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Kathy Lee Gifford's derogatory remark on The Today Show 
7th-Jul-2008 08:35 am
I just found out that on June 25th Kathy Lee Gifford, host of The Today Show, made a derogatory comment about pagans. I first found out this morning in an e-mail and then found it on a group on CafeMom. She was doing a wedding segment and asked people why the wedding ring was worn on the left hand ring finger.

Kathy Lee: Why do you wear your wedding band on your left hand ring
finger? Is it because (a) most people write with their right hand? Is
it (b), because Egyptians believed that finger follows the vein of
love to the heart, or (c), the Pagans -- the nasty, bad Pagans --
believed it was bad luck to wear metal on your right side?

OMG! A lot of pagans are writing The Today Show to demand that she publically appologize. If she had said something like this about any other religion then there would be a public outrage.

The video of Gifford's comment can be found at the link following, about 5 minutes in: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25368216#25368216

E-mails can be sent to : today@nbc.com

Also, a petition has been started http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/quotnasty-bad-pagansquot-protesting-hate-speech-on-nbc

Website: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/p/25368216#25368216

Telephone: (212) 644-4249 (press 1 and ask to speak with Jim Bell, who is the Producer of the Today Show, and complain directly to him)


7th-Jul-2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wow. When I first read this I thought "She must have been kidding," but then I watched it and was shocked by the very serious tone with which she made the comment! I mean, it's possible she thought she was being funny, but it sounded like there was a lot of underlying hatred to her statement. She's probably totally clueless as to what pagan means today; or she's just a bigoted asshole. Either way, I'm writing an e-mail.
7th-Jul-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Why are you suprized? She's a well-known born-again "mine is the ONLY way" fundamentalist.
7th-Jul-2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I can udnerstand being annoyed at her or the shows writers lack of sensitivity. BUT aren't there better things that the pagan community can be working for or towards?
Honeslty I couldn't care less what her or the Today show has to say about pagans.
So how about we show the community that we have a voice and speak out for things that REALLY matter.
Just my 2 cents.
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