THE REDCOATS ARE COMING, AND THEY’RE BRINGING THEIR GAYS!
After a self-imposed blog hiatus that she broke only to talk politics — and oh, how I understand that — Rosie O’Donnell is back to the business of berating The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck by way of poetry.
“sarah p – elisabeth h / identical cousins / women who hunt in high heels / gives one pause,” Rosie wrote.
Clearly, Rosie will not be reaching across partisan lines during this American election season. Reaching across the Atlantic Ocean, however? Absolutely, she will.
Rosie will be the first American to guest star on HBO’s new sketch show Little Britain USA, which premieres this month. She’ll play herself in a skit where she attends a Fat Fighters meeting with the unceasingly rude weight-loss coach Marjorie Dawes.
Dawes introduces Rosie to the group like this:
I know you had your own talk show — until Ellen DeGeneres filled your spot. And then it says here, also, that you’ve been in some movies: A League of Their Own, The Flintstones, Sleepless in Seattle. I’ve seen that one. I don’t remember you in it, but we’ll take your word for it. And it says here that you are a lesbian. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
The sketch goes on to reveal Marjorie as a homophobe, a racist and a woman who is altogether without self-awareness.
“this is the funniest show / ever / fair warning – a few curses / i am in the 3rd sketch,” Rosie opined on Tuesday.
Some gay rights activists don’t agree with Ro. This week, a spokesman for the West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Alliance said of Little Britain USA: “This is the most politically incorrect, offensive and obnoxious material ever seen in this country.”
HBO, however, says that their goal is to challenge stereotypes of weight, race, gender, and gay and lesbian relationships with the over-the-top characters in Little Britain USA. (I guess it’s kind of like bridging a gap with a bunch of Borat DVDs.)
A few clips of the show have already been released online, including this one where The Only Gay Guy on Campus realizes that he’s living next door to a lesbian couple. He concludes that his status as the Only Gay Guy isn’t really challenged because his neighbors are lesbians, which “isn’t really gay, is it?”
Little Britain USA will premiere on HBO in the U.S. and on The Movie Network in Canada on Sept. 28th at 10:30 p.m. EST, and will then be shown a week later on BBC One in Britain.
If that’s not enough Rosie for you, you can tune into the Home Shopping Network on September 21 at noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. as they offer up Season One of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on DVD.
Imagine knowing in 1996, when Rosie’s talk show first aired, that she’d fall out of love with Tom Cruise because she’s a lesbian, and Tom Cruise would leave Nicole Kidman to fall in love with Joey Potter. It’s the stuff of epic poetry — or ill-formed haikus. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.
— by StuntDouble