Review of “A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration”

Presumably, adults wrote the following comments on New York Daily News‘ review of A Family.

Commenter Scotchman says:

The issue is Rosie is trying to make Gay Marriage Mainstream. It wont ever be acceptable in my eyes. Familys are ment to have a Mother and Father. We need to stop trying to make everything in this country Politcally correct. If it is wrong its wrong. And GAY marrige is wrong. Enough with the attacks on the Family. QUIT TRYING TO MAKE OK.

Commenter Blurose agrees:

She (Rosie) is not showing “the love” she is openly showing the perversion andtrying to force acceptance of that. Anyone who supports ANY morals at all knows that this is WRONG, wrong, wrong, and has been wrong, wrong, wrong, since the beginning of time. It is horrifying to watch our country going down the toilet with the acceptance of these immoralities.

Critics, including The New York Times, suggest that Rosie’s special is too shallow, that it lacks substance. But the fact is, in 2010, marriage equality is still not a reality in 43 states; more than a dozen states are actively considering legislation to ban same-sex couples from adoption; California, one of the most progressive states in the country, is holding a hearing to decide the legality of Proposition 8; and vocal groups of Americans think same-sex families are a perversion.

If some adults refuse to listen to reason, perhaps they will listen to their kids.

A Family Is a Family Is a Family is certainly a deliberate play on Gertrude Stein‘s “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” from Sacred Emily — but if you’re looking for poets, you don’t have to look much farther than this gaggle of ragamuffins.

“Love is hugs,” says one.

“Love is when you try to kiss someone on the lips,” says another. “BORING!

But it is a seven-year-old girl that has the most astute observation in the documentary: “Love is a feeling you get from the heart. It can never be removed. It’s like a virus. A virus that doesn’t have a cure.”

As I was watching, I was reminded not of Stein, but of the Greek playwright Aeschylus. “Bless the children,” he wrote in The Libation Bearers, “give them triumph now.”

With the help of children like these, may we all triumph over homophobia.

But long live the love virus. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.”

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