What did Janeane Garofalo *really* say?

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DailyPundit (dailypundit.com/archives/008267.php), CrooowBlog (tvh.blogspot.com/2003_02_23_tvh_archive.html#89848367), and The Blog from the Core (weblog.theviewfromthecore.com/001356.html) link to this story (hollywoodinvestigator.com/2002/garofalo.htm) about a decade-old interview with Janeane Garofalo:

"Our country is founded on a sham: our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.' That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, 'We're here, we're queer!' -- that's what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride."

OK, I disagree with her. But, this quote is a little off. The actual article says:

"...that's what makes my heart swell." Garofalo laughs suddenly. "Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride."

It's pretty obvious that she was being sarcastic at least about the last part; the "Garofalo laughs suddenly" part is left out of her quote.

In any case, I think I have a plan. I will become Janeane's Eugene Volokh, correcting this quote throughout the blogosphere. Janeane will eventually learn about this after the real media picks up on my crusade. Janeane will want to meet me. Funded by a grant from Richard Mellon-Scaife, I will sweep Janeane off her feet. Slowly but surely, I will imbue her with right-wing dogma. Janeane will have one epiphany after another. Soon, Janeane will disavow her anti-war stance, and her, Richard Mellon-Scaife, and America will thank me and bring lots of hits to my blog.

Comments

I heard her say that dissing the Clinton administration was "just not hip" for her and her like back when it was most needed to oppose any "Unilateral" action by our country when now it is on everyone of these disgusting inhuman digenrates to take our money and live a good life but not support our troops. I am going to hurl!!

My boss at work has the same little quirk. She does believe that patriotism is questioning your government actions. I actually agree, as far as it goes. None of us should blindly follow our leaders, and, when they are wrong, we should work within the system to correct their errors. And, when they're right, we should not only acknowledge it, but support them with all we've got. Patriotism is really helping to shepherd the country towards the good and right in all things. So sayeth Dave.

There ain't much flag burning going on at any pride parade I've ever seen, but why is it that some people considere dissent, and ONLY dissent, acceptable forms of patriotism? Why is it blind jingoism to salute a flag, but the essence of patriotism to burn it? Isn't there room for both?