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Posted on 02/04/2003 3:55:46 PM PST by yankeedame
Charlton Heston Speaks Out On Clooney's Cruel Alzheimer's Joke
Gallant Alzheimer's victim Charlton Heston is refusing to react in anger to George Clooney's joke about is tragic medical condition.
"I don't know the man - never met him, never even spoken to him," the 78-year-old silver screen legend told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. "But I feel sorry for George Clooney - one day he may get Alzheimer's disease.
"I served my country in World War II. I survived that - I guess I can survive some bad words from this fellow."
Clooney ignited a firestorm of fury while accepting a Special Filmmaking Achievement Award from the National Board of Review in New Tork by telling the audience: "Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's."
And despite the hurt he caused, former "ER" star was unrepentant.
"I don't care," he said defiantly. "Charlton Heston is head of the National Rifle Assiciation - he deserves whatever anyone says about him."
Heston has often been the focus of controversy over his leadership of the NRA, but he was universally praised for his courage last August when he went public with the admission that he was suffering from the incurable - and fatal - disease that has also stricken former actor and President Ronald Reagan.
"I've still got a busy life going," Heston said. "I have no problem remembering things or being aware of things at all."
But if Heston was inclined to forgive Clooney's callous mockery, many others were not so forgiving.
"We've been inundated with e-mails from people across the country expressing outrage," Elizabeth Wilson, of the Alzheimer's Association, told The ENQUIRER.
"It was a totally insensitive joke at the expense of a man who had the courage to come forward, reveal that he had been disgnosed with this tragic disease - and by doing so gave hope to others that attention would be focused on it and perhaps hasten a cure
"It was particularly hurtful to the four million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer's and the 18 million more who love and care for them."
I hope George Clooney continues to self-destruct ala Alec (Who?) Baldwin. Clooney is nothing but white trash who happened to have an aunt in show business.
This statement should be thrown back in the liberals' ugly faces whenever they spout their intolerant nonsense, because it illustrates the crux and heart of liberalism: they don't care about anything except themselves and their agenda. The Clintons are the embodiment of that, as well as Clooney and the others. They are hypocritical to the core, espousing the "caring and tolerant" liberal line, all the while practicing and embodying the polar opposite.
I found Clooney's "joke" particularly hurtful and distressing as I was the caregiver for my mother in her later years and who was an Alzheimer's victim. It was the most heartbreaking thing to see the person who bore and raised and loved you for your entire life, someone who you thought when you were younger would live forvever and always be there for you, slowly and painfully taken away from you until nothing was left but their body, and eventually have that fail as well. Not being a liberal and therefore being compassionate and tolerant, I can only pray that George Clooney never has to experience what I and others have, to have a loved one taken in this way, because its the kind of thing you don't want to wish on anyone, intolerant and mean-spirited liberal or not.
You know a sick LW kook like Clooney thinks this way.
I was reminded of whats-her-face ripping up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live.
Her career plummeted afterwords. Would not be surprised if Boy George's did likewise.
The others on the list seem to be more blunt with their conservatism.
I've seen Billy F. Gibbons around town and have talked to him but never asked him about his politics or if he listens to Jon Matthews' radio show (I haven't even gotten to ask him about a car/music magazine that we both subscribe to called Gearhead). Talked about blues records, motorcycles, silk screening, and computers so far.
Real firearms are just for Hollywood, don't you know?
Asked what she thinks of present-day Hollywood liberals such as George Clooney, Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, Russell quipped, "I think they're not well."
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