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- "Pity? You don't want
to be pitied because you're a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in
- For many
years, disability advocates have protested the annual Muscular
Dystrophy Association Telethon because host Jerry Lewis preys
on the audience's pity and portrays people with disabilities
as tragic and helpless. This shocking comment by Lewis in May
2001 inspired protests - and protest websites - nationwide. Here
are some of the best.
Note: These protest sites were in full swing just prior to Labor
Day (when the Telethon is broadcast), 2001. We can't promise
that they'll hang around.]
Commentary's protest page
- Crip Commentator
Laura Hershey offers an awesome collection of anti-Telethon resources,
including links to local protests, an audio version of Lewis'
comments (and disability activists' responses), late-breaking
news, suggestions for protest organizers, and much more.
- D.R. Nation: 'Pityfests' a thing of the past?
- A hard hitting
article from a 1997 issue of Ragged Edge magazine.
- We typically
don't give much credence to "anonymous" websites (i.e.,
where the author or sponsor is not indicated), but we'll make
an exception for StopPity.org. This "anti-Telethon"
site includes advice on protesting the Telethon, FAQs, comment
boards, a great guide to other anti-Telethon resources on the
web, and more. Don't forget to sign the petition before you leave.
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