Rosie O'Donnell may have been one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, but now she is 2007's Most Annoying Celebrity. The woman who surprised blacksmiths everywhere when she claimed that fire can't melt steel trounced her competition in the Parade.com poll, getting 44% of the vote, nearly double the amount of second place winner Paris Hilton. Ann Coulter was third.
The woman who admitted that she's so gullible, she's “five seconds away” from joining a cult, also outed herself as a 9/11 Truther and floated several conspiracies. She doesn't think Al Qaeda is a threat--hey, they're mommies and daddies, too!
But she knows who the real bad guys are. She called the US a state sponsor of terror and equated the military with terrorists. She claimed the captured British sailors were really part of a “false flag” operation (“Google it!”), and Ahmadinejad isn't all that bad. Don't worry, she is concerned about terrorists. She thinks the US is robbing 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed of his humanity by labeling him a “terrorist.” (Her sneer quotes, not mine.)
Here are some of the quotes that helped Rosie win her new title (bold mine):
Don't fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers-11-09-07
But I do believe the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Tower Seven, building seven, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved, World Trade Center Seven. World Trade Center one and Two got hit by planes. Seven, miraculously, for the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible. --03-29-07
Because you don't think terrorists, you don’t think terrorists- you think that robs them of their humanity. That name "terrorist" makes them not human any more? They don’t--03-15-07
I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?--05-17-07
George Bush is a war criminal--11-21-07
You know what concerns me? How many Supreme Court judges are Catholics..Five. How about separation of church and state in America? --04-19-07
We've killed more Americans than any terrorist ever did in this war--05-01-07
Bush Outlaws All War Protest In United States (blog) --06-25-07
But interesting with the British sailors, there were 15 British sailors and Marines who apparently went into Iranian waters and they were seized by the Iranians. And I have one thing to say: Gulf of Tonkin, Google it. Okay. 03-26-07
ELISABETH HASSELBECK: Do you believe Al Qaeda, do you believe Al Qaeda is alive and working and planning in Iraq?
O’DONNELL: Well, I think there might be some guy on dialysis in a cave, but I don’t think he's really a threat.--05-01-07
Also interesting was what Rosie wouldn't say:
HASSELBECK: Do you believe there is terrorism?
O’DONNELL: I believe in state sponsored terrorism. I believe there is government sponsored terrorism by every nation in the world, including ours.-- 05-17-07
With competition like Paris, the former Queen of Nice had to really work for this award, but I think she won it fair and square.
Lynn contributes to NewsBusters. Contact her at tvisgoodforyou2 ATyahooDOTcom