WTF Alert: Roseanne Barr Blames Suicide of Marie Osmond's Son on Sexual Preference, Church

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Late last month, the 17-year old son of Marie Osmond jumped from his Los Angeles apartment building and killed himself.

It was a tragic event and the reaction of most celebrities was to pass along their sympathy to the family before politely leaving the Osmonds alone. Except for Roseanne Barr, that is.

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The former sitcom star has taken to her blog and randomly cited Marie's son's homosexuality as the basis for his death, placing a lot of blame on the Osmond's church and pretty much calling Marie a liar.

She wrote the following:

marie osmonds poor gay son killed himself... because he had been told how wrong and how sick he was every day of his life by his church and the people in it. Calling that "depression" is a lie!

Yet the Osmonds still talk lovingly about their church, saying nothing about its extremely anti-gay Crusade. Marie also has a gay daughter! Hey, I want her and all the gay kids in the world to know that they are just fine being gay and that they deserve love and respect instead of insults and rebuke! I have gay people in my family and my circle of friends and I am kicking bigot ass and taking names!

She continued:

Marie please don't talk about how your faith in your church has helped you get through this one! Please get some integrity and tell that church of yours that you will leave it and stop giving it ten percent of your money if they don't stop trying to destroy your kids' and all gay people's civil rights and dreams and hopes!!

G-d is trying to use you for something good and this is your opportunity! Your church is wrong and on the wrong wrong wrong side of things! Get as vocal about that as you are about your diet. G-d bless you too, Marie.

The only reaction we can come up with to this: WTF?!? Who calls out the mother of a son that just committed suicide?!?

THG readers, send in your most hateful judgments on Roseanne right now...


It is wrong to bring up the fact after a loved one has commited suicide that they could've prevented it! It's true that there are signs that someone is going to commit suicide, but if their family doesn't know them then how can they have any way to know that their loved one is going to commit suicide! That is completely insensitive and ignorant! People say all of the time that religion is hateful and ignortant, and then they hate people involved with that religion, but isn't that just the same thing that that you accused them of?


Roseanne picked a very insensitive time to talk about this, and believe me I am NO fan of hers, but I absolutely agree with what she wrote. The Mormon church is horrifically homophobic, and were THE major fundraisers that enabled Prop 8 to get passed. If that poor soul was given even a small dose of what we in California were subjected to during that time, then no wonder he was tortured. I would like to believe that Marie and her family were loving to him.
And yes, Roseanne should have extended a warm embrace during this very difficult time for his family.


Oh, Gwendolyn, honey, do all of us a favor & realize that not everyone believes the book you choose to follow. Do not speak for everyone, you do not know anyone's mind but yours. If that works for you, great, but don't expect everyone to believe as you do.


Roseanne shold get her facts straight.When she talks about the church and God, she should know that The Bible says Homosexual activity, is an adbomination; a sin. It is warped people who hate gays, not God.
It is very wrong of you to push your belief on someone, the same as it is for a Christian to push what they believe on another person.
JUST GIVE THE FACTS and let the individuals choose what they want to do.


It's rather bizzare that people are blaming the Mormon church for a suicide. Everyone deals with insecurities in their lives. To choose suicide is the most selfish thing to do. To blame a church for someone making such a thoughtless decision is ridiculous. Obviously he was troubled and didn't get the help that he needed, but to get on a soap box and blame everyone except the person that made the tragic decision seems short sighted.
I'm not certain if the guy was gay or not, but I find it hard to believe that she loved him any less. Stop casting stones and let them be.


Roseanne doesnt even know what she is talking about, just cause she lived in Utah, she thinks she knows about Mormons. There was never any reports of Marie's son being gay, and even so I am sure Marie still loved him because thats what parents do. Roseanne is just a washed up comedianne idiot.


Roseanne's comments are nothing that Marie Osmond does not know. Perhaps, it will make Marie think about the internal pain her son was in - if he was gay and rebuked because of it. I didn't find anything inappropriate about the comments. Marie knows what her son was and may they find the strength to deal with his death. Was his sexual orientation and embarrassment to the family? It's just really sad when a young person feels that they have nothing to live for - and to jump from a building??? It's tragic.


Oh yeah, and how closeted is this blog that they can't use the word sexual orientation?


So sad that people will defend parents in these situations. For years many of us have dedicated our lives to warning parents about the dangers of being involved in religion when they have GLBT family members. More often than not, THIS is what happens. It's a sad commentary on our society when people defend hate. When the Catholics, Mormons and Baptists begin committing suicide because of the things gay people do and say, then we can feel sorry for them.


Whatever you think, attacking someone who has gone through probably the most agonizing heartbreak is beyond abominable! You are all entitled to your opinions, but let people grieve. I am a healthcare provider and Isee this more often than I'd like. We talk about tolerance but practice an eye for an eye if it doesn't suit our point of view. Be better than that.

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