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poverlay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-06-07 01:39 AM
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15. Wow, talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth. Really a very lacking collection of
anecdotes that in no way make a clear connection to Jerry Lewis' supposed "bigotry" and lack of "respect for the rights, autonomy, and full humanity of people with disabilities". Merriam Webster defines bigotry as: "A person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance."
What Jerry has done is in fact exactly the opposite of "hatred and intolerance". What he has done for MDA in the last 40 years is not the way any sane person goes about his own aggrandizement. Your arguments and those of the authors cited above fall shamefully short of proving Jerry Lewis is a bigot.

Pity is a natural human reaction. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it an evil attribute or motivation. Nor does it deny the "full humanity of people with disabilities". It certainly doesn't prove that Mr. Lewis has no respect for people he has oddly enough spent 40+ years trying to help. Really, what sort of psychopath would work so hard on behalf of people he doesn't respect?
Lewis' work has put the cause of m.d. and other related syndromes decades ahead of where they would otherwise be. He has touched so many lives positively that the bitterness forwarded by you and those few like you is only a small (sad) drop of spit at the ocean of love, selflessness, caring, education and hope that Jerry has helped create to battle this horrible disease. Like I said before: Think whatever makes you happy. I'll do the same. In the meantime, I'm going to need far, far more than you have heretofore provided to convince me that Jerry Lewis is bigoted towards the disabled...
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