What is John Gibson’s problem? A few months ago he mocks Heath Ledger, a 28 year old actor, just a day or so after he dies tragically from an accidental drug overdose. And why, you ask, would anyone choose to mock someone just hours after their untimely death? Well if you are John Gibson it is because this young actor had the audacity to play a gay man in the movie Brokeback Mountain – that’s why:
Opening his radio show with funeral music yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson callously mocked the death of actor Heath Ledger, calling him a “weirdo” with a “serious drug problem.”
Playing an audio clip of the iconic quote, “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s gay romance movie Brokeback Mountain, Gibson disdainfully quipped, “Well, he found out how to quit you.” Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger said, “We’re dead,” followed by his own, mocking “We’re dead” before playing the clip again.
It is simply impossible for me to imagine that someone could be so homophobic and bereft of basic human decency that he could make fun of a young man whose family had not even buried him yet causing Heath’s grief-stricken family even more agony than they were already in.
And now we learn that Mr. Gibson is at it again, only this time his target is Rachel Maddow, a TV. and radio commentator and lesbian with whom Mr. Gibson disagrees on just about all things political. So what does “good ole boy” John do when Rachel says something that John doesn’t agree with? Well he attacks her personally of course. And how does an ignorant knuckle dragging homophobe do that? By mocking her sexual orientation.
Listen to the two clips at the above links and then ask yourself how someone of this man’s ilk has managed to stay on the air as long as he has. It’s depressing that craven people like him are now the face of today’s Republican Party.November 2008 cannot come fast enough.