We didn’t watch the World Series, but we did hear about the stink Rush Limbaugh caused when he accused Michael J. Fox of faking his tremors in a political ad he did, endorsing a candidate who is pro embryonic stem cell research.
YouTube – Michael J. Fox political ad
Fox News Story about Limbaugh’s accusation
Michael’s Response to Limbaugh
Limbaugh later apologized, but, IMVHO, that’s just not enough to put out the fire that he started.
Fox developed Parkinson’s at a young age, and he has a particularly aggressive form of it, as well. He’s already had surgery, and you can be sure that he’s under the care of the finest doctors available. Still, his condition continues to worsen.
For any public figure to go on record casting doubt over the reality of the severity of his condition is a disservice to all those who suffer from PD, or from any disability, for that matter. And to think he mocked Michael and imitated the way he was moving … why that’s just intolerable!
We all have our good days and bad days. Just because I’ve been walking just fine, doesn’t mean I won’t need the cane to take the very next step. That’s just the way Parkinson’s works. I’m just newly diagnosed, and this situation made me very angry. I can only begin to imagine how someone whose tremors are disabling must feel, reading about all this. I think I would be outraged.
One writer suggested that Limbaugh should make a huge donation to the Fox Foundation, if he really wants anyone to believe his apology is genuine. At least that way, he’ll do some good and, maybe, somewhat balance the harm he’s done.