Jerry Lewis has taken flack for his MDA marathons in the past — almost entirely from disabled people who have questioned their characterization as needy and for some of Lewis’ past comments. But he found a new target when, in a groggy 18th hour of the marathon, Lewis called a boy a fag.
“Look how good he moves that camera, you son of a gun. Wherever I go, he goes,” said Lewis, 81.
“Let’s see what you do with this over here,” the comedian added. Lewis then gestured toward two other cameras on the set.
“Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son,” he said, pointing to one camera.
“Jessie, the illiterate fag,” Lewis said, pointing to the other.
Now, I’m not sure if he was pointing to an actual boy or if he was just trying to be funny. If it was the latter, reasonable people didn’t get the joke.
“Jerry Lewis’ on-air use of this kind of anti-gay slur is simply unacceptable,” GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said in a statement posted on the group’s Web site. “It also feeds a climate of hatred and intolerance that contributes to putting our community in harm’s way.”
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