Ledger first made a name for himself in the Mel Gibson movie "The Patroit" but will probably be best known for his Oscar nominated performance as a gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain and as the Joker in the upcoming Batman movie "The Dark Knight". Heath Ledger was 28 and leaves behind a two year old daughter and a heart broken, devestated close knit family.
On January 23rd FOX News right wing, anti-gay radio host John Gibson decided to express his ignorance and hate to the nation through FOX News and mock the death of Heath Ledger just because Ledger portrayed a gay cowboy in BrokeBack Mountain.
Opening his radio show with funeral music, Fox News host John Gibson callously mocked the death of actor Heath Ledger, calling him a “weirdo” with a “serious drug problem.” Playing an audio clip of the iconic quote, “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Ledger’s gay romance movie Brokeback Mountain, Gibson disdainfully quipped, “Well, he found out how to quit you.” Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger said, “We’re dead,” followed by his own, mocking “We’re dead” before playing the clip again.
GIBSON: Maybe he had a serious position in the market.
TOM SULLIVAN: And possibly today, he looked at the window and said…
GIBSON: “Oh my God.”
SULLIVAN: His name’s not Keith Bledger, right?
GIBSON: He was depressed about yesterday’s downturn in the world stock markets. On the Democratic debate in South Carolina:
GIBSON: Apparently Heath Ledger was suicidal and his friends saw it coming. I think he watched the Clinton-Obama debate last night. I think he was an Edwards guy, cause he saw his Edwards guy was just completely irrelevant.
In reality, New York City Police spokesman Paul J. Browne told the New York Times that there was “no obvious indication of suicide.”
Gibson gave a robotic like apology along with a smirk for his hate filled bias comments the following day.
Fox News once again shows the nation it stands by ignorance and hate by staffing the likes of John Gibson. It's a sad day for the family and friends of Heath Ledger. It's also a sad day for Fox News. You lost my trust and you lost me as a viewer.
It took pure courage for Heath Ledger to play a gay character in a film industry where an actor would usually be black balled after such a role.
It took pure cowardliness for John Gibson to hide behind a microphone and mock a man after he has died and not be able to defend himself.
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