The End of the Jerry Lewis Telethon — It’s About Time: The Nation 9/2

This Labor Day, for the first time in 45 years, there won’t be a Jerry Lewis telethon on TV. It will be a great day for people with disabilities.

The problem with the Jerry Lewis Telethon was not that he tried to help people with muscular dystrophy. The problem was the way Jerry Lewis did it. . . . Jerry’s message was simple: “crippled children deserve pity.”  His critics offered an alternative: “people with disabilities deserve respect.”
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