(picture courtesy of Steve Marcus, Associated Press)
I read some good news today – Jerry Lewis’s annual pity party – excuse me, telethon – is only going to last 6 hours this year, not the normal 21 ½ hours. Then I read even better news – this will be Jerry’s last year for the telethon.
I wrote last year about some of the abhorrent comments made by Mr. Lewis, and about my opinions on those comments.
My opinions on this panderer of pity have not changed in the least. My children need to be accepted and included regardless of their disability. It is well past time for social change, not more money grubbing in the name of pity.
I’m all for research for cures and prevention, but I don’t believe you have to parade a bunch of ‘Jerry’s kids’ in front of the world to seek money for that research.
As Mr. Lewis shared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show on May 20, 2001, "Pity? You don't want to be pitied because you're a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!"
Sorry Jerry, we will not be staying in our houses and we don’t want your pity.