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Rosie O'Donnell's baby factory

Posted By Debbie Schlussel On 02/09/2001 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Poor Rosie O’Donnell. Not satisfied being rich, famous and obnoxious,
she’s been looking for a new profession.

In May, she became a Second Amendment scholar at the Million Mom March.

In October, she was an Al Gore campaign worker, threatening Warner
Brothers that she would quit her talk show, unless allowed to run a
four-minute Barbra Streisand pro-Gore propaganda speech. The speech,
without equal time for Bush, made the ridiculous claim that Bush would
return us to the Middle Ages and slavery.

In November, she became an electoral scholar, signing a New York Times
ad claiming the Constitution demanded a “complete” revote by Palm Beach
County.

And after mastering the Constitution, Rosie became a lawyer. Sort of.
Although her syndicators met her ultimatum and ran the Streisand speech,
O’Donnell, a Boston College dropout, announced she was quitting her show
anyway, in 2002, and would go to law school to fight guns.

In December, she became the defendant in People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PETA) v. Rosie O’Donnell, a $350,000 lawsuit. On her show,
O’Donnell wore leather pants (they come in that size?) from the Gap, and
falsely claimed that PETA approved. A double-crime against PETA — not
only wasn’t that true, but extra animals died to make Rosie’s supersize
pants.

In January, she became a magazine publisher, announcing that in April,
she’d take over “McCall’s,” changing it to “Rosie.” “It will have a lot
more of my annoyingly Democratic political agenda in the middle of it,”
with “controversial” articles about “the real stars and heroes” of
America. “I don’t think I’m ever going to hide my opinion.”

If there’s any question what she means by “the real stars and heroes,”
check out Rosie’s latest vocation, baby factory for celebrity mothers.
She now plans to work full-time on adoptions when her talk show contract
ends.

But if you’re married to a man, you need not apply. Rosie’s placed
several children with herself, actress Kate Jackson, and other single
mothers. “My son’s in kindergarten and only two kids in his whole class
live in a traditional mother/father family,” she told USA Today. “What
a traditional family is in 2001 is different from what it was in 1980.
I tell my kids what makes a family is love.” “There are many ways to be
a family,” echoes single-mom actress Calista Flockhart, TV’s “Ally
McBeal.”

Wrong. A family is a mother and a father. No matter how famous or
wealthy the mother, fathers matter. And Rosie’s erroneous contention to
the contrary only illustrates that, once again, she’s not qualified for
the job.

Study after study shows that kids raised by single mothers are more
likely to suffer from depression and become violent, to commit crime and
go to prison, to do lousy in school and be aggressive toward teachers,
to be unsuccessful and to get divorced and have children out of
wedlock. A December 2001 study by England’s Tavistock and Portman
National Health Service Trust found that boys generally face more
psychological problems during their early upbringing, requiring
attention from a father. An August 1999 study by Columbia University’s
National Center on Addiction and Drug Abuse, found kids raised by single
mothers are more apt to abuse drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

Pastor Doug Webster interviewed more than 1,500 boys and girls for his
book, “Dear Dad, If I Could Tell You Anything.” Their constant
concern: I want more of my dad. But in Rosie-style, they won’t have a
dad at all.

And she’s doing extra damage to her son, Parker. Michael Gurian,
therapist and author of several books about boys, including “A Fine
Young Man” and “The Good Son,” says that not allowing boys to grow up
with a father puts them in “a tinderbox.” “About … 50 percent of
boys are just emotionally neglected. They’re just not getting enough
emotional development, enough moral development,” he told the Orange
County Register. “They’ve got to have their dads.” Massachusetts
pediatrician Dr. Eli Newberger writes, in “The Men They Will Become:
The Nature and Nurture of Male Character,” that the absence of fathers
has resulted in particularly terrible consequences for boys.

You’d think “civil rights activist” Rosie would be disturbed by the
harmful message she’s sending minorities.

Washington Post columnist, William Raspberry, who is black, laments his community has “grown used to talking about the particularly devastating impact of fatherlessness
on Black boys.” With more than half of black households run by single
mothers, it’s no surprise that one in every four black boys is
incarcerated during his lifetime. Raspberry’s right that “boys need
fathers to learn how to be men.” And black author Jonetta Rose Barras
finds the absence of fathers hurts black girls, too.

In “Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl?” she writes that girls without fathers
become suckers for shallow, disrespecting men or are wary of commitment
to any man because they lacked a father as a role model for a man they
love and respect and from whom they get the same.

But why should Rosie and her Hollywood buddies care? She and other
deliberately single moms in Hollywood, like Jodie Foster, Flockhart,
Macy Gray, Linda Ronstadt, Sandra Bernhard and Janine Turner, are part
of an industry which preaches that fathers are bad, and doesn’t care
about the consequences. A 1998 National Fatherhood Initiative study
found that of a minuscule 14.7 percent of TV programs even featuring a
father, only 3.9 percent of those portrayed him positively. Remember
single-mom “Murphy Brown” and her attack on Dan Quayle?

“It’s the way of the future, so people better start opening up their
minds and expanding their horizons,” lectures pregnant single actress
Camryn Manheim of TV’s “The Practice.” “I feel sorry [for people who]
can’t celebrate such beauty.”

No, feel sorry for your kids, who can’t celebrate the beauty of a dad.
And the other victims of Rosie’s baby factory.


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