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What always struck me is that many people just assumed what was offensive about that last quip was the word "cripple". Folks chalked it up to hypersensitivity to Lewis not being "politically correct" or some such nonsense. They didn't realize that "cripple" was the LEAST offensive part of that statement.
You left out the homophobic remarks he has made as well.
Your photos of this fine, upstanding humanitarian need updating. He is now the size of Jabba the Hut due to God only knows what (eating little kids in wheelchairs? Eating little kids AND their wheelchairs?) Who knows why, but he's enormous. And he's a gay-basher and he is not funny and never was, no matter what the French think.In short, he sucks.The good news is he can't live forever. He's almost 90and soon I imagine we'll be treated to an outpouring of celebrity grief for the passing of this shithead.
His weight gain is a side effect from from prednisone, which he had been taking for the chronic lung ailment, pulmonary fibrosis. I know his comments and actions are pretty ignorant but making fun of his weight and name calling based on that is rather offensive as well. IMHO
True. We cannot sink to his level.
Thanks for posting this, Bev. Your artwork is spot-on, as always.Either last year or the year before, I was in the living room while the MDA telethon was on...so I wasn't paying that much attention. Jerry Lewis gave this long, begging-for-pity type speech. (Doesn't narrow things down much, I know). From the sound of things, I thought he was talking about somebody that had died. Nope. The kid he was talking about was sitting right next to him. That was low, even for him.BTW: why is it that disabled people are "brave" when we want cures (or at least, just sit passively by while other people pity us), but when we want accommodations and access, we suddenly cost too much and are annoying?
"why is it that disabled people are "brave" when we want cures (or at least, just sit passively by while other people pity us), but when we want accommodations and access, we suddenly cost too much and are annoying?"i'm guessing it's because we admit that we are 'defective' and want to become more of an ideal person (which is normal), and have the courage of being 'half a person' and trying, but failing to be 'normal'. when people want others to come to their level, it's considered beneath them to do so, and that everyone must have 'normal' as their goal. it's part of the plan to make everyone the same, at least that's what i have come up with.
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