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Roseanne Barr blames Mormon church for Marie Osmond’s son’s suicide

Friday, March 5, 2010
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In a post on her blog Thursday, outspoken comedian Roseanne Barr has pulled no punches in her comments on the recent suicide of Marie Osmond’s son, Michael Bryan (a.k.a. Blosil), saying it had nothing to do with depression, and everything to do with the Mormon church’s position on homosexuality.

Writes Barr:

Marie Osmond’s poor gay son killed himself … because he had been told how wrong and how sick he was every day of his life by his church and the people in it. Calling that “depression” is a lie!

Yet the Osmonds still talk lovingly about their church, saying nothing about its extremely anti-gay Crusade. Marie also has a gay daughter! Hey, I want her and all the gay kids in the world to know that they are just fine being gay and that they deserve love and respect instead of insults and rebuke! I have gay people in my family and my circle of friends and I am kicking bigot ass and taking names!

Barr adds that she knows so many Mormon kids who were gay and committed suicide, and that she “just cannot and will not stay quiet in order to not offend bigots anymore. It is all so terribly depressing.”

In a second post on Friday, Barr added:

Dear Michael,

if I had been your mom, I would have told you that some of the greatest and smartest and most artisitic people who ever lived were gay. I would have shielded you from bigots who tore at your soul, like the ones that unfortunately were closest to you.
to all the gay mormon children out there in the world, I will be your mom!
I love you!

Bryran (who legally changed his last name from Blosil to Bryan) jumped to his death from the eighth floor of his apartment building in Los Angeles on February 26.

While the Osmond family has not publically spoken of Bryan’s sexual orientation, it has been widely speculated that he was conflicted over his sexuality. At least one tabloid has quoted “family insiders” as saying Bryan didn’t believe he could ever come out as a gay man to his religious Mormon family.

Bryan, who was 18 at the time of his death, had entered rehab for substance abuse when he was 16 and had battled depression for much of his life.

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