Wednesday, March 7, 2012

So Disappointed In Patricia Heaton…

Everybody might still love Raymond, but Patricia Heaton isn’t coming across so lovable these days. Patricia Heaton, a long time conservative, decided to go on a tweeting rant agreeing with Rush Limbaugh’s comments concerning Sandra Fluke and then making a few of her own. She has since deleted the comments and apologized when fans took to a rant of their own and tweeted her back. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know where I stand on this issue already. I think all women should be able to get birth control from their insurance providers and no one should determine whether a doctor’s prescription for treatment is moral, before filling that prescription. Birth control is used to treat many medical conditions that women suffer from and in addition, prevents pregnancy. Preventing pregnancy is the responsible thing to do if the alternatives are abortion, bringing a child into the world that one cannot afford to provide for, having a child and becoming dependent on society to finance its needs etc. 

I am surprised that Sandra Fluke, who is speaking out in behalf of women’s health issues, is being so harshly condemned. The criticism against Sandra Fluke has become a very personal attack. What she says is intelligent and valid. I find it impossible to see the viewpoint of her opponents. Some are saying that the birth control is being paid for by taxpayer dollars from the government. That is not my understanding. President Obama wants insurance companies to provide free birth control to all women. My understanding is that religious institutions and their insurance companies will decide if they will cover certain prescribed medication, such as birth control, based on whether or not it is moral. That is outrageous. All women should be able to fill their prescriptions without being judged and often the prescription for birth control has nothing to do with being promiscuous or the government footing the bill for sex. Attacking Sandra Fluke’s moral character, because she is speaking on behalf of the 99% of women who have used birth control at one time or another in their lives, is beyond wrong. Here is what Patricia Heaton had to tweet to Sandra Fluke:

"Hey G-Town Gal: Plz let us also pay for your Starbucks, movie theater tickets and your favorite hot wings combo deal at KFC! Anything else?"

"Hey G-Town Gal: If your parents have to pay for your birth control, maybe they should get a say in who you sleep with!" Instant birth control!"

"If every Tweaton sent Georgetown Gal one condom, her parents would have to cancel basic cable, & she would never reproduce -- sound good?"

"Hey GTown Gal: How about only having sex on Wednesday? (Hump day!)."

"Hey G-Town Gal: turn your underwear inside out! Then u only have to do laundry every 2 weeks—saves on detergent & trips to Laundromat!"

 "G-Gal: you’ve given yer folks great gift for Mother’s/Father’s Day! Got up in front of whole world & said I’m having tons of sex- pay 4 it!"

And then she had some insight: “Tweatons...I crossed the line w/@SandraFluke. Don't agree w/her views, but I was not showing Christ's love.”

Gee ya think? I think this is appalling. Now Heaton is also apologizing, not because she is sorry, but because she has to do damage control. She doesn’t want advertisers pulling out of her television show, “The Middle.” No. Neither she nor Rush Limbaugh want their shows pulled off the air, so they are backing down from their comments. Will it work? I know I don’t accept insincere apologizes. Anyway, I hope that Patricia Heaton’s daughter, if she has one, doesn’t one day need birth control for severe menstrual cramps, heavy bleeding or irregular cycles, severe acne, unwanted excessive facial hair, ovarian cysts, mood swings or migraines related to PMS and other health issues. Maybe Patricia can afford to provided birth control for her, but would she want her daughter so harshly judged? She may find herself singing a different tune. 

Now can we get back to discussing the economy, gas prices and creating jobs? 


  1. I love Patricia Heaton. Loved her before her stupid Twitter rant. Love her even more now.

    The fact that people such as yourself continue to keep this stupid story in the news proves that you're unaware that you've been played. This isn't about some ditz being called a slut by a radio talk-show host. This is about the Obama administration taking a swipe at ALL OF OUR First Amendment rights - to prohibit a free people from exercising their religion as they see fit. The fact that so many of you on the left are so in love with Obama and therefore, fail to recognize this issue, will come back to bite you one day...soon.

    What if they want to shut down your blog? Will you bitch then? Why are you not standing for the rights of others? The rights of others, that are guaranteed by our Constitution, not the faux rights desired by some political activist who is obviously incapable of providing for herself (even though she's going to a $50,000/yr university - oh, the horror).

  2. That's your opinion Shelly and you are entitled to it. I think my opinion is valid. Sandra was speaking on behalf of many women, not just herself. Women's health issues. And since when does a difference of opinion require name calling and slandering someone? I still say I would rather the govt. or health insurance pay for birth control than abortions, or for young women to drop out of school for unwanted pregnancies etc etc. I'm sure Sandra can pay for her own birth control, but what about the women who can't? Married or single! Your argument makes absolutely no sense to me and I have heard it all before. Thanks for venting.

  3. I love Patricia Heaton we all make mistakes. I love Obama aswel again we all make mistakes but i think he and she are both genuinely good people. I think twitter stinks and draws people into meaningless arguments and anyone with high status and a large following should try their hardest to resist the temptation of "tweeting" their true feelings. We all have horrible thoughts every now and then and have the urge to say things we would normally be disgusted with. I do have this to say though - a lot of you are way too quick to judge and even though she has apologised you still cannot let it go. She has done a lot of good charity work in the world and is a great actress and is probably going to remain more successful than most of you haters out there. I guess this means i dnt really need to stick up 4 her.

  4. You are entitled to your opinion Anon, but I really do not believe her apology was sincere in the least. I think it was damage control for the network and her show, which she placed at risk with her unwarranted personal attack of Sandra Fluke. She doesn't know Sandra or why she may or may not be on birth control. Her remarks were way out of line and her apology too little too late.

  5. I agree that Obama is destroying our civil rights with each swipe of his pen. However for Rush to call a woman a slut and a prostitute, and basically a whore for advocating for women's right is unacceptable and wrong. And, to anonymous, Obama is a good person. Really? I got a news flash for you ~ no one gets to the position of being president by being a good person. They get there by doing the bidding of the money backers that want laws passed that benefit them.

  6. I will never bust on Patricia Heaton. Nina, you are so sad to take a subject like this and try to use It for your gain. Unlike most Actresses. Patricia has a sense of morals and we all make mistakes. But I will not bust on Patricia. Not will I attack her or anyone for their beliefs as I would not wish to be attacked for mine. You will always have a fan In me Patricia.