Sunday, October 29, 2006
So there's this whole fiasco now with Rush Limbaugh and Michael J. Fox. Fox stumped for some Dems to draw attention to stem cell research. In the commercials, he's got some intense Parkinson's stuff going on.
Limbaugh said he was faking it. Or that he purposely didn't take his meds. And that if Fox was putting himself in the political arena, then he had to take the heat.
I have mixed feelings about it. I think Limbaugh came off sounding like a jerk, that he was rude and insensitive. But I also think that Fox could have said, "You know, I'm a little too symptomatic in those commercials. I'd like to re-film them." Because he said himself, in his acting roles, that he's had to work really hard to control his symptoms. So why not in the commercials?
Seeing Fox so ravaged by the disease is compelling. It could make a voter think twice. Maybe there was some calculation in letting the ads air "as is?"
I don't know, but it's interesting.