aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Monday, October 23, 2006
Rush on Fox: He is an actor after all
I stated when I saw the ad, I was commenting to you about it, that he was either off the medication or he was acting. He is an actor, after all… I think this is exploitative in a way that I think is unbecoming.
the chorea that Michael J Fox has in that ad comes from chronic use of dopamine agonists in the context of Parkinson’s. They’re movements from the medicine, not the disease itself. Although he might have odd movements OFF of his meds, they wouldn’t look like the ones in the ad. They’d look like the Parkinson’s-like presentation of Muhammed Ali’s Dementia Pugilistica.
In addition, those movements are hard to imitate accurately because they stem from circuits between the basal ganglia and cortex that you can’t just turn off or on. Those aren’t volitional circuits. There is little chance he was acting, and if he was, he could only accentuate slightly movementse already had. In other words, this is as tragic as it looks.
See for yourself. Here’s the Fox ad.
Which of these arguments do you think will resonate with America?
John Cole: “there are no false promises, there are no lies, there are no distortions. Michael J. Fox isn’t saying that a vote for the Democrats is a vote for a cure.”
Steve Benen: “There’s nothing exploitative about Michael J. Fox asking voters to back the candidate who offers hope, and voting against the candidate who doesn’t.”
Then there’s Hugh Hewitt, who can’t imagine why Fox would care about Stem Cell research since it won’t likely offer an instant cure. He finds the ad “crass, tasteless, exploitative and absurd.”
Pandering you can count on
One of the biggest issues in Georgia is illegal immigration. We are inundated with political ads telling us that illegals are taking our tax dollars because liberals let them and that it threatens our poor and our seniors.
So what kind of investigation does Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, WSB-TV, do? “A major loophole in Georgia’s voter registration: Non-US citizens who don’t have the right to vote, REGISTERED BY MISTAKE! Today at 5. In High Definition.”
Sounds like an ad for Mac Collins to me.