It was stunning to hear this in this news because this week had already been reading about many of Jerry’s previous offensive statements towards people with disabilities…
“Lord knows nothing’s less dignified than sitting in a wheelchair.” and “…sitting in a steel prison….” -Jerry Lewis
“My kids cannot go in the workplace. There’s nothing they can do.” -Jerry Lewis
“If you found out you had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, you might as well put a gun in your mouth.” -Jerry Lewis
“…Pity. You don’t want to be pitied because you’re a cripple in a wheelchair, stay in your house.” -Jerry Lewis
– Thanks to Kara’s World for these stunning quotes.
I don’t care how much money this guy has raised, his words are poisonous. His gay slur was horrible but what said previously about the disabled is equally bad or even worse. There has to be some better way to raise money for medical research than to let a bigoted celebrity use the disabled as objects of pity to get folks to give.
Here’s some more links discussing Jerry Lewis’s bigotry towards the disabled…
KaraSheridan.com: Protest Pity – a blogswarm that is bringing attention to this issue
The Kids are all right – “a half-hour documentary about a renegade Jerry’s Kid named Mike Ervin. A Muscular Dystrophy Association poster child in the 1960s, today Mike is an outspoken disability rights activist who challenges the MDA’s representation of people with disabilities in its Labor Day telethon through his activist group, Jerry’s Orphans.”