Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Why did TMZ exaggerate Jerry Lewis' gay slur?
We awoke this morning to see that corporate porn-pushing gossip site TMZ.com had lifted our story on Jerry Lewis' anti-gay slur in Hour 18 of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. They didn't give us any credit, but we didn't expect them to. We did expect that Harvey and the boys would at least be honest, and get the story right, especially since they followed our link and posted the incriminating video.
Jerry, in one of his freeform comic riffs, referred to someone as "the illiterate fag."
TMZ gilded the lily by claiming that Jerry "A woozy Jerry Lewis, 81, went all Isaiah Washington on his telethon last night, calling someone -- or something -- an 'illiterate faggot.'"
As the video illustrates, Jerry never uttered the word "faggot." As part of his old school, inappropriate riff, he deliberately-- and clearly-- caught himself at "fag."
Nor did the slur escape "last night." It occurred in the telethon's hour 18 yesterday. TMZ, who further hyped the story by claiming in the headline that "Jerry Lewis Drops F-Bomb During Telethon" (note to TMZ elitists: to mainstream Americans outside the Twink Male Zone, the "F-Bomb" is "fuck"). Crack down on those weekend workers, TMZ. There are only six Harveys til the TMZ TV debut!