Protesting Jerry Lewis’ Humanitarian Award

Posted on 17 January 2009. Filed under: Advocacy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will award Jerry Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the upcoming Oscar award ceremony. Please join disabled people and our allies in protesting this.

Jerry Lewis’s MDA Telethon, rather than working for equality and social inclusion of disabled people, portrays us as hopeless, pathetic, eternal children. Lewis has said, “My kids cannot go into the workplace. There’s nothing they can do.” He has said that a disabled individual is “half a person,” and [If] you don’t want to be pitied because you’re a cripple in a wheelchair, stay in your house!” His telethon reinforces the notion that cure and prevention are what disabled people need, not social change. The LBGT community has protested Lewis’s numerous anti-gay slurs–recently, he referred to cricket as “fag baseball.” Lewis has also stated that he doesn’t like women comedians because he thinks of a woman as “a producing machine that bring babies into the world.” These statements are de-humanizing; the one who uttered them should hardly be given a humanitarian award.

Please sign a petition protesting this at:Jerry Lewis Protest and please forward this email to others. It has been less than a week since we put this petition online, and it has already gathered more than 1900 signatures–including that of Princeton University bioethicist Peter Singer!

Thank you!

Anne Finger

You can also join a Facebook group devoted to protests against Jerry’s award. Also read what is being said by other Bloggers Protesting Pity. Or write a letter directly to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

I first found this email from Anne Finger at Planet of the Blind.


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2 Responses to “Protesting Jerry Lewis’ Humanitarian Award”

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If Jerry Lewis wins this award then “Humanitarian” needs to be redefined! Jerry Lewis one of the worst examples of a biggot when it comes to two minorities, people with disabilities and gays! Jerry Lewis choses to judge these two populations as “half persons” and “fags”. This is not even “human”! Jerry Lewis stated earlier there is a “handful of people” who oppose him. If we count noses of those who have already signed a petition to oppose Jerry Lewis getting this award and “handful” equals almost 2000 signatures…some handful!

It will be a VICTORY if this award is canceled; a victory for people, a minority of caring, loving people who ask for equal access…architectural, jobs, education, government and the right to live independently as they so choose. If we are to believe that “CHANGE” is what we all want in a president…then, all of us must work toward the challenes before each of us. We must rid ourselves of the judgemental people like Lewis…who spews angry and hateful statements about people and people’s choices. Maggie Dee

[…] the Facebook group … Sign the petition … read a short text about the protests that can be copy/pasted into an email message to your friends … Read what is being said by […]

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