Special Entertainment Edition: TV's Liberal Advocacy
politically correct, feminist-approved tooth fairy.
- Ellen moves
from just showing gays as no different than anyone else to using
her sit-com to push liberal policies.
- Ed Asner
raises money for Cuba.
Correctness in the Wonderful World of Disney? On October 5 the 7pm ET
Wonderful World of Disney on ABC offered a politically correct,
feminized view of the tooth fairy.
In the made-for-TV movie
Toothless, Katherine, a dentist, gets into an accident and is sent to
limbo, where she must successfully complete a "community
service" in order to go to heaven, to wit, she must be the new
tooth fairy. Minutes after arriving in Limbo, Katherine is outfitted
in the traditional tooth fairy garb, a puffy pink dress with ribbons,
lace, and a tiara, and proclaims "Who ever designed this should
rot in hell." Rogers, a kind of boot-camp drill sergeant for
Limbo informs her "He is." A few moments later, Katherine
tells Rogers that being a tooth fairy is just not her thing. Rogers
corrects her "Tooth person, we're politically correct in
On one of her trips to Earth,
Katherine lands in the bedroom of a little girl who has stayed awake
to meet her. When she arrives, the little girl asks if she is really
the tooth fairy. Katherine replies "No, I'm a figment of your
imagination. The personification of every female stereotype ever
stuffed down your throat by the sexist, male dominated media. You
should read Little Women."
Viewers also got a dose of
the kind of political correctness offered in the classroom through
programs like "Outcomes Based Education" and Goals 2000.
Bobby, a young boy who looks to Katherine for advice is seen sitting
in class, where his teacher is lecturing on one occasion about
tolerance, love, and acceptance, and on another occasion about
composting -- never mind Math, English, Science, or History.
2) In the few
episodes of ABC's Ellen (Wednesday night at 9:30pm ET) sit-com that
have aired since the "coming out" episode last season, star
Ellen DeGeneres has gone beyond pushing tolerance or acceptance of an
actively gay main character in a prime time television show. After ABC
added a parental warning to the top of a show a few weeks ago in which
she kissed co-star Joely Fisher, the October 9 New York Times quoted
her as complaining "If you say, 'Don't watch a show that has gay
people on it,' who's to say they won't one day say, 'Don't watch a
show that has black people on it, or Jews.' I never wanted to be an
activist, but they're turning me into one."
But no one is
"turning" her into an activist. She already decided to use
her show to push liberal gay rights activism. The October 15 episode,
for example, opened with Peter and Audrey, two of Ellen's friends,
returning from a "Gay charity hoe-down." Audrey presents her
with a gift bag from the hoe-down. Inside is a "gay yellow
pages." Peter remarks "The gay community yellow pages
represent an important step in our empowerment..." When Ellen
expresses reluctance to use the "gay yellow pages," Audrey
says "This is about getting involved in your community... Oh,
come on, Ellen. The man has been keeping our people down long enough.
'Together we stand, divided we fall, queer nation, one and all.'"
At Ellen's house party, a gay
activist presents Ellen with a rainbow flag, and tells her "The
rainbow is a sign of unity for gays of all sexes, creeds, and
colors." She also overhears two gay women in conversation. In an
obvious stab at those who objected to her on-screen kiss the week
before, one says to the other "Every time I turn on the TV some
woman is kissing some man. I have nothing against what they do in
their home, but I shouldn't have to watch it." Ellen offers Amy,
the activist some tortilla chips. Amy responds "No thank you, I'm
boycotting...excuse me girl-cotting. Senior Crunchy's repeatedly
denied benefits to same sex partners." Amy later introduces Ellen
to the crowd, and says "We hope she will remember as John F.
Kennedy would have said had he been gay, 'Ask not what the gay
community can do for you, ask what you can do for the gay
community.'" Ellen standing in front of the room says "Thank
you. And I promise to have a lesbian on the moon this decade. And if
Jerry Falwell has anything to do with it, we'll have them all on the
Ellen later confesses to
Peter that she's feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to be an
activist, Peter responds "I'm sorry, some of my friends can be a
little bit rigid, but that's just their way of finding unity in the
face of oppression."
3) Ed Asner's
Cause Celebre: Aide to Communists. Actor Edward Asner, formerly of the
Mary Tyler Moore Show, and currently making guest appearances on such
programs as ABC's The Practice, is soliciting money for the
"Disarm Education Fund" of the Cuban Medical Project. In a
fund-raising letter sent out by the organization, Asner states:
"It's illegal to sell medicines to Cuba...so we're sending them
free." By donating to Disarm, Asner claims that you are sending a
very important message "To the people of Cuba, you send a ray of
hope, and demonstrate that many Americans care enough to help despite
Washington's blockade, [and] To our government in Washington, you add
your voice to the growing chorus that demands peace now..."
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