Just over a year since Jerry Lewis last got into trouble for airing his uniquely fruity views on homosexuals during a live telethon, he’s done it again. This time, Jerry Lewis managed to offend all the gays in the world while in Australia, where he told a reporter that cricket is “a fag game.”
Obviously that’s a completely outrageous thing to say, and it’s obvious why so many people have reacted to Jerry Lewis’ comment with horror. By calling cricket a fag game, Jerry Lewis has displayed not only a casual intolerance of homosexuals but also a huge lack of education – cricket isn’t a fag game at all. It’s a crap game that only turds enjoy. Again, cricket is a crap game that only turds enjoy.
As the star and director of an unreleased movie about a German clown who lures Jewish children to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps, Jerry Lewis probably isn’t anyone’s go-to man when it comes to matters of taste. But even by his own standards, Jerry Lewis is having a rough couple of years.
It all started when, midway through the annual Jerry Lewis telethon, Lewis decided to refer to someone called Jesse The Illiterate Faggot, drawing the ire of the two or three people who actually happened to be watching it live. Jerry Lewis immediately issued an apology for the outburst and everything quickly went back to normal.
Except now he’s gone and done it again. In Australia, where he’s touring a show that we assume is called An Evening Of Faded Nostalgia And Uncomfortable Bitterness With Jerry Lewis, Lewis has kicked up a storm by blurting out a choice anti-gay slur about cricket. AP reports:
Following a news conference in Sydney Friday, Lewis, 82, was asked by a Network Ten national TV reporter for his opinion on the Australian nation sport of cricket. “Oh, cricket? It’s a f– game. What are you, nuts?” Lewis replied. The network broadcast the comment in full on its Friday evening news bulletin along with footage of Lewis handling an imaginary cricket bat with an effeminate gesture.
Inevitably, Jerry Lewis’ comments have been met with a wave of appalled responses all demanding an apology. True, most of them are from gay people offended to be associated with a sport as lumpen and dreary as cricket, but that’s beside the point.
Whether Jerry Lewis does issue an apology for this slur or not remains to be seen. Our gut feeling is that he won’t, since lobbing such an obviously offensive comment around seems to have been the best advert that his show will ever get.
In fact, if Jerry Lewis was smart, he’d adapt this tactic of offending the locals in every single new country he takes the show to. Maybe in Britain he could say that the Queen smells of penis, or in France that boules is only ever played by paedophiles.
One thing’s for sure, though, he’ll need to get in some serious training if he ever wants to tour Japan – we hear it’s deceptively hard to make your eyes go squinty while screaming “ME SO SOLLY!” without literally dying of shame these days.