Whenever Barry Manilow releases his next album, he should consider this for the title: "I say the things that make the world roll its eyes."
That's because Manilow, according to http://www.tmz.com/, has told producers of the ABC gabfest The View that he will not appear on there any more unless conservative co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck is not on there.
In a statement to TMZ, Manilow said: "I strongly disagree with [Hasselbeck's] views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her."
Grow up, Barry. So much for liberals being tolerant and open-minded. If anything, Manilow is being very childish.
I wonder what would happen if rock singer and brief Van Halen frontman Gary Cherone refused to be on The View. Cherone, an outspoken prolifer who once wrote open letters to pro-abortion Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder criticizing his support for abortion, would probably make many mad if he refused to be on The View alongside co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who supports abortion.
Some may be a little surprised by Manilow's childish demands, considering his recent campaign contribution to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. However, Paul is very outspokenly anti-war, and when you consider Manilow's other contributions to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Joe Biden (all democrats), perhaps Manilow's views aren't that surprising.
Manilow is also reportedly an atheist. Atheists pride themselves as being open-minded and free-thinkers. Manilow's demands sound extremely close-minded to me.
(Manilow photo courtesy of Reuters Mario Anzuoni)
*Title of this blog is a spoof of a Ray Stevens song, "I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow"