Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Give Jerry a break!

The news media can't seem to focus on the fact that Jerry's efforts raised over $60 million for the fight against muscular dystrophy.

No, it's all about a joke gone awry.

"Jerry Lewis dropped an anti-gay slur during the 18th hour of his annual Labour Day Telethon.

He apologized yesterday for a "bad choice of words."

The 81-year-old showman – onstage during the live telecast Monday – was goofing around and dodging his cameraman, then went into a ramble about
imaginary family members.

"Oh, your family has come to see you," he said, speaking to the camera and gesturing toward thin air.

"You remember Bart, your older son," he said, and motioning again, "Jesse, the illiterate faggot.

"No," Lewis said, stopping himself before continuing.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation called Lewis's use of the term "simply unacceptable."

"I apologize to anyone who was offended," Lewis said in a statement. "Everyone who knows me understands that I hold no prejudices in this regard. In the family atmosphere of the telethon, I forget that not everyone knows me that well."

Lewis's telethon raised $63.7 million (U.S.) for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, up $3 million from last year.

Now how many of the gay folks in an uproar have called each other fags in jest? I've heard it numerous times. I suppose it depends on the context. Jerry's a good guy, he does great work for charity, he's not a gay basher, give him a break.

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