Rosie O’Donnell is defending the banner photograph at the top of her blog today featuring her 4-year-old daughter wearing a toy ammunition belt and military fatigues.
Rosie O’Donnell is defending her online posting of this photo of her 4-year-old daughter Vivienne dressed up in military fatigues with toy ammunition (photo: Rosie.com)
Titled “a picture says a thousand posts,” the item was posted by the entertainer and outspoken anti-war activist at midday.
The photo is one of several now featured in a home video on Breitbart.tv showing Vivienne make the transition from princess last year to armed militant this year.
O’Donnell explains the photo was the result of a game of make-believe.
In an e-mail to The ShowBuzz, she said:
“They don’t watch TV – this is how they play/the boys had fatigues and were playing war/the girls wanted some/they run around the house with water guns/shooting each other.”
“It’s fascinating to me/that an image of a child dressed up as a soldier/evokes so much attention/yet the real soldiers – their deaths – their wounded bodies/doesn’t seem to faze most/or make news,” she added.
The weapons-filled imagery has prompted messages of shock, horror and support on Rosie’s blog, including:
- Help me out here. … Why is that child in the header pic (your child I believe) wearing a bullet belt around her? Is there a political statement ur (sic)trying to make? (Eula Hollon)
- That photo of Vivi with the bullets made me cry – it’s scary to think that there are precious little ones really walking around like that in our world “for real.” Come on people! Help our babies (Jennifer Clark)
- That picture is gross! I am disturbed…leaving your site for a clearing of my mind as to what you are up to! (David)
- Oh, WOW Vivi looks beautiful.! the fact that U (sic) let her explore her imagination like that shows what a good mom U R (sic). In some countries though, they are training terrorists that young, how sad is that? (Jessika)
- My god … that picture. I can’t stop crying. This war is such bull—-. (Jessi)
- WHY DO YOU HAVE THAT PICTURE OF VIVI WEARING BULLETS, I LOVE YOU AND IT REALLY OFFENDED ME!!!! (Kathleen)
- The latest photo of Vivi is brilliant and disturbing. Sickening to know that this is reality for thousands of children around the world. Sometimes sister-friend, you break my heart. Thank you xox (Sandy)
- Powerful picture on your header. What we need to be focusing on, instead of you know who. Love it. I can see the negative comments flowing in. (Steven)
- Not sure of the “message” you are trying to send with that pic of Viv, but I guarantee many are not going to get it. … Children with bullets, even fake … ?? what are u (sic) thinking? (Jon E.)
O’Donnell has been a proponent of gun-control measures over the years, but was accused of hypocrisy in 2000 when it was revealed her bodyguard had applied for a concealed weapons permit at the Greenwich, Conn., police department so he could better protect Rosie’s children.
She blamed the Greenwich police for covertly releasing the information to the press in order to paint her as a charlatan. She also said she was upset that reporters “informed the world” that her security personnel were unarmed, suggesting the revelation raised the risks to her family.
“[My bodyguard] has the right as a person who’s residing in Connecticut a lot of the time due to his work with me to request to carry a gun. … He’s an individual and he works for a security firm,” O’Donnell told Katie Couric, who was still hosting NBC’s “Today” show.
O’Donnell also suggested gun-rights organizations like the National Rifle Association were partly responsible for spreading the word about the gun permit application, suggesting it was a politically motivated action and, in part, an attempt to find out whether or not her bodyguard was carrying an unlicensed firearm.
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