Dr Laura's Anti-Gay TV Show Stirs Liberal Anger
Gumbel, Andrew, The Independent (London, England)
ON THE US talk-radio circuit, she is more popular than the liberal- bashing Rush Limbaugh. More popular than Howard Stern, the "shock-jock" who has been described as the pornography industry's best friend on the airwaves.
The popular psychologist Dr Laura Schlessinger, known to her fans as "Dr Laura", is so revered, in fact, that she has just been promised her own daytime television show by Paramount Studios. And some of Hollywood's most famous liberal names, alarmed by her inflammatory, anti-gay rhetoric, are rising up in revolt.
Dr Schlessinger doesn't simply dislike homosexuality. She has called it deviant. She has called homosexuals "biological errors"and accused them of preying, en masse, on young boys. She has strong opinions, too, on mixed-race marriages (she doesn't approve of them) and feminists ("they nauseate and sicken me").
Asked to comment on a Connecticut schoolgirl who had won a prize for advocating free speech on the internet, Dr Schlessinger said that if the girl was her daughter she would put her up for adoption, or sacrifice her, Inca-style. Appalled by the idea that such sentiments should find a slot on network television, Hollywood liberals, including the actress Susan Sarandon, have thrown their energy into stopping her at all costs.
A website called Stop Dr Laura has received more than seven million hits since its debut at the beginning of March. Several producers at Paramount, including the man behind Frasier, David Lee, have said they are ashamed of the outfit they work for.
On Tuesday, several hundred protesters gathered outside the Paramount gates, easily outnumbering a counter-demonstration across the street. Mr Lee said: "It is outrageous that Paramount chooses to be in business with a woman who is literally dangerous to the gay community. She may not have a club in her hand but she encourages an atmosphere where those …
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