Friday, June 27, 2008

Kathy Lee Gifford's Anti-Pagan Remark

We join the the Pagan community in calling for a public apology from NBC and/or Kathy Lee Gifford regarding Gifford's remarks in the June 25 Today Show in which she used the term, "nasty, bad Pagans." For more info, please see the Witchvox article, "Call to Action: Public Apology from NBC", which includes a link to the video of the Gifford's remark on the show and urges email to the show at

There is also a petition at




At Friday, June 27, 2008 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Little Warrior's Mom said...

"Call to Action" link doesn't work.

At Friday, June 27, 2008 1:00:00 PM, Blogger Medusa said...

Thanks! I fixed it.

At Friday, June 27, 2008 2:02:00 PM, Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Did you listen to the video? I just did and, while it is true that Kathy Lee Gifford did say "the nasty bad pagans", I am pretty sure that she was being sarcastic and did not mean it seriously. My interpretation of what she said, based on her light-hearted tone, is that she was sarcastically mocking people who believe that pagans are "nasty" or "bad" and thus was actually expressing some sympathy for, or solidarity with, pagans. I could be mistaken but that is how what she said comes across to me. I did not detect any malice in her tone of voice. The pagans who are making a big issue about this may just end up with some cosmic egg on their face. I really think that that there are better battles to pick and that this petition will not generate good PR for the pagan community.

At Friday, June 27, 2008 2:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She issued a "blanket apology" to nobody specific,then made light of it the rest of the show.

It's under "Hoda and Kathie Lee on Coldplay" Her Blanket apology is about 2:25 into it,and they make fun of it throughout the clip,with the worst of it coming in the last 30 seconds.

At Friday, June 27, 2008 5:05:00 PM, Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Well after seeing that I would say that, more than anything else, an explanation is in order. I long ago learned that an expedient apology arising from demands for an apology is not worth the breath it is spoken with or the paper that it is written on. If Kathie Lee's "blanket apology" is her response to pagan complaints about her labeling of pagans as "nasty" or "bad" it is far from acceptable and, as is often the case, only exacerbates the problem. At this stage Kathie Lee has some explaining to do regarding not only her description of pagans "nasty" and "bad" but also her sorry excuse for an apology.


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