Tuesday, September 04, 2007

GLAAD Condemns Jerry Lewis for Anti-Gay Slur

GLAAD Condemns Jerry Lewis for Anti-Gay Slur
While actor and comedian Jerry Lewis successfully raised $63.7 million at his 42nd annual telethon benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), he also caused a bit of controversy. During the 18th hour of the MDA Telethon, a disheveled Lewis wandered about the stage trying to dodge the cameraman, in which he said, "Your family has come to see you ... you remember Bart, your oldest son ... Jesse, the illiterate f**." As a result of Lewis' remark, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Neil G. Giuliano has asked him to publicly apologize for using the slur "fag." According to a statement on GLAAD's web site, Giuliano expressed intense criticism toward the well-known comedian.
"Jerry Lewis' on-air use of this kind of anti-gay slur is simply unacceptable," said Giuliano. "It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm's way. Our nation's media have done an admirable job this year holding public figures accountable for their use of anti-gay slurs, and I hope they continue to do so with Mr. Lewis." Read more.

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