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Date Posted: 19:00:18 05/09/02 Thu
Subject: Dan Quayle Likes Ozzy Osbourne Show
Dan Quayle Likes Ozzy Osbourne Show
Thu May 9, 7:02 PM ET
By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A decade after criticizing television's Murphy Brown, former Vice President Dan Quayle (news - web sites) has found a sitcom star whose family values he can applaud: Ozzy Osbourne.
"You have to get beyond the sort of dysfunctional aspect," Quayle said Thursday in praising the MTV show built around the profanity-filled and bizarre home life of heavy metal rocker Osbourne, his wife and two children.
Noting that the offensive words are bleeped and the show features two "loving parents," Quayle said, "I think there are some very good lessons there that are being transmitted, of not doing drugs, of not doing alcohol"
Quayle returned to television criticism as he marked the approaching anniversary of his May 19, 1992, "Murphy Brown" speech. In it, he criticized the show's title character for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another 'lifestyle choice.'"
Delivered in the wake of the Los Angeles riots, Quayle's campaign speech blamed the riots, poverty and other ills on a breakdown of social mores and tried to hold Hollywood to task for promoting loose lifestyles.
He triggered a furor, and drew ridicule from Hollywood and Democrats.
In retrospect, Quayle bemoaned the "controversy and the nonsense and the outrageous coverage" but said the speech probably did not affect his losing bid for re-election alongside the first President Bush (news - web sites). Quayle said he does not regret targeting a popular television character many saw as a feminist icon.
"I felt I was right at the time and I feel I'm right now," he said, taking some credit for renewed interest in promoting marriage and discouraging teen-age pregnancy.
He extended his disapproval to some of today's celebrities, but took a gentler approach, describing several performers as happily married, good parents in their real lives who glorify out-of-wedlock sex and unwed pregnancy in their acting roles.
He pointed to movie star and father Warren Beatty; Sarah Jessica Parker of "Sex and the City (news - Y! TV)," who is married and expecting a child; and Jennifer Aniston, who is married but plays an unmarried expectant mother on "Friends."
He noted that even "Murphy Brown" star Candice Bergen raised her own daughter with her husband of 15 years, Louis Malle, who died in 1995. Malle also had two children from previous marriages to two other actresses.
After his speech at the National Press Club, Quayle elaborated on the moral value of watching father Osbourne, known for biting the head off a bat on stage, using satanic imagery in his act and abusing drugs and alcohol:
"In a weird way, Ozzy is a great anti-drug promotion. Look at him and how fried his brains are from taking drugs all those years and everyone will say, 'I don't want to be like that.'"
What is Quayle smoking?
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