I was reading the paper today, and saw a bit about how Michael J. Fox shot a campaign ad for some Senator in Missouri, and how there's an outrage going on. You see, it has to do with stem cell research. As you may or may not know, Mr. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and retired from acting in 2000 because of the debilitating disease. He established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research that same year in order to help find a cure.
The ad is airing now, and is available on Youtube. I should have expected some outrage over the stem cell research stuff, but I didn't expect Rush Limbaugh to open his yap about the content of the ad, claiming that Mr. Fox "was either off the medication or he was acting. He is an actor, after all." Rush's dumb-fuckery aside, I think now is a good time to link to the ad. Here you go.
Is it exploitative? Is it acting? Is there mudslinging political bullshit going on? I don't see anything wrong with that ad. In fact, I see something very wrong with anyone who has a problem with that ad. You know what? I noticed the peanut gallery on Youtube had some things to say about the ad. Let's see some of that.
"Now people have rationalized murder with psuedo-science and glib remarks about intelligence and attacks on religion. It does't take a genius to figure out who is behind this. Agnostic, Satanic, souless people who will not be with the righteous on the last day. I can promise you that."
"Horrible exploitation of a disabled person. You can debate about where life begins, but it DEFINITELY began WAY before the life became an embryo. Oh and I'm NOT even a christian, I'm a scientist, and an embryo is obviously is living life. it's sad we live in a society that allows sucking the brains out of babies when they are half-way out of the womb. Yet, if they just slipped another few inches, it would be a felony crime. Nothing changed about the baby. Murder is murder."
"This is such a joke and for MJF to use his disability to try and get people to feel sorry for him is a disgrace. You can even tell he probably didnt take his meds on purpose so he would shake even more! Stem cell is a joke and everyone knows it, it's just another ploy the dems are using to try and win, how sad!"
"You all are idiots. If you are for stem cell research, volunteer with your local church of Satan/planned parenthood. If you are against stem cell research then volunteer with your local church or pro-life office. Several nurses have become pro-life after witnessing the killing of babies that even had enough time to gasp for air and cry before having their heads crushed. Murder isn't fun anymore when the blood is on your hands. Cissy liberals. talk talk talk. Hope you all enjoy hell."
"Too bad it was Clinton that outlawed it. Then Bush made it legal yet the drive by media and the democrats shamelessly lie about it and talk about the evil radical right wing Christians who oppose it. I think liberalism is a brain disease and they should look for a cure for that."
"Michael J. Fox don't tell us it matters to "Americans like you" because you are NOT American...you are Canadian. We are not as stupid as you think we are Mike!"
"Geez, i used to think Michael J. Fox was cool, but it looks like hes just another liberal commie with no respect for life."
"Democrats don't want the Terrorist to win, but The Terrorist want the Democrats to win. Sad but true. They want all our heads in a basket! Sad but true!"
"Cells don't suffer? That's a convenient idea for you isn't it? No doctor denies that "an embryo", otherwise known as a baby feels the pain of abortion. Become more informed about this. It's about a lot more than embryonic stem cells. It's about growing and harvesting human beings."
"The second reason I don't support Federal funding of stem cell research is because of celebrities like these. Why should they ask me (who makes very little money) to pay for it out of MY tax dollars while they make millions of dollars--I don't see them pouring their millions into it if their so sure it works. The first reason I don't support Federal funding of stem cell research is because it isn't proven to work--probably why those celebrities don't pour their millions into it!"
Do I even need to tear those comments apart? No, I think the idiocy speaks for itself.
Here's my political message: If you feel the need to vote, don't vote for dumb-fuckery. Do your homework instead of being a knee-jerk reactionist moron.