I heard today that Ted Turner, CNN and Atlanta Braves owner, called members of his staff that had ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday "Jesus Freaks" and told them to go work for another news station. I heard this from a generally reliable source, but if Mr. Turner-Fonda really said something so incredible stupid and bigotted, I would think it would have made the news. I watched the news this weekend and read the paper and saw nothing about it (granted, it was before I heard the story so I wasn't looking for it). So, is this a new UL?
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He said it. Fox News reported the story with relish (interesting it was not reported on CNN )
quote:Originally posted by Grumpy: Ted Turner makes himself out to be smart?
In any case, the "Polish minesweeper" wisecrack was clearly a Polish joke, and not an anti-Catholic joke. If only the Catholic Overreaction League could tell the difference.
It was clearly a Polish joke? [sarcasm on] Well that makes it ok I guess. [sarcasm off]
As I remember it (and remember, Turner insults people so much that I may be confusing incidents) the "joke" was in the middle of an anti-Catholic diatrabe.
As for Jane Fonda becomeing a "Jesus Freak", I have heard the rumors, received the e-mails, but nothing I have seen or heard from her since Ted cut her loose makes me think she has any more than the residual Christianity that most Americans have.
Her religious views are her business. If she wishes to be open about them, fine, if not, fine also. I will not project wishful thinking onto a few supposed utterances. (I am an atheist Catholic myself, if you want to know)
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Funny. I have always (well, for as long as they've been around) suspected that Ted Turner was behind those "God" billboards*. IIRC, someone else on these boards also voiced this suspicion. I also read in the paper (no cite, sorry) that the individual behind the billboards is a wealthy Southern businessman. This describes Turner - he has a reputation for being something of a narcissist - although it admittedly also describes hundreds of other people.
* For those of you who haven't seen them, I am referring to a series of billboards which have sprouted up, apparently all over the U.S. These billboards have pithy little sayings on them, in white letters on a black background, like "How about coming over to my house Sunday before the big game ?" and "Don't make me come down there" and "Which part of 'Thou shalt not' don't you understand" and things like that, all signed "God". Cute and funny in a way, but I find them disturbing also.