Jerry Lewis Kicked Off Telethon — Muscular Dystrophy Back To Being An Obscure Disease.

There is nothing more cheap and disgusting than the new guard of young execs at the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  These guys make nice salaries but they’re making a huge mistake by trying to literally change the face of a disease, which for all intents and purposes did not exist in the public consciousness until Jerry Lewis brought it into American living rooms.  

The new guys don’t like Jerry and they don’t like the brand he has stamped on his pet charity.   The way to make these morons to see the error of their ways is to not donate.   But isn’t that like taking it out on the kids?  Sure it is — but why aren’t their parents stepping up? 

The reason for Jerry’s dismissal is that the new generations of MD afflicted kids and their parents and the execs at MDA are all too young to know and appreciate what Jerry Lewis has done over 50 years.  

Last week at TCA, Jerry Lewis, being the kind of gentleman that he sometimes can be,  denied he was severing his association with the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. telethon he presides over every Labor Day weekend.

On Wednesday night, MDA execs — a bunch of ingrates who were not even born when Jerry was creating their charity for a disease nobody even heard of —  confirmed those rumors — the organization said that it was relieving the performer of his duties as national chairman and that Lewis won’t be appearing on this year’s telecast.

Here is a perfect example of the whoring political correctness of the USA.  It doesn’t matter that Jerry Lewis worked his ass off for over fifty years to try to make life better for people struggling with neuromuscular diseases — what matters is that he used the word “faggot” a few years ago and now the high paid MDA executive PUNKS want to get the old man out of the way — what a bunch of frigging ingrates! 

In a short statement announcing the telethon news, R. Rodney Howell, (scum bag) MDA chairman of the board, said that Lewis is a “world-class humanitarian and we’re forever grateful to him for his more than half century of generous service to MDA.” It said it would not replace him for the post of national chairman. < —-R. Rodney Howell is full of shit.  He probably thinks that Jerry Lewis is an old crackpot and the new streamlined kids with streamlined wheelchairs and streamlined walkers, don’t fit in with the Jerry Lewis image.   This is so disgusting and loathsome that I am almost tempted to not even blog about it.   One thing is for sure — they ain’t getting a penny from me EVER again.

The 85-year old Lewis has hosted the telethon since it began in 1966, turning a generic fund-raising event into a fixture of the entertainment calendar and raising more than $2 billion for the disease.  But that all thrown in the trash can because he said a word that means nothing.  Gay groups are offended?  What about the gay teenager in the wheelchair or the gay couple who can only adopt a kid with MD because nobody wants a defective kid — oops — I said defective kid — fire me too.

Jerry’s  involvement hasn’t been without controversy in recent years. In 2007, Lewis nearly let slip a homophobic epithet. In the last few months the question of his relationship with the telethon has grown more complicated. In May, news surfaced that Lewis would host his last telethon in 2011. Lewis denied the report. At TCA, he reportedly told journalists that “it’s none of your business” when they asked about his future association with the event.

MDA is expected to name a new host, who will join a quartet of co-hosts that includes entertainment personalities Nigel Lythgoe, Jann Carl, Alison Sweeney and Nancy O’Dell.  These are all people nobody ever heard of and the take will be next to nothing.  Of course MDA will lie and pump up the numbers to try to scum Jerry, but nobody will watch this telethon — nobody — the disease is back to being a disease that nobody cares about.

Lewis can still be seen on television in the coming months: He’ll appear in the new documentary “Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis,” which takes a look at his long career via rare footage and the testimonials of comedians such as Eddie Murphy and Alec Baldwin. The special airs on Encore this fall.

4 thoughts on “Jerry Lewis Kicked Off Telethon — Muscular Dystrophy Back To Being An Obscure Disease.”

  1. Wow gay is in these days don’t be messin with them…….sheesh ya can’t even have a sense of humor nowadays or be quirky or slip, so seeeensiiiiitive, the guys a comedian, he’s old he’s done so much….Ok we’ll move on and call it the Ingrate Pro Gay MDA telethon….in the first hours when it hasn’t raised 2 cents they’ll send a jet right over to Jerry’s hospice so he can make a special appearance and get the ball rollin.

  2. I have never been totally disgusted with the changing of the times or in this case, the changing of the guard.

    Jerry Lewis, the actor, the comedian, the director, the Broadway star, the Humanitarian – has been the voice of MDA in front of the camera and working tirelessly for the organization behind the scenes since 1966 — 45 years of working for a disease strikes at the bodies of children and adults alike.

    I agree that the executives working for MDA today know nothing of what Jerry Lewis has accomplished for MDA. They know nothing of his 45 YEARS of being involved with an organization that went from an unknown little disease to a disease for which he and his peers have earned — more than 2 billion dollars. Nobody has done this much for any crusade.

    Sadly, MDA has kicked Jerry Lewis to the curb. They IGNORED his efforts for the last 45 years. And that SUCKS — big time.

    And what of Jerry Lewis? Is he simply to suck it up and forget everything he has accomplished? We should honor Jerry (and Ed McMahon and everyone associated with MDA since 1966) not turn our backs.

    MDA could have done the gentlemanly thing by separating their association with Jerry Lewis. They could have honored him in a public forum, genuinely thanking him for his efforts and his love for Jerry’s kids, and introducing the new guard — a passing of the baton, so to speak.

    What I would like to see is all of Jerry’s Kids, past and present, converge at MDA Headquarters, asking that Jerry be reinstalled as MDA Spokesman.

    I am 62 years old and have been watching the JERRY LEWIS LABOR DAY TELETHON since 1966. I have contributed money because Jerry Lewis moved me with his caring.

    I celebrate Jerry Lewis and I genuinely appreciate everything he has done for MDA and for Show Business alike.

    My name is Edward Osler. My e-mail is EddieLee1949@aol.com

    Thank you for listening.

  3. I worked with SAMMY Davis Jr,.Donald Trump, Three Billionaires and scores of the like since 1960 ‘s. It amazes how this NEW GENERATION has no respect for those that paved the way before them. How once older or they have passed on the new generation executives just write them off, liked their life’s work of making Billions Laugh,Cry,Feel Good while raising countless Billions for Charities through World Wars, Vietnam, Iraq and more through all the bad times past generations have had to endure in the 20th Century meant nothing. What was done to Jerry Lewis is a Perfect Example of this lack or respect. MD would have NEVER RAISED BILLIONS if nit got Jerry Lewis,Ed McMann who killed themselves for decades so those unfortunate kids could have a better or even longer life . Some may say “How do they deep at night having removing a Legend from what what he built. The answer is easy THEY HAVE NO CONSCIOUS , NO RESPCT NOR DO THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT MDA and its KIDS or they would have never have removed the person that did more for MDA in one year than they will in their entire lifetime . The WORLD HAS BEEN A BETTER PLACE WITH PEOPLE LIKE JERRY LEWIS and a FAR WORSE PLACE with those who put their ego “before” sick and dying children.The fact Jerry Lewis is still with us should have been we sign he was given this gift because he has done so much for so many.

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