Update: Rosie O’Donnell spoke with CBS’s The ShowBuzz, via an email, about the photo of her daughter, 4-year-old Vivienne, that has turned into an online controversy. Rosie says the picture was taken out of context and was just her daughter playing with her siblings, saying,
Many, many people responded to it in a variety of ways… wild really. It’s fascinating to me that an image of a child dressed up as a soldier evokes so much attention,yet the real soldiers – their deaths – their wounded bodies doesn’t seem to faze most or make news.
The former cohost of The View says her children like to play pretend and frequently pick costumes from the buycostumes website for their dress-up sessions. Rosie adds,
They don’t watch TV — this is how they play. The boys had fatigues and were playing war, the girls wanted some, they run around the house with water guns shooting each other.
Originally posted on June 26th: Some say Rosie O’Donnell has taken her anti-war beliefs too far. A photo displayed on the very top of Rosie’s website and blog containing her youngest daughter, Vivienne, 4, dressed in army fatigues and wrapped in an ammo belt has resulted in many comments by upset readers and fans of the outspoken funny-woman.
Click on the extended post for the complete original post and the picture…What do you think? Did Rosie go to far to prove a point? Is this photo disturbing? Brilliant?
According to TMZ, one fan called Rosie "sick" for dressing her daughter as a child soldier. Several commentators say the image is "disturbing" and gross," one reader even begged Rosie to take the photo down. Rosie, who already expected backlash, even labeling the photo "A picture is worth a thousand posts," reportedly responded by telling commentators,
Art can’t hurt u, Art provokes.
She explained Vivi had been playing solider with her older brothers Blake and Parker when she snapped the pic. It is not staged.
Although many readers have shared their outrage at the photo, just as many, if not more, have shared their absolute amazement with the photo and the political statement that Rosie is trying to make. Some called it "brilliant," "powerful", and some found the picture both disturbing and enlightening.