Rosie O’Donnell talks Bill Cosby, LGBT progress + more on SiriusXM Insight

What better way to kick off the first week of SiriusXM Insight than with a visit from Rosie O’Donnell? The View host sat down on Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang to (candidly) discuss everything from the fight for LGBT rights to the tragic events in Paris last week. O’Donnell also discussed the allegations against Bill Cosby and Stephen Collins.

“Last week Phylicia Rashad had a comment that was actually taken out of context about the Bill Cosby situation … She wanted to discuss his legacy and not the women, and that’s okay! That’s her right,” O’Donnell said.

“As we were discussing this on The View, I brought up the Stephen Collins situation because I am currently on a show, The Fosters, which he is on as well … I brought up Stephen Collins because I too, like Phylicia Rashad, worked with a man who was accused of sexual crimes and improprieties. And afterwards one of the people there said ‘I didn’t like that your brought up Stephen Collins.’ I’m like, ‘Well, unless you want to host, there’s not a lot I can do about what domino is hit next in my brain based on my life experience.’ … There are so many parts of our society that are so corrupt and twisted and wrong, and the more light we can shine on that darkness, the better we’ll all be on the whole.”

O’Donnell has always been unapologetic about speaking her mind and taking action on matters she feels strongly about. She told Fugelson about getting married to Kelli Carpenter as soon as President Bush spoke out about Gavin Newsom authorizing gay marriages in San Francisco in 2004.

“I was sitting at home watching the TV, and President Bush came on and said there was a news conference. And I started to panic because the war had begun. I thought, ‘Oh my god, did we loose a whole platoon? What happened? Are we invading another country?’ My panic level was heightened. And he actually sat there and talked about how gay people were ruining the culture of getting married by Gavin Newsom illegally in California. I turned and looked at Kelli, and I said, ‘We’re getting on a plane, and we’re going to get married.’ And she’s like, ‘Okay,’ O’Donnell said.

“It felt as much an act of love as it was of civil disobedience.”

O’Donnell also voiced her feelings on how much progress has been made for members of the LGBT community over the years.

“The concept that kids in high school can be out, popular, safe, and expressing themselves is mind-blowing” O’Donnell said.

“I remember when the Supreme Court decision came down. I happened to have a therapy appointment that day. I walked out of the therapist and in the back parking lot were two girls in high school holding hands. I was very emotional … It shows me how far we’ve come.”

As with any television personality, O’Donnell’s opinions have received harsh criticism over the years. O’Donnell explained what values motivate her to continue to advocate for herself and for others.

“I feel in life, in every moment, you have a choice: faith or fear. That’s it. That’s what it comes down to …You’re gonna have faith, or you’re gonna have fear,” O’Donnell said.

“When there is injustice, I speak out … I wouldn’t have it any other way … It’s a privilege to be able to be at a microphone in a public venue in America at this time in our country’s history.”

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