The Trouble with Jerry Lewis

Posted on 2 February 2009. Filed under: Advocacy, Announcements | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Subject: The Trouble with Jerry

Dear members of the Facebook group “Tell Oscar — NO humanitarian award for Jerry Lewis!” —

The Oscar Awards ceremony is now just 20 days away. As it approaches, “The Trouble with Jerry” campaign is mobilizing disability community leaders, activists, and allies to protest the “humanitarian award” to Jerry Lewis.

Here’s the latest news:

*We have a newly-designed, easy-to-navigate, super-jazzy website! Go to and then tell everyone you know about it, post the link on your Facebook page, link your blog to it, etc. Remember, that’s

*We are seeking organizations to endorse The Trouble with Jerry campaign, and in particular the letter we sent to the Motion Picture Academy. Does your organization want to lend its official endorsement to the letter? If so, please message me back. You can read this letter at

*NOW is the time to start organizing an Oscar protest in your town. Contact me if you are thinking about doing this, and I’ll help you get started.

*Also, let me know as soon as possible if you’re planning to come to LA for the national Oscar protest actions on February 20, 21, and 22. We are holding a limited number of accessible hotel rooms, so let me know if you need lodging.

In solidarity,

The above letter was recently circulated to the Facebook group Tell Oscar — NO humanitarian award for Jerry Lewis!

People who have a Facebook account will want to follow the above link to join the Facebook group organizing protests against Jerry Lewis’ homophobia, sexism, and pity-drenched attitude toward people with disabilities. But if you don’t have Facebook, you can still get involved by visiting, or by sending an email to

Visit Bloggers Protesting Pity to learn why bloggers are protesting pity.


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And how much money have you raised for charity in your lifetimes? This is carrying political correctness to its Orwellian end. Mr. Lewis is allowed in this nation to hold opinions of his own as are you who ignore what good things he has done while picking away at him. He deserves the award for the specific reasons that I am sure will be mentioned and if you don’t like him, don’t watch. His style is not mine but that is not required in life unless totalitarianism is what you want. But to knock a man who has collected more money and put the spot light on several diseases just indicates to me that there is a bit of decency lacking in your efforts. Why not do something positive for a change?

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