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Rosie's Success, and Failure: A Post-Mortem, or, "America, Say Goodbye to Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy"
Today, silly | Silly

Posted on 04/24/2007 11:51:53 PM PDT by Silly

Let's be real, folks: Television has merely been using Rosie. It needed her to boost ratings (and therefore dollars), by creating controversy and trapping eyes in the headlights.

Rosie brought little or no inherent talent or views of value to television. But she's loud and pushy, and loud and pushy people tend to get heard over quiet, decent people. For a time, her political point of view was hip, but even that has lost cachet. Look at her poetry: She can't even speak in complete sentences! What exactly is this woman's talent?

What does a talentless person like O'Donnell have to offer its audience? Nothing but themselves, packaged for entertainment value. And Rosie was nothing if not herself: a loud, ugly, offensive freak of human nature.

Barnum and Bailey, and many other circuses, fascinated the dullest, most gullible minds of their day, playing them for suckers, by dragging out every imaginable freak they could find and promising entertainment for a nickel. People shows up in droves to see these freaks. Anyone too tall, too short, too ugly, too strange to make it in the real world using real talent to serve the public was preyed upon, placed in cages behind curtains, and exploited for the amusement of the mindless.

Nothing has changed since the days of Barnum and Bailey.

Look at a show like American Idol. Some of the people are truly talented, but it is the freaks that the public loves (this current looney, Jumbalaya, or whatever his name is), and it is the gifted ones that the show doesn't know what to do with (for instance, Jennifer Hudson, who was talented with or without the pronouncement of Simon, and is likely on her way to Broadway).

(Even Simon himself is a sort of freak. He certainly doesn't know talent when he sees it, he has little taste, and his personality is lacking in one important feature: namely, a personality. But he's rude, arrogant, and in his way, a freak. People watch him for that reason. But his eye-rolling after the VT massacre may have been one of the final nails in his coffin.)

Which brings me to Rosie O'Donnell. I saw her in person once, a half block from the Schubert Theatre in New York, at one of the theatre industry's many sidewalk sales for some cause or another. It was close to the opening of her disastrous Boy George musical, and she was sitting at a table steps from me.

Let me tell you, this woman was scary. Ugly doesn't say it. Angry-ugly is a better word. Her ugliness, as Trump astutely observed, came from within and infected her exterior. It made me sad and heartbroken to see this ruined shell of a human being. It didn't surprise me, but it did take me aback. All of her self-hate was pouring out of her eyes. This woman hates herself and her hatred for the world is just an outflow.

When you are a freak, you are only truly safe when you stay behind the bars of your cage and do not touch the customers. If you are Filthy Facial Pustule Man, sitting behind bars on a lice-ridden couch, people will look at your gross facial pustules and say, "Ewwww," and tell their friends, and take one last glance before they exit. And you can do better for yourself as a Pustulite by finding a way to garner the audiences' sympathy.

But as soon as you start popping your pustules and squirting them on customers, you no longer have value as entertainment, and no amount of sympathy of will bring them back. You are now a worthless freak: No inherent value, and no entertainment value either. Just a nuisance.

Rosie, in fact, is Jo-Jo The Dog Faced Boy. She was always been Jo-Jo The Dog-Faced Boy. She has been nothing more than a freak which TV execs exploited to line their own pockets.

For all her growling, yawping, bullying, and foaming at the mouth, she was always contained in the protective cage of her masters. She may wish to believe otherwise, and convince you that she had her say, and left on her terms, but it is not true. She only had an audience on The View because she sold soap and toilet paper. When her box office went down, she was no longer of use to Barnum and Bailey.

Rosie started scaring some of the people on the other side of the bars. Her ratio of sympathy and freakinss and grossness and offensiveness shifted, and now, instead of helping the show, she hurt it, in net terms. She will always have her fans that buy crap on her website, and always her detractors. But on this show she went over the line, and, refusing to listen or obey her true masters, the masters she willingly signed on with, she could not keep up her end of the bargain.

Rosie is now, therefore, toast. She is one step closer to being displayed in a bottle of formeldahyde, in a dusty trailer outside El Paso or Omaha.

And let's be clear: Barbara Walters was merely her zookeeper. She herself is a washed out entertainer, a has-been, who once had credibility as a journalist, but now has none.

Barbara at best is the barker of this freakshow. She didn't even qualify for ringmaster (unless Rosie's ringworm qualifies). Walters now plays in the outermost tent, bringing people to dull daytime television (who has time to watch daytime except lazy people?), so they can be sold products and sucked into the evening and latenight viewing. Walters left the bigtop ages ago.

Recent rumors of Rosie's upcoming departure from The View do not surprise me. They may or may not be true, but her star is falling. I use the term star loosely.


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KEYWORDS: jojo; rosie

1 posted on 04/24/2007 11:51:54 PM PDT by Silly
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To: Silly

How dare you insult the “Queen of Nice.” /sarc


2 posted on 04/25/2007 12:05:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Hussein Obama: The Manchurian Candidate from the Maddrassa)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, I dare, baby, I dare. I’d like to meet another Freeper who has been physically closer to Rosie (now that’s a scary thought) than I.

So tell me, I’m begging you, is my post brilliant, or is it brilliant? On a scale from one to ten, one being brilliant, ten bring Einstein Squared, where do I stand?

I ask this in all humility.


3 posted on 04/25/2007 12:11:32 AM PDT by Silly (http;//www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly

An overweight sow.


4 posted on 04/25/2007 12:14:06 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Silly

Barnum and Bailey, and many other circuses, fascinated the dullest, most gullible minds of their day, playing them for suckers, by dragging out every imaginable freak they could find and promising entertainment for a nickel. People shows up in droves to see these freaks. Anyone too tall, too short, too ugly, too strange to make it in the real world using real talent to serve the public was preyed upon, placed in cages behind curtains, and exploited for the amusement of the mindless.

5 posted on 04/25/2007 12:16:18 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: Westlander

That’s a contradiction in terms.


6 posted on 04/25/2007 12:16:37 AM PDT by Silly (http;//www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Great pic. One born every minute, and two to take him.


7 posted on 04/25/2007 12:17:41 AM PDT by Silly (http;//www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly

7.5, and I grade hard....


8 posted on 04/25/2007 12:21:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Hussein Obama: The Manchurian Candidate from the Maddrassa)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Love it, teach. Thanks.


9 posted on 04/25/2007 12:23:15 AM PDT by Silly (http;//www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly

"One of us... one of us... one of us..."

10 posted on 04/25/2007 12:27:56 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("On 11/07/06, 'true' conservatives and 'rat traitors joined forces to bring Sharia law to America.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Oh, that is too rich.

Where the #@^&$%$ is your mother buried?


11 posted on 04/25/2007 12:30:10 AM PDT by Silly (http;//www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
One better:


12 posted on 04/25/2007 12:33:06 AM PDT by Silly (http;//www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly
Silly, this is indeed brilliant.

My grading scale is slightly different. I look at it like this, would I expect to see this in a paper. 1 is the lowest grade, and 10 is the highest. Some examples:

1 - Typical college liberal editorial
2 - Typical Duluth News Tribune editorial
3 - Typical New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Red Star Tribune editorial
4 - Newsweek, Time editorial
6 - Slate editorial (liberal, but in all fairness well written)
7 - A GOOD WorldNetDaily.com editorial
8 - Wall Street Journal editorial
9 - National Review editorial
10 - Commentary, Human Events editorial, Conservative think tank stuff

Bearing all of this in mind, I would give you a 7.0 (and yes, I am fussy). I think this is worthy of publication.

Some real gems that struck me.


Barnum and Bailey, and many other circuses, fascinated the dullest, most gullible minds of their day, playing them for suckers, by dragging out every imaginable freak they could find and promising entertainment for a nickel. People shows up in droves to see these freaks. Anyone too tall, too short, too ugly, too strange to make it in the real world using real talent to serve the public was preyed upon, placed in cages behind curtains, and exploited for the amusement of the mindless.

Let me tell you, this woman was scary. Ugly doesn't say it. Angry-ugly is a better word. Her ugliness, as Trump astutely observed, came from within and infected her exterior. It made me sad and heartbroken to see this ruined shell of a human being. It didn't surprise me, but it did take me aback. All of her self-hate was pouring out of her eyes. This woman hates herself and her hatred for the world is just an outflow.

And let's be clear: Barbara Walters was merely her zookeeper. She herself is a washed out entertainer, a has-been, who once had credibility as a journalist, but now has none.


Insightful and thought provoking. Great stuff!

Here are some of the parts that I thought went over the top.

But as soon as you start popping your pustules and squirting them on customers, you no longer have value as entertainment, and no amount of sympathy of will bring them back. You are now a worthless freak: No inherent value, and no entertainment value either. Just a nuisance.

Rosie, in fact, is Jo-Jo The Dog Faced Boy. She was always been Jo-Jo The Dog-Faced Boy. She has been nothing more than a freak which TV execs exploited to line their own pockets.


I think if you were to cut these two lines out all together (and a couple of other little things), you could raise the rank one full point to Wall Street Journal quality.
13 posted on 04/25/2007 1:31:03 AM PDT by dbehsman (NRA Life Member, and loving every minute of it!)
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To: dbehsman

Thank you very much for your thoughts. I popped this out in a bar tonight (you can tell by the late hour) whilst listening to karaoke and drinking Jameson.

I’ve published it on my blog, sarcasmoff.com, and will take your suggstions to heart. I think what you have pointed out as over-the-top may be the Ann Coulter in me, but your thoughts are extremely valuable.

Let’s call it a work in progress, and you my coach.

Kindest regards,

Silly


14 posted on 04/25/2007 1:53:26 AM PDT by Silly (http;//www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly
Nice post Silly!

You nailed it with Rosie's self hate. There can be no other explanation for her tirades, and bitter attacks against those who would disagree with her.

Elizabeth Hasselback has shown enormous restraint.

Walters is also the classic enabler. If she were concerned for others on her show, she would have not allowed this self destruction to take place.

Wishing you continued good health, and success in the future.

Cheers!

15 posted on 04/25/2007 3:51:31 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Northern Yankee

Thank you very much! A fine how-de-do from NYC!


16 posted on 04/25/2007 3:53:50 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly

A very good “on target” essay. I remember Rosie when she did stand up comedy. She wasn’t side splitting funny, but pleasant, and relatively clean.

I don’t know what happened to her. I watched her talk show periodically, until she jumped into Tom Selleck’s sh*t with both feet. The shocked look on his face matched mine, I guess. Maybe “coming out” ain’t all that after all...


17 posted on 04/25/2007 4:44:52 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Head Caterer for the FIRM)
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To: Silly
She has been nothing more than a freak which TV execs exploited to line their own pockets.

Other than Tammy Bruce, I haven't ever seen a lesbian who isn't miserable. I know several in the military and they are always talking down to straight females and males. They think they are above regulations and do what they want. Some have been relieved for their unethical behavior, but others "know" someone to stay in and are never even counseled.

18 posted on 04/25/2007 4:45:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Guns don't kill people. None of my guns ever left the house at night and killed anyone.)
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To: Silly

Apparently she is leaving the View to get her own show. She signed a 40 million dollar contract for five year a month ago. She does not seem to be going anywhere at this time.


19 posted on 04/25/2007 4:48:06 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: Silly
in a dusty trailer outside El Paso or Omaha.

Hey, a lot of us in Omaha wouldn't watch Rosie even if she was in a bottle of formaldahyde!

20 posted on 04/25/2007 5:12:04 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Liberals...anti self-defence ideologues...)
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To: Grannyx4

LOL! Perhaps those passing through might be gullible enough to stop and take a look. Worth charging a quarter, don’t you think? And give a few teenagers a summer job?


21 posted on 04/25/2007 5:13:57 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly

LOL! I forget about the tourists! However, a teenager can only work in this state if they are 18. If less than 18 there are strict rules concerning hours, etc. But, we do have a large population of (ahem) migrant (ahem) workers who could do the job Americans won’t...


22 posted on 04/25/2007 5:20:23 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Liberals...anti self-defence ideologues...)
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To: Grannyx4

Great. Give them a bottle of Windex, a roll of paper towels, point them in the direction of Rosie’s jar, and say, “Go make clean!”


23 posted on 04/25/2007 5:22:32 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly
I ask this in all humility.

LOL! It's an excellent post and observation. :)

24 posted on 04/25/2007 5:29:36 AM PDT by proud American in Canada ("We can, and we will prevail.")
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To: proud American in Canada

Thanks, my friend.


25 posted on 04/25/2007 5:33:45 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly

Actually our migrant workers mostly work in meat packing plants butchering hogs....


26 posted on 04/25/2007 5:37:19 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Liberals...anti self-defence ideologues...)
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To: Silly

While I agree that Rosie has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, I have to disagree totally with your characterization of Simon... In the very few episodes I’ve seen he’s been completely honest, if blunt. The performers could sound like someone throwing live kittens into a wood chipper and the other two judges would smile and say “Oh, that was lovely!”

As far as the eye rolling goes, I didn’t see the episode in question but if the performer was attempting to exploit the tragedy to get more votes they deserved a great deal worse than an eye roll.


27 posted on 04/25/2007 5:43:28 AM PDT by COgamer
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To: Silly

Well done. Now Rosie the Pig can go to her next disaster and spew her hatred.

Pray for W and Our Troops


28 posted on 04/25/2007 5:49:18 AM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both Enemies of America)
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To: COgamer

Simon is a huckster. He’s supposed to be looking for talent. Any honest talent scout is going to have a screening process. He should be screening out these twerps who can’t sing, and weed them out before they even make it in front of a television.

But he doesn’t, does he? That’s what makes him a huckster and a phony.

Furthermore, he really does not know a lot about the voice. He knows more about what sells in popular music. Good for him. But he often passes off his vocal criticism as if he actually knows what he’s talking about. He clearly doesn’t.


29 posted on 04/25/2007 5:53:14 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly
TMZ.com is reporting Rosie will announce her departure on today's The View.

Not sure if immediate or end of season.

30 posted on 04/25/2007 7:04:03 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: dbehsman

I agree with both your scale and your assessment of the post. Silly has really got it going on, but loses 1 point for the pustule-popping. There are actually people who will PAY to see that. As evidenced by the hits on Rosie.com.


31 posted on 04/26/2007 12:27:37 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: Silly
When I worked the big fairs as a carny my favorite "joint" of all was the

. . .6 FOOT . . .
MAN EATING
. .CHICKEN!. .

I only saw it up at two fairs. You pay your $.50 and go into the little booth and there is a man standing by a measuring stick. He is apparently 6 feet tall and as you come in he is biting a chicken leg and holding a plate of fried chicken. People go in and come out muttering about the ripoff or laughing uncontrollably. Either way they go drag everyone the know to see the 6 Foot Man Eating Chicken. It is a profitable joint.

32 posted on 04/26/2007 3:42:28 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: ThanhPhero

That’s a great story.


33 posted on 04/26/2007 5:20:01 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly
Interesting progression of Rosie's career recently - First, Imus get smacked down and Rosie starts babbling about the "thought police coming".

Next, she comes out and says she's not going to do any more controversial stuff, which is, face it, the only reason she's there.

And now, a few short weeks after Imus' debacle, Rosie's leaving, as they say, "to pursue other career options/to spend more time with her family".

I hate it when my brain gets sucked into this tabloid crap, but I'd like to know what the background on this was. It sounds like she got steamrolled.

34 posted on 04/26/2007 5:43:43 AM PDT by Kenton (All vices in moderation. I don't want to overdo any but I don't want to skip any either.)
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To: Kenton

Good points.


35 posted on 04/26/2007 5:50:18 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.sarcasmoff.com)
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To: Silly

Oh you big thilly!


36 posted on 04/26/2007 12:09:13 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (<--- "Crazy Aunt" Conservative)
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To: Silly

That looks like peter griffin after he got de-boned.
I think your post is dead-on.


37 posted on 11/23/2014 12:54:14 PM PST by Trillian
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To: Silly
Look at a show like American Idol. Some of the people are truly talented, but it is the freaks that the public loves

That's why I always say, that "I liked American Idol better when it was called 'The Gong Show.'" At least they had Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.

38 posted on 11/23/2014 12:57:13 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: COgamer
live kittens into a wood chipper and the other two judges would smile and say “Oh, that was lovely!”

Or "Yo, Dog!"

39 posted on 11/23/2014 12:58:44 PM PST by dfwgator
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