Olbermann on California’s Proposition 8

On the same night as celebrations of Barack Obama’s historic victory two weeks ago, there was the troubling rejection of existing recognition of gay marriage in the state of California by voters there.

Many LDV readers will be familiar with Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC news anchorman, whose on air editorials on progressive issues seek to counter-balance those of the right-wing Fox News. Here’s his latest “special comment” on the issue.

His style is noticeably more measured in this one, perhaps after being satirised by the comics of Saturday Night Live a few weeks back.

Hat tip: Charmed by Randomness.

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  • Richard Huzzey 19th Nov '08 - 10:24pm

    Ack – sorry.

    On a tangent, related to an earlier thread, I’d pay for access to BBC TV online (I-Player) over here in the USA if it was available!

  • I saw this on an American blog – and he had me in tears, it’s so powerful. And I’m a cynical, heartless individual most of the time.

    He says: “And I don’t have a personal investment in this: I’m not gay, I had to strain to think of one member of even my very extended family who is, I have no personal stories of close friends or colleagues fighting the prejudice that still pervades their lives.

    And yet to me this vote is horrible. Horrible. Because this isn’t about yelling, and this isn’t about politics. This is about the… human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it.”

    Here’s a link with a video I could see from the UK – plus a transcript:

    Caution: your employer and its IT minions may regard that site as NSFW.

  • Also – you might enjoy the inexpressibly wonderful Wanda Sykes, approaching the same subject from a very different angle: “It’s very simple: if you don’t believe in same-sex marriage, then don’t marry someone of the same sex… I’m seeing people all up in arms about s*** that don’t affect them.”


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