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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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  -Jerry Lewis Criticized For Homophobic Remark During Telethon IanDB1  Sep-05-07 10:26 AM   #0 
  - Jerry is not homophobic. He is a great comedian who has dedicated most of his life to helping sick  poverlay   Sep-05-07 10:35 AM   #1 
  - I wouldn't want to be held resposnible for what I say after about 24 hours without sleep. n/t  IanDB1   Sep-05-07 10:40 AM   #2 
  - I tried to make that argument too.  themartyred   Sep-05-07 11:06 AM   #3 
  - Jerry Lewis is a bigot  Ayesha   Sep-05-07 11:33 AM   #4 
  - I don't know enough about his record to be willing to throw him under the bus just yet.  IanDB1   Sep-05-07 12:13 PM   #5 
  - I think you've unjustly attacked a person who has done far, far more than you  poverlay   Sep-05-07 06:42 PM   #8 
     - So if Jerry had made a crass comment about  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Sep-05-07 06:51 PM   #9 
     - If it was a joke yes. If he apologized yes. If it was not aimed to hurt yes. Some of us  poverlay   Sep-05-07 08:18 PM   #11 
        - Hmmmm.  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Sep-06-07 11:05 AM   #19 
           - Well, you've certainly offended me. Your apparent goal, or you wouldn't have called me a "fundie".  poverlay   Sep-06-07 12:19 PM   #20 
              - I didn't call you a fundie  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Sep-06-07 12:30 PM   #21 
                 - So you want me to draw a distinction that you won't? That's hilariously ironic. -n/t  poverlay   Sep-06-07 03:11 PM   #22 
     - His views on disabled people are bigoted  Ayesha   Sep-05-07 10:13 PM   #13 
        - Wow, talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth. Really a very lacking collection of  poverlay   Sep-06-07 01:39 AM   #15 
           - To me  Ayesha   Sep-06-07 05:14 AM   #17 
              - Yes you can pity someone and respect them. The premise that says otherwise is flawed. Pity  poverlay   Sep-06-07 10:34 AM   #18 
                 - self delete.  bliss_eternal   Sep-06-07 06:37 PM   #24 
  - About discrimination....  Omaha Steve   Sep-05-07 05:53 PM   #6 
  - Mmm. Right. Not Isaiah Washington either. nt  PaulHo   Sep-05-07 06:41 PM   #7 
  - I saw him say something incredibly nasty to someone once  idgiehkt   Sep-05-07 08:01 PM   #10 
  - Maybe it was his comments...  bliss_eternal   Sep-06-07 06:50 PM   #25 
     - no, it was something ruder than that  idgiehkt   Sep-06-07 09:42 PM   #26 
        - I wish I could say I'm surprised....  bliss_eternal   Sep-06-07 10:38 PM   #27 
  - If he had said "the c-word" or "the n-word"  Siyahamba   Sep-05-07 08:24 PM   #12 
     - In the case of 'the n-word', of course not. Can you give...  PaulHo   Sep-05-07 10:16 PM   #14 
        - ooh, I know I know... is it "cranky", "cooty", or "carbuncle"? No? damn Oh well I"m out. nO tEXT  poverlay   Sep-06-07 03:38 AM   #16 
        - Respectfully--no it does not...  bliss_eternal   Sep-06-07 06:35 PM   #23 

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