I don't know if she's always nuts, 'cause I don't watch her show or read her opinions. But she is nuts where the over-hyped tabloid spat between Clay Aiken and Kelly Ripa is concerned.
If you have more of a life than me and were not aware, last week Clay Aiken guest-hosted (filled in for Regis Philbin) on the Live With Regis and Kelly morning show. At one point during an interview with Dancing with the Stars winner Emmitt Smith, Aiken, who reportedly felt that he couldn't get a word/question in edgewise, reached over to Kelly Ripa and covered her mouth with his hand. He didn't hold his hand in front of her mouth. He placed his bare hand on her mouth.
Audience members laughed, and Ripa grinned but got a little salty. She told Clay that hand-on-mouth move was "a no no" because she didn't know where his hands had been.
Anyway, here's where O'Donnell comes in. On her show, The View, O'Donnell said she felt Ripa's anger over the hand-over-mouth incident was homophobic. She said she didn't think Ripa would have been upset if Aiken had been a different guy, "cute," or if Ripa didn't suspect Aiken might be gay.
Ripa responded that the only reason she got upset was that there are germs out there - Amen Kelly! - and she has kids. Stuff can be passed on from touch to touch.
For the record, folks, I don't even like relatives or close friends - straight, gay, bi, or other -touching my mouth, much less a casual acquaintance or a stranger. I don't care if they're wearing surgical gloves and we're in a sterile environment. The exception, of course, is my wife. Unless her hands are soaked in pee or poo she's welcome to touch my mouth.
When I was a kid we used to gauge "how far" you could take a joke (or intimate contact) with someone by whether or not we were "cool like that." If you were "cool like that" with someone you could probably get away with a little more of a joke or a little more intimate contact. If you were not "cool like that" you risked getting knocked the hell out by the offended party.
I think it was a low blow for O'Donnell to bring sexual orientation into the mix. So if Aiken had been a big, buff, manly man...perhaps with dirty hands, Ripa wouldn't have minded him touching her mouth? Nonsense.
The irony is Aiken hasn't come out. He hasn't declared anything publicly about his sexuality. So IF he is actually gay, O'Donnell inadvertently put a spotlight on him that might force the guy to come out before he's ready.
There are real battles of discrimination to be fought. Let's not cheapen those fights by turning a matter of bad manners and germs into a spat over sexual orientation.