Rosie O’Donnell, Blood Diamond, and More TV

I was watching HBO last night after fixing myself a bowl of buttered popcorn for dinner (the hubby was at golf league) and saw this show:

The more I watched it, the more I came to understand that families indeed come in all varieties. Yes, folks, it was a cruise for gay families. The families all had adopted or children from previous marriages. The families came in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It was wonderful to see. I was particularly touched by two men who got married on board the ship. They had their family with them; five really cute children of mixed races. There was so much love there. I couldn’t help but think how wonderful it was for them to see past color, gender, and every other stereotype we bind ourselves to.

It was interesting to watch this family and other families debark at Nassau (in the Bahamas?) where they were greeted by a group of angry Christians who were yelling names and scaring the littlest children, who obviously didn’t understand the venom directed at their parents. The hate on the Christian faces was palpable. I felt very angry for the families, but they kept their cool, smiled, tried to talk with the protesters. It did not do any good of course. This mob mentality cannot be reasoned with. The hatred oozing off the Christians was scary to behold, it was that demonic. The families shopped and continued their sightseeing as best they could and got back on board. It sickened me to think that anyone carrying the name of Christ would spew such hatred toward anyone else. It’s really nobody’s business who you sleep with or marry, but Christians insist on making it their business, though nowhere in the bible does it say that we are to get in the face of others, screaming and yelling that they are going to hell.

I found the program refreshing and uplifting and very informative, especially when they interviewed several of the older children. They loved their parents and were mystified about all the hatred flowing their way. They described the persecution they got at home and in their neighborhoods and schools. But they were marvelously well-adjusted and articulate. Very well done.

We also recently watched the movie Blood Diamond. It’s a shame that such an important topic has to be muddled up with poor plot and acting, but it was. A quasi-love story between Jennifer Connelly and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters were totally unnecessary and had about as much heat as a Maytag Refrigerator. I really didn’t care whether they liked each other or not and one could easily fast forward through these scenes. Djimon Hounsou was excellent as the father who’s family was torn apart by the RUF during a raid on his village for diamond slaves. In fact, the movie would have been just fine if the plot was exclusively shot from the family’s viewpoint without all the extraneous viewpoints of DiCaprio and Connelly. Explaining how the diamond industry is fueled by blood and smuggled out of the country to Western consumers is a given. We don’t need DiCaprio’s character as the smuggler to tell us that. His performance was very inconsistent as far as the plot went. We were supposed to believe that he works for this person smuggling diamonds one minute, has a quick change of heart after meeting Connelly’s character the next minute, and then decides to be noble at the end and help Hounsou’s characters’ family in the end, when ten minutes before he was beating the crap out of this guy and stealing a diamond away from him? I didn’t buy it at all. All in all, it was boring as a movie, but good as a message we need to hear. It would have served their purposes better to make a documentary, but actors must work and actors must be paid after all while starring in a “socially relevant” movie. (eyes rolling)

After that, I watched my TiVo’d Sundance Channel show John Safran vs. God which….well…there’s no way to describe his style, but he takes on religious topics like nobody’s business. You’ve got to search YouTube for some snippets. Most excellent! The episode where he confesses to a Catholic priest that he did some unsavory things in the priest’s bed while staying as a guest is priceless. You gotta’ love the priest’s reaction!

Well, that’s it for a Thursday evening at home in front of the tellie. TTFN!

2 thoughts on “Rosie O’Donnell, Blood Diamond, and More TV

  1. I actually liked Blood Diamond though of course I have known about conflict diamonds for years due to the nature of my work. I totally agree on the romance subplot, though: it wasn’t believable and added nothing to the story.

    Still, I thought it was good because Tiffany-diamond crowd who really needs to be awakened to the issue are not likely to watch a documentary about it.

    But get DiCaprio onscreen, and suddenly you have a theater full of diamond-buying men & women who have never given this a first thought.

  2. Slapdash,

    True, the message is probably best coming from the actor’s draw in a movie. I usually love DiCaprio’s stuff lately, but I wasn’t much interested in his role. Hounsou was fabulous however.

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