John, but oddly enough they are NOT on the same side of this issue.

Roseanne, self-proclaimed “domestic goddess” and kinda/sorta “comedian” (and I use that term loosely) says:

70% of black church going californians who voted this cycle voted for prop 8. As they overwhelmingly supported America’s first chance to elect a person of color and strike a death blow to racism, they also went out of their way to misuse their votes (no doubt at the behest of their immoral and hateful pastors and clergy) to isolate and punish a small minority of citizens, and to deny them basic civil rights…They showed themselves every inch as bigoted and ignorant as their white christian right wing counterpartners who voted for mccain-palin and bush-cheney.

Hmmm.  So when the large majority of Blacks vote to put Obama in office, they are progressive and enlightened and obviously made the right decision.  But when that same large majority of Blacks vote the opposite way and swat down attempts by liberals to noarmalize homosexuality through gay marriage, they are bigoted and ignorant.


On the other hand we have Sir Elton.  Interestingly enough, Elton seems fine with how things are now:

“What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage…I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership…The word ‘marriage,’ I think, puts a lot of people off…You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.”

So Elton John, one of the poster boys for things gay, doesn’t see anything wrong with having a separation between heterosexual marriage and homosexual civil unions.  In fact, he seems to think it is preferable.  AND he isn’t expressing an over-the-top rage and hatred for those who want to keep marriage the way that it is.  Meanwhile, Roseanne (who isn’t even gay) is characterizing the people who approved Prop 8 as bigoted and ignorant (among other things).


John Adds: Time magazine asks “What happens if you’re on the gay enemies list?” Well, if you’re Mormon you get letters of (ultimately harmless) white powder mailed to temples in SLC and LA. Something similar happened to a Catholic group last week. In Fresno, the Mayor and a local pastor received death threats. Both are now being given security details.

I appreciate that gay groups have denounced any acts of protest which are not peaceful (or in this case border on terrorism). But how often has the gay community worked the line about incidents being the result of “climate of hate?” Maybe they’d like to take a moment and check their own climate controls, which have been set on overdrive since Prop 8 passed.

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