Saturday, October 18, 2008

victoria jackson and the end of the world

In my BOA column this week, I wrote about Roger Ebert's recent Creationism: Your questions answered post, and the ensuing fallout. Some believed he got all born again. No. I mentioned some who really did though, including Victoria Jackson. If the name sounds familiar and you can't place her, think: ukelele, handstands, Johnny Carson, the SNL bad years.
I'm not even sure how I knew she was born again, but I just found her website, and it's really a spectacle.

Some quotes:

"Obama, call me. I'll explain Christianity to you.
Maybe you'll get saved and start loving unborn babies."

...and this lovely one, full of compassion and love:

"I don't want a political label, but Obama bears traits that resemble the anti- Christ and I'm scared to death that un- educated people will ignorantly vote him into office."

She goes on to call him a liar, communist and a racist. We've all heard this rhetoric before, so I'm not sure why this seems so particularly ugly to me...


Regan Lee said...

I remember Jackson very well; I used to like her on SNL, then she got very weird -- not good weird, creepy off the wall weird -- when she got religion.

what she says about Obama is ugly and scary.

Anonymous said...

She was married to an eastcoast bigwig producer back in the '80s, then they divorced. I can't remember his name.

Anyhow, maybe this is why she's not employable in showbiz anymore -- they don't take a gander to
rightwing, bornagain christians.

I do have to agree with part of her screed about Obama. Oh, but first one thing she didn't mention was his sexism(and the virulent sexism and ageism) in his campaign against Clinton and Clinton supporters and ageism against McCain.

Now on to what Jackson wrote, which I've noticed too - about his racism and his church's racism:

" and a racist (Obama writes in his book, From Dreams of My Father, "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and and animosity against my (white) mother's race.") (Obama's "religion" of the last 20 years is Black Liberation Theology. What is that? "It is simply Marxism dressed up in Christian rhetoric. But unlike traditional Marxism, Black Liberation Theology emphasizes race rather than class. It's leading theorist is James Cone who says Jesus was black, African-Americans are the chosen people, and whites are the devil. Cone says, "What we need is the destruction of whiteness, which is the source of human misery in the world." "

richelle said...

I remember she always talked about her husband, "Nissan" on the tonight show. A memorable name.

I would like to know how something as oppressive, emotional, damaging, etc. like civil rights is supposed to be addressed without radicals, and without addressing the nasty core. Unfortunate as it may be, those who address such things head on get to deal with the messiest parts. Feminism has its so- called "feminazis" or manhaters, Black activists have their "racists." It's far more complicated than that. The thing about the above quote is this: The first quote is removed from its context. Everything following it has nothing to do with the quote, or Obama. It's Jackson's unexamined spew she probably had handed to her via some unimanginably dreadful right wing conversation. Besides, what's so untrue about it anyway? If you take that last sentiment symbolically, and extend it back through time, well...

Regan Lee said...

I second what Richelle says about the book; not having read it, I can't make assumptions, but it's a fair assumption to make that it is taken out of context, indeed. As well as putting the entire thing into a larger context of civil rights, etc. as Richelle points out.

As to Obama's sexism....I'd like some examples.