July 3, 2006, - 11:57 am
By Debbie Schlussel
As readers of this site know, I have been a critic of Roger Ebert, and have also been a target of his website (regarding my movie reviews). (He also mentioned me in his nationally syndicated movie review column.)
My criticism of Ebert stemmed from his support of Islamic terrorist Ibrahim Parlak‘s efforts to fight deportation and remain in this country. We sparred in writing (here, here, and here) and on the Howard Stern Show on this issue. I also take issue with his lefty movie reviews, especially those endorsing movies sympathetic to terrorists, like “Munich,” “The War Within,” and “The Road to Guantanamo.” I believe his praise of these movies has less to do with artistic merit than with Roger’s agreement with their messages, based on his e-mails to me.
That said, while I disagree with him sharply on many things, I was saddened to hear, yesterday, that Roger was in serious condition as a result of a recent operation related to his past salivary gland cancer. And I hope he has a full recovery. Prior to his initial surgery, I e-mailed Roger to wish him well and a complete and speedy recovery. He responded with continuing statements in support of his buddy Parlak, and I responded in kind. I’ve sent him some of my movie reviews, some of the points of which he compared to the sentiments of his late TV partner, Gene Siskel.
I wish him a complete and speedy recovery. Best wishes, Roger Ebert. Get well soon.
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