O'Reilly Frets Over Outing of Wizard

Anchor concerned that Potter pushes gay-straight 'parity'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2007 7:58 PM CDT
Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, right, watches as Professor Dumbledore, played by Richard Harris, feeds Fawkes the Phoenix in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Perhaps worried that JK Rowling has opened the closet too widely, Bill O'Reilly has made Albus Dumbledore's outing a frequent topic this week, bemoaning the promotion of “parity for homosexuals with heterosexuals.” Calling the Harry Potter author a “provocateur,” the Fox anchor says adults are worried about the “indoctrination of their children,” Media Matters transcripts reveal.

When a co-host rebutted that Potter books wouldn’t make readers gay, O’Reilly yielded, but maintained that Dumbledore might teach kids tolerance for homosexuals. But the outspoken anchor did see adult humor in the Potter mentor’s outing, waxing, “apparently there’s a picture of him in Key West with three guys.”