Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Rosie Defends Duggars' Quiver Full

Did I go to sleep and wake up in some kind of parallel universe, you might be asking? No- it's true. If you've been reading for a while, you might remember my appreciation for this Arkansas family with 16 (almost 17) kids. (Yes, seventeen- and no, none of them are adopted.)

Rosie O'Donnell, often on the exact opposite side of things as conservative Christians, took up for the Duggar family today, when The View's Joy Behar (might I suggest that Joy is not a great name for someone who is so decidedly caustic and sarcastic?) criticized the growing quiver full family for their use of environmental resources. (As a sidenote, I bet that between her home and work life, Joy Behar uses up nearly as much resources as the entire Duggar family, if not more. When you think of all the hair & makeup products + packaging that she uses up, not to mention wardrobe, food items, paper her show ideas are printed on, lighting to make her look her best, gas to get back and forth to all the tapings, award shows, etc... it'd be an interesting study for sure!) Anyway, here's the exchange:

ELISABETH HASSELBECK: They just had their 17th baby right? You know the Duggars? We've shown them on the show before, their sixteenth baby. All the kids begin with a letter J. The oldest kind of partners up with the youngest and they have this incredible system -- the woman can have 25 kids the way she does it her home.

JOY BEHAR: The woman has graffiti on her uterus.

[laughter]

HASSELBECK: I love a lot of kids. I think it’s great.

JOY BEHAR: Don't you think that, that's a little bit- how shall I put this- inconsiderate of the fact that you're using more energy, you're using up more gasoline.

HASSELBECK: No, you use one pot for 17 kids as opposed to 17 pots of water --

BEHAR: Oh one pot– Joint you mean.

O’DONNELL: Joy was saying is it irresponsible socially or ecologically to have that many children?

BEHAR: I think it is. I think that you're using more of the resources of the world. You can adopt 17, that would be morally acceptable, but to give birth to 17 children?

HASSELBECK: I think it's fantastic.

ROSIE O’DONNELL: I do too. But this is Joy who was an only child and who has an only child. So this is her world view.

[...]

BEHAR: It is very hard and very expensive to raise children.

O’DONNELL: But if they can afford it why shouldn't they?

BEHAR: Because, I told you why, they’re snorting up the oxygen.

... And on it goes... Read the full article: View's Behar: Multiple Children 'Snort Up Oxygen'.


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(Thanks to Crystal @ Biblical Womanhood for the radio link!)

As always, I'm fascinated when I read about this family. I'm not saying I'm ready for 17 children.... I'm just saying that I can't help but be intrigued, and that I'm encouraged by the way that they cherish children in such an obvious and salt-of-the-earth kind of way.

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