A Tale of Two (Unhinged) Rosies

What's in a name? Certain celebrities named Rose if called by any other name would still sound like insane, attention-seeking nut jobs without a shred of sense.

Oh, we all remember Rosie O'Donnell: how she mocked Chinese Americans, said 9/11 was a government conspiracy, repeatedly attacked Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View, and then filled up her unemployed hours by blogging the insanity that apparently fills her head (although she's apparently taking a break).

Meanwhile, yet another Rose has been stinking up the blogosphere: Roseanne Barr. Yes, that Roseanne: the one with the TV show, who later claimed her parents had physically and sexually abused her, while they (along with Roseanne's sister) claim she's a pathological liar. The one who married Tom Arnold -- then a relatively unknown comic -- and created a character for him on her show, got his name tattooed on her butt, and proudly dropped trou at a ball game to show it to the public. The one who screeched the National Anthem at a Padres game then grabbed her crotch and spit. Who later divorced Tom Arnold, married her bodyguard-chauffeur, had a son she refers to as a test tube baby, and got divorced again. That Roseanne.

But lest you think that that's the last we've heard of her, think again. Just like Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne has taken up blogging as a way to fill her unemployed hours, and when it comes to vile, inane stupidity she's somehow managing to make Rosie look like a rank amateur. Other things they have in common, besides apparent difficulties with grammar and punctuation: a belief that they alone can see the "truth" coupled with a near palpable hatred for anyone else who doesn't see life the way they do.

Remember, for instance, Rosie's remark that Elisabeth Hasselbeck, her co-host on The View, was "very young and very wrong." Oh, sure, Rosie came out later and apologized after being practically routed from the show, but since then she's taken to displaying pictures of Hasselbeck festooned with devil horns.

Roseanne Barr is equally quick to vilify those who don't agree with her, and it's that tendency which has brought the has been's name back to the national spotlight of late. Her targets? Well, just about anyone: those who don't support Hillary Clinton; those who "hoodwinked" Clinton into turning over her delegates; liberal columnist Maureen Dowd (though I can't say I happen to disagree with her on that one); and a trifecta of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters.

For the most part, the blogosphere has been content to ignore Roseanne for the past few years. But last week when she unleashed a steaming dose of hatred on actor Jon Voight, his daughter Angelina Jolie, and her partner Brad Pitt, it became apparent that Roseanne intends to follow in Rosie O'Donnell's vile and rambling footsteps.