July 3, 2006, - 11:57 am

Get Well Soon, Roger Ebert

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.

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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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7 Responses

Debbie,
You’re all class, and I admire you for your constant scrupulous standards that far-too-many will never attain. I wonder if Ebert would have done the same for you.

Yiddish Steel on July 3, 2006 at 4:54 pm

Hope he does get better so you and he could go at it again Deb

KOAJaps on July 3, 2006 at 6:41 pm

Debbie’s expressed concern for Ebert was the right thing to do, even though he is obviously a morally-challenged and spiritually-ill man who supports vicious lunatics who hate Israel and the Jews. If Ebert supports Jew-haters, then it isn’t much of a stretch to say that he too, probably hates the Jews and Israel–and God. (One cannot love God and hate the Jews.) Ebert should have read Genesis 12:2-3, where God says He will, “Bless those who bless (the Jews) and curse those who curse (the Jews).”
One wonders if Ebert’s current physical illness actually stems from the dark state of his spiritual condition; I have long suspected the two are tied together.
But good for Debbie in showing concern for him in his hour of trial. Jesus said to ‘pray for your enemies,’ even when they hate you and speak lies against you, because in so doing, “You heap hot coals upon their head.” What masterful reverse-psychology that is! Our natural reaction or impulse to those who hate us, is to return the hatred. But if you want to overcome the base, ugly, depraved, human reactions that most of us struggle against, try loving your enemies and praying good things for them instead. It really works and the residual effects are often mind-blowing.

joemccarthy on July 3, 2006 at 9:12 pm

joe;if only it was that simple

danny on July 3, 2006 at 10:14 pm

“Jesus said to ‘pray for your enemies,’ even when they hate you and speak lies against you, because in so doing, “You heap hot coals upon their head.” What masterful reverse-psychology that is!”
I doubt that Jesus was in the business of ‘faking-out’ his opponents.

Thee_Bruno on July 3, 2006 at 11:22 pm

It’s not ‘faking out’ one’s oppenents, but rather overcoming their darkness with light. I called it ‘reverse-psychology’ when I should have named it ‘reverse-human-nature.’
When people hurl unkind remarks against you or act against you in hostile ways, they expect you to respond in an equally uncivilized way. A debased man wants to drag others into the ring of vomit he stands in, but why allow him that power?
Better to do goods deeds and pray for your enemy, because in doing so, you have placed yourself on the side of heaven, and then God will gladly fight your battles for you and deal with your enemies in His ways because you have submitted to His will.
The Lord knows that most men refuse to submit to His intended will for us, so when a man or woman is following God’s will, it ‘frees’ God to act on our behalf.
And if He be for us, who can be against us?

joemccarthy on July 4, 2006 at 4:20 am

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