I recently stumbled upon a blog I really enjoy called Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom. And today I read this post and it made my blood boil. Kathy Lee Gifford referred to 'nasty, bad pagans' in what was meant to be a light-hearted quiz about weddings. Now if she has said 'nasty, bad Hindus' or 'nasty, bad Muslims' she no-doubt would have been fired. However, it's ok to offend practitioners of religion where many of her on customs come from. (Uh, Kathy, let's look at the timing and customs of Christmas) She then went on to issue a blanket apology in the next show without saying specifically whom she had offended or what she had done to cause the offence. (You can get to both these clips from the Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom site and it will boost her readership if you go there) I watched both the clip of her offensive remark and then her blanket apology, and I gotta say her apology offended me even more than the original remark. She obviously didn't mean it and thought it was all a joke.
I signed the on-line petition and then emailed my friends about this. I'm also writing to the Today Show (firstname.lastname@example.org) and demanding she either be fired or make a formal on-air apology. I'd like to ask that you do the same.
I originally logged in to write about seeing The Police last night. That will have to wait.