Jerry Lewis retiring from MDA teletho...

Jerry Lewis retiring from MDA telethon in September

There are 14 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 16, 2011, titled Jerry Lewis retiring from MDA telethon in September. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

After 45 years promoting treatment and a cure for children he calls "my kids," comedian Jerry Lewis announced Monday he is retiring as host of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon that has become synonymous with his name.

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“groovygirlinmn@g mail.com”

Since: Feb 10

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 17, 2011
1 billion dollars and you would think the drugs companies would have found some worthwhile by now. But no, the drug companies are the worst thieves ever........
legal drug pushers

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 17, 2011
There are a couple of seniors in the senior lounge that are so high on legal drugs that they fall asleep all the time, their spaced out.
elliot

Hillsboro, OR

#3 May 17, 2011
BOUT TIME - ARROGANT BAFFOON MILKING A GOLD MINE
c-man

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 17, 2011
Wow, you guys are harsh ! This guy helped raise a billion dollars to to find a cure for muscle diseases, and dedicated much of his life to the cause. I say kudo's.....

Since: Jan 11

Maplewood, MN

#5 May 17, 2011
What a fantastic run! Jerry Lewis is an inspiration. I hope that whoever takes over for him has the same compassion he has for this disease and finding a cure.
Metanoia

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 17, 2011
Like Jerry Lewis as a performer or as a person, or not, no one can deny that as a philanthropist and an advocate for "kids" with neuromuscular deseases, he is without equal! Mr. Lewis has left a formitable legacy and shoes that will be exceedingly difficult to fill.
bill

Lewisville, TX

#7 May 17, 2011
GroovyGirlisback wrote:
1 billion dollars and you would think the drugs companies would have found some worthwhile by now. But no, the drug companies are the worst thieves ever........
You r a ___ I hope none of your kids get this. O wait you have to have a heart to have kids in your life. You are heart less.:(:(:(:(:
Civitas

Saint Michael, MN

#8 May 17, 2011
Metanoia wrote:
Like Jerry Lewis as a performer or as a person, or not, no one can deny that as a philanthropist and an advocate for "kids" with neuromuscular deseases, he is without equal! Mr. Lewis has left a formitable legacy and shoes that will be exceedingly difficult to fill.
"Kids" are children. There are many adults with MS and they do not deserve to be treated as poor, pitiful, helpless creatures. They deserve compassion, but they also deserve dignity. Calling them one's "kids" is not dignity.
Civitas

Saint Michael, MN

#9 May 17, 2011
Metanoia wrote:
Like Jerry Lewis as a performer or as a person, or not, no one can deny that as a philanthropist and an advocate for "kids" with neuromuscular deseases, he is without equal! Mr. Lewis has left a formitable legacy and shoes that will be exceedingly difficult to fill.
An advocate for people with neuromuscular diseases would not be promoting them as helpless, pitiful creatures. The real advocate would afford them comapssion, but would also treat them with dignity. Calling them his "kids"--even when they are adults--is not treating them with dignity.
Civitas

Saint Michael, MN

#10 May 17, 2011
Sorry for the double post. Topix hiccuped and I didn't know the first one stuck.
Dean

Cottage Grove, MN

#11 May 17, 2011
Ya did good JL, now rest a bit.
Whatever

Duluth, MN

#12 May 17, 2011
Civitas wrote:
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"Kids" are children. There are many adults with MS and they do not deserve to be treated as poor, pitiful, helpless creatures. They deserve compassion, but they also deserve dignity. Calling them one's "kids" is not dignity.
The dude is 85 - everybody is a kid to him. Of all the things to complain about... it's used as a term of affection.
Civitas

Saint Michael, MN

#13 May 17, 2011
Whatever wrote:
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The dude is 85 - everybody is a kid to him. Of all the things to complain about... it's used as a term of affection.
He's been calling them his "kids" for the last 45 years, so the age excuse doesn't work.

It's all part of the theme that the disabled are helpless children who deserve our pity. Where was his "affection" when Congress was debating the Americans with Disabilities Act--the law that prohibits discrimination against the disabled? That was a law that has made a huge difference in the lives of a lot of his "kids," but he did not see the need to speak out for it.

“groovygirlinmn@g mail.com”

Since: Feb 10

Saint Paul, MN

#14 May 19, 2011
It wasn't my intention to be heartless. I think Jerry Lewis has done a wonderful thing to raise all of this money for research etc. I think it is a sham that the drug companies can't find a cure or anything to help these poor kids.

Only a heartless man would wish something like Muscular Dystrophy on another's child - shame on you.
bill wrote:
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You r a ___ I hope none of your kids get this. O wait you have to have a heart to have kids in your life. You are heart less.:(:(:(:(:

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