Rosie O'Donnell's Big Gay Debut
After Rosie O'Donnell's big gay debut Tuesday morning on ABC's the View, it appears that the gay community has a lot to look forward to during Rosie's tenure on the show.
There has been a lot of speculation growing among both the gay and "mainstream" media about how "gay" Rosie O'Donnell would appear in her new spot as the show's moderator.
After hearing that ABC set some strict guidelines on her contract that seemed to be anti-gay, I wasn't sure if Rosie would have her rainbow flag flying.
It seems that Rosie will be "Rosie" on the show no matter what even if being gay is a big part of who the new Rosie O'Donnell is. Rosie seemed to bring gay and lesbian issues to the spotlight today, and from the looks of things... we'll see a lot more of that throughout her tenure at the View.
Rosie brought along her wife, Kelly, and her mother-in-law for opening day. Both Kelly and her mother were active in the show providing several cut-aways, and Rosie even introduced her in-law during a commerical bump.
Rosie spoke freely about being a gay a parent, and it was evident from the beginning that being gay won't be taboo on the new View set. All of the hosts (exept right-wingger Elisabeth Hasselbach) discussed Rosie's gay lifestyle, and they did so with a great feeling of ease and comfort. I thought there might be some awkwardness, but it seemed to be a topic that no one shyed away from.
At the end of the show, they did a package about where Rosie has been. She touched on the media controversies in her life since we've last seen her on TV. To build trust, Rosie opened up about just about everything from her government annulled gay marriage to the magazine lawsuit over her "lesbian hair cut." She admits that her short bulldyker hair of the past was a "mistake" and it even scared her young son. I'm proud of Rosie for being the strong gay woman we've grown to love.
Rosie and Joy Behar have a great joking banter. At one point Rosie even made a joke about it saying "any you thought I'd have problems with Elisabeth." Barbara chimed in with "..and you will!"
One of those restrictions that ABC has put on Rosie prevents the "lesbian hair cut" from resurfacing. Rosie's contract at the View says she must maintain her hair at a certain length that avoids that scary dyke feeling that comes with buzzed short hair on women.
I'm proud of Rosie. I'm proud of the View co-hosts, and I'm proud of ABC. Rosie O'Donnell offers something to daytime TV that has been missing for years. I'm glad to see her in a role where she can be herself while making us laugh and giving away tons of free stuff!