Roger Friedman, a citizen responsible for the blog Showbiz411, has officially removed his mask and uncovered himself as an anti-religious bigot.
How? By slapping a bullseye on the back of a successful fashion designer for mentioning she is a member of the Church of Scientology.
You have to understand, bigots can see things other people cannot. A bigot can look at a person’s skin color and tell whether or not that person can be trusted. A bigot can listen to an individual’s accent, note their facial features, their clothing and tell you if that person should be avoided. A bigot can find out what house of worship one attends and, without knowing anything else about one, can loudly and righteously lie and propagandize, asserting slurs that make one seem really bad.
Roger Friedman is a bigot. He is shocked—shocked—that a prominent, influential fashion designer can also be a Scientologist. For him, these factors simply cannot exist side by side without causing an apocalyptic disturbance in The Force. Friedman is doing his bit to bring balance back to the universe by discouraging others from buying this designer’s purses now that he knows she is a member of a minority religion.
But not only is this fashion designer a Scientologist. She is, according to Friedman, a “HARDCORE” Scientologist. And here Roger Friedman reveals his theological chops: he can tell at a glance whether you are merely a Catholic or a HARDCORE Catholic; whether you’re a Muslim or a HARDCORE Muslim; whether that chipmunk climbing that tree across the street is a chipmunk or a HARDCORE chipmunk.
Roger Friedman is a bigot. He is shocked—shocked—that a prominent, influential fashion designer can also be a Scientologist.
So now the cards are on the table, the writing is on the wall, the cat is out of the bag: Roger Friedman is not just a bigot, he is a hardcore bigot and, like all hardcore bigots, he jumps to conclusions, passes judgment without information and sees goblins where others see butterflies.
Also like all hardcore bigots, Roger Friedman believes he has license to malign, impugn and libel whoever, whenever, and for whatever. Or as New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman put it, “Does he just get to slander people with impunity?”
Apparently, the answer was yes, he did get to slander people with impunity. At least until 2009, when his employer, Fox, fired him for viewing online a bootlegged edition of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and then in his film review bragging about how easy it was to find and download the pirated version. (To make matters worse, the film’s distributor was Fox itself. Or as Bruce Simmons wrote in Screen Rant, “When you work for the bank, you should not brag that you stole their money!”)
But then why should we be surprised at Friedman’s habit of jumping out of the journalistic standards plane without a parachute? This is, after all, the same Roger Friedman who, in 2002, reviewed a movie that he had never seen.
Time has rolled on and Roger Friedman has gained years, experience, and no wisdom. Like so many bigots who have nothing intelligent to say, he proceeds to prove it again and again. Like so many bigots who have nothing better to do, he feels he can slander people with impunity. And like so many bigots who have no semblance of a moral compass, he feels that such things as decency, humanity, respect and honesty don’t apply if they prove problematic to the platform he has founded on smug, supercilious scorn.
After spending so many years mislabeling others, it’s noteworthy that Roger Friedman at long last labeled one thing right: himself—as the bigot we all knew him to be.