So, sue me!


For those of you that haven’t heard, 18 hours into the MDA Labor Day Telethon, 81 year old comedian Jerry Lewis went off on a riff with one of the cameramen. During the bit, he referred to the cameraman's son as an “illiterate faggot.” It's hard to explain. And on one level it was hard to watch. Lewis started to mutter "Noooo, nooooo" almost as soon as the word "faggot" left his lips. He knew he screwed up (and he has since apologized).

The fall out was immediate and full of righteous indignance. And yeah, I get that. It's not a nice thing to say. It's hateful and hurtful and inappropriate.

And I'll tell you this "illiterate?" not a funny word. "Faggot?" not a funny word. "Illiterate Faggot?" maybe one of the funniest things I've ever heard.

So, sue me! I don't know why it's funny to me exactly. Context? The mere level of how inappropriate it was? The concept of an illiterate faggot? I just don't know. I know this much; every single time I hear or think of the phrase "illiterate faggot" I get the giggles. If I had a punk band, it would SO be called Illiterate Faggot. I'm considering designing a line of baby onesies with the phrase emblazoned on the front. I know! Sardi's! They should name a sandwich the Illiterate Faggot! It would be ham and cheese, on something feminine like a croissant. And covered in ketchup. Because only an illiterate would put ketchup on a ham and cheese sandwich. All proceeds to the MDA!


  1. Honestly, faggots are the most literate people, as a rule! If you're going to make sweeping and derogatory generalizations, shouldn't they at least be apt? ...Oh, and of course if you're on international TV, they should also not include slurs...

    I think the onesie idea is a good one.

  2. I hadn't heard of this. I didn't realize Jerry was still telethoning at his age. You should hear what I call folks when I'm tired. Well, it's not that creative. Maybe I've found a new phrase.

  3. I thought that was a record-breaking telethon?!?

    You're hilarious and right and o-so-wrong all at the same time. You're a true wonder, Miss T.N.

  4. I just remembered - I KNOW ONE!

  5. You KNOW one?! My god, I can't stop laughing.


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