Kathy Lee Gifford and Priorities

Of late, the Pagan blogosphere has been abuzz with the startling news that Kathy Lee Gifford is an ignorant twit. This came on the heels of the announcement that George W. Bush is a fascist douchebag and Brittany Spears is crazy. So many shocking revelations are apt to give one the vapors!

Actually, that’s not what has some Pagans upset. It’s more that she was an ignorant twit in our direction. But let’s face it, with the number of things this particular piece of ambulant plastic in the shape of a human female does not know, the probability of her saying something stupid about Pagans was fairly high. It’s kind of like getting upset when a kitten shits on your floor. Yeah, it’s irritating. But was it really unexpected?

For some reason, when I saw the clip, I couldn’t help thinking of the scene in the Castle Anthrax from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “Nasty, bad pagans!” “Wicked, bad, naughty Zoot!” So I may be having trouble taking this as deadly (and I do mean deadly) serious as, for instance, as The Faery King who posted this warning on youtube. Apparently, Gifford’s comment, made during a silly quiz, is not merely stupid and non sequitur, but also an incitement to violence against pagan children at school, and a sign of creeping theocracy in the United States.

While the groggy lot of middle schoolers who get liquored up every morning to go off to beat up whichever group Kathy Lee Gifford says something ridiculous about present a clear danger (to themselves as much as anyone else; the double barrel loss of brain cells renders such wild youths incapable of operating heavy machinery at the very least) I can’t imagine it being very big. Much like the Montel Williams Kindergarten Mafia, we’re dealing with a limited, niche demographic.

More seriously, the influence of the Religious Right is, in fact, a grave danger. But Kathy Lee Gifford hardly qualifies as a new Tinseltown Torquemada. If television is intended for the lowest common denominator, The Today Show is targeted at the lowest common denominator before it’s had its coffee. The notion that anything said on it has any relevance to real issues actually tends to minimize the real importance of these social problems in the minds of those paying attention. Tying an idle comment to a polemic on an important and dangerous trend derails any discussion of it, simply because it looks like an overreaction.

There are basically two mainstream views of Pagans. Either we are weird and evil, or weird and harmless. This is the reality we deal with in a culturally and spiritually dead society in which the highest goal is to make enough money to isolate yourself in front of ever more sophisticated technologies of sedation. In this context, people who believe in something greater than themselves, who have an imaginative relationship with the sacred, will tend to be viewed in a negative or condescending light.

I ask no apology from Kathy Lee Gifford, any more than I would ask one from the kitten mentioned above, or the lunatic that shouts insults at me on the street. It is not in their nature to truly feel remorse, and any apology would be hollow.

Instead, I laugh. Because the situation I find myself in is absurd, as it always was before.

(Oh, and stop watching so much fucking television. Honestly, if you have to be up that early, take a walk and say a prayer to the Sun instead of staring at the Spectacle sent to enslave you.)

  1. cornishevangelist said:

    Speak the Word

    Jesus defeated satan in the wilderness by speaking the Word of God, He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. Don’t forget Jesus was very weak and hungry; He was at His lowest, that is when satan comes to you saying it is hopeless, you are finished, it is all over. My friend the devil is a liar. David the shepherd boy said,” God delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, surely He will deliver me from this uncircumcised Philistine {Goliath}.
    Surely God will deliver you from your problem, so, shout it out “SURELY GOD WILL DELIVER ME” The Bible says,” “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you”.

  2. Zacharias said:


    My friend, for one who does not believe in God in the Christian sense, what good would that do? And why would you expect them to do it?

    I understand where you’re coming from but jumping into people’s blogs with comments like that isn’t going to accomplish anything, and neither will calling someone’s beliefs a ‘problem.’

    @jamesrfrench: regarding your post, I’m glad to see you’re not so easily offended as a lot of people seem to be getting these days. It amazes me at how people (of any group) have such thin skin! I hate to break it people but the world isn’t there to please and pamper you. Have a good day!

  3. Mighty B said:

    Have you seen her mocking “apology” too?

    After seeing that I checked her wiki, and she served as Anita Bryant’s live in secretary/babysitter,Attended Oral Roberts Univesity, and her brother, Rev. David Paul Epstein, is an evangelical Baptist preacher and pastor.

    Taking that into consideration,I have doubts her remarks were accidental or she was just saying something stupid.

    In any case,I don’t feel that sending an email or signing a petition asking for an apology is overeacting or going out of my way.

  4. Mighty B,

    Such an apology, as both the wiki and the clip suggest, would be hollow hypocrisy. She thinks we’re bad, and doesn’t take us seriously. I would much rather have someone be openly derisive and stand by their convictions, however ridiculous, than effectively lie to make me happy.

    You cannot “know your enemies” if you keep asking them to pretend they’re your friends.

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