Friday, September 07, 2007

Lewis drops the wickedest F-word in Telethon

We read:

"Jerry Lewis dropped an anti-gay slur -- the same one that got Isaiah Washington of Grey's Anatomy in trouble -- during the 18th hour of his annual Labor Day Telethon. The 81-year-old showman, prowling about the stage during the live telecast Monday in Las Vegas, 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 toward another unseen character, 'Jesse, the illiterate fagg ... No,' Lewis said, quickly stopping himself before continuing."

Neil Giuliano, GLAAD president, called Lewis' use of the term "simply unacceptable." "It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way," Giuliano said.

In a statement Tuesday, Lewis said he was making "a joking comment to a member of my production team."


He was obviously too tired to censor his old brain from using a word that was in his younger days perfectly OK to use. Seeing he is very old he may perhaps be forgiven without having to go into rehab.

Why anybody thinks that banning contemptuous words about homosexuals stops people from having contemptuous thoughts about homosexuals I will never know. Making them an especially protected class is more likely to GENERATE contempt for them as far as I can see.