Friday, June 21, 2024

Jerry Lewis’ Memory Is Being Exploited by MDA Muscular Dystrophy After They Treated Him Like Dirt


MDA Muscular Dystrophy really likes Jerry Lewis now– now that he’s dead.

All weekend long they’ve been exploiting his image and his history with MDA to raise money. They have forgotten that they ousted him in 2011 and embarrassed him after over 50 years.

Lewis invented the Labor Day Telethon and Jerry’s Kids. He spent five decades raising billions for MDA and creating media networks, and systems of local fundraising.

But after the 2010 telethon MDA ousted Jerry. He never returned to the telethon. It died a quick death. Since then MDA contributions have declined.

Jerry would never speak against MDA and now they’re taking advantage of that. MDA is using this picture of Jerry on their home page– with an Oscar on his lap– although he did not have an Oscar. They’ve also been using Twitter all weekend with his likeness and clips to raise money.

MDA is very jealous that the ALS charity became a ‘thing’ when it introduced the Ice Bucket Challenge. Frankly, someone should throw ice on MDA for exploiting Lewis!

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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