ABC television is being threatened with a boycott of the network and its advertisers if it airs a show starring outspoken war critic Janeane Garofalo, reports MSNBC columnist Jeannette Walls.
The network is said to be flooded with messages from supporters of the war in Iraq, who are complaining about a sitcom now in development.
Janeane Garofalo in anti-war ad before Iraq conflict began
The show reportedly features the actress and comedian Garofalo as a producer working for a TV newsmagazine.
“We do not wish to see the faces of liberal Hollywood, particularly those that provided aid and comfort to Saddam Hussein,” protester Jon Alvarez e-mailed ABC, according to the column. “We will stand up and fight for our right to request their exclusion from shows and sponsors that seek our attention.”
Though ABC and Garofalo had no comment on the potential boycott, Garofalo has remained steadfast in her opposition to the military conflict, telling the New York Times charges of anti-patriotism seem meant to “shut down debate and thwart First Amendment rights.
“We are extremely supportive of the troops,” she said. “Anyone who says yes to peace and diplomacy is saying yes to the troops.”
During the March 28 broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Garofalo discussed the coalition action against Saddam Hussein, saying Iraq was the victim.
“I would say a pre-emptive, unprovoked strike is not fair. This is a pre-emptive strike. It was not provoked. That is not fair.”
Appearing on the program with her was talk-show host Michael Graham, who mentioned a controversial sign displayed by war protesters at a March 15 rally in San Francisco. The sign – which made the cover of this month’s Whistleblower Magazine – stated: “We support our troops when they shoot their officers.”
Garofalo responded by calling into question whether the sign in fact existed and had been part of the event.
“That one guy that had that one sign – that you’ll probably beat into the ground,” she said. “You’re going to use it over and over whether it actually existed or not. That’s what all you right-wing radio hosts do. You make s— up all the time.”
As previously reported by WorldNetDaily, Garofalo was among the celebrity faces in an anti-war commercial campaign produced by Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
In the ad, which was aired before the war began, Garofalo suggested up to a half-million people could be killed or wounded if the U.S. invaded Iraq.
“Do we have the right to do that to a country that’s done nothing to us?” she asked.
Latest casualty figures indicate at least 131 coalition troops dead, 11 missing and seven captured. Iraq says nearly 600 civilians have been killed and more than 4,000 wounded since the war began. Reuters reports at least 2,320 casualties among the Iraqi military. In the first Gulf War in 1991, estimates ranged from 10,000 to about 100,000 Iraqi military deaths.