Monday, April 22, 2024

Jerry Lewis Screwed Again by MDA: They’re Using His Old Clips With A List Stars to Promote Themselves


Get this: the creeps at MDA– Muscular Dystrophy Association– have found a new way to exploit Jerry Lewis. They’re currently holding a vote on their website for most popular performance ever on the Labor Day Telethon. It’s called “Vote for Your Favorite MDA Telethon Moments.”

Many of the clips are of Jerry himself. Those that aren’t are of A list celebrities who only did the show because of Jerry– like fellow Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.

Only one problem: MDA famously kicked Jerry to the curb in 2010 after 50 years of dedicated service. They killed off the Labor Day telethon, too. Now it’s just a sad little prerecorded show on the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend on ABC. No one watches it, and no one cares.

MDA has gone to great lengths to scrub Lewis from its history. Without him, their fundraising has slowly diminished. Indeed, MDA customarily lies about how much money is taken in via their new show, including pre-arranged corporate donation.

At this point, I doubt Jerry cares. But it’s pretty tacky of MDA to promote all his clips– and just his clips. There’s nothing to vote on since he left save for one clip with from 2012. Sad.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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