Thursday, October 26, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Rush Limbaugh Accuses Michael J. Fox of Faking Parkinson's Disease

Seriously, if Michael J. Fox was faking his Parkinson's disease, then why wouldn't he choose to fake a much better disease, like say... being a werewolf? After all, he's already done all the research on that one too ;)

Oh sure, people (like Rush Limbaugh) can make the claim that Michael J. Fox did not take his medication the day he filmed the political ad, but that doesn't change the fact that what people are seeing is the effects of Parkinson's disease and not an exercise in bad method acting.

Now, I'm not an expert on Parkinson's Disease, but as far as I know, medication can only suppress the symptoms, not cure the disease; and because this is a degenerative disorder, that means it requires a progressively higher dosage of medication in order to treat those symptoms as the disease continues to get worse. So perhaps it was a conscious decision by MJF to skip his medication, so that everyone could see just how debilitating his illness actually is, but that doesn't mean he's "faking". I see it more along the lines of an actor being seen without his make-up on.

As far as Rush Limbaugh's comments go, I get the impression that he probably knew the response (and the media coverage) that he was going to get, which was all the more reason for him to say what he said. Anything to get people to focus less on his personal problems and more on his professional ones, I guess ;)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy doesn't know what he's talking about. If MJF hadn't taken his medication, he wouldn't be able to move at all (parkinsons is a dibilitating disorder). What we saw on TV was the effects of taking the medication - sometimes it just works too good. I think that there should be an apology for Michael.

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