VIA| It’s become commonplace in our society for celebrities to use their influence to spread their ideas on government and politics. Such is the case in this clip from The Rosie O’Donnell show.
In this ludicrous interview, Rosie uses the platform of her interview with Tom Selleck to discuss her stance on gun control. Selleck appeared on the show to discuss his upcoming movie, The Love Letter, but instead was ambushed by Rosie and her Second Amendment viewpoints. His response? Priceless.
Tom Selleck’s grace and poise is part of what we loved about him as his iconic heartthrob character, Magnum P.I. Although the show ended long ago, his own character prevails. And that high moral character was on display when he appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell show to discuss his upcoming movie, The Love Letter.
However, the interview took a turn when Rosie began pestering Selleck about the commercial he did for the NRA. In true Selleck style, his response was gracious and measured, yet he didn’t back down to her badgering. He stood by his decisions, and he explained his feelings in a mature and respectable way. So much so that Rosie was forced to apologize for her own bad behavior in light of his impeccable behavior.
Our favorite moment from the interview is at 5:25 when Selleck questions Rosie’s logic:
Rosie: “You also have the freedom of speech, but you’re not allowed to scream ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater because it threatens the safety of other people. Assault weapons threaten the safety of other people. There’s no reason in my opinion to have them. You wanna have a hunting rifle? Great. You wanna have a handgun?”
Tom: “Do you really think the Second Amendment is in the Constitution to guarantee hunting and target shooting? Do you really think that’s what the Founding Fathers meant?”
Rosie: “I think the Second Amendment is in the Constitution so that we can have muskets when the British people come over in 1800. I don’t think it’s in the Constitution to have assault weapons in the year 2000.”
As Tom sips his coffee, Rosie asks him if she’s wrong. That’s when Selleck casually nods his head, and we all know he’s right.
Here’s what viewers of the clip are saying about this exchange.
“She invited Tom on her show and tried to discredit him. He remained very calm and logical. She only made herself look like an ass.”
“Some people just have class and some people are just trash.”
“When Rosie asked ‘Don’t the guns bear some responsibility?’, Tom should have asked her if the spoon bears the responsibility for her obesity. The gun and the spoon are only tools in the hands of men.”
“That woman O’Donnell is a fool and there is no cure for her. For example, you cannot buy an assault weapon at the gun store. A real assault weapon is a machine gun. Criminals get guns, even in Mexico and in South America.”