October 25, 2006

Canadian Icon and American Jerk

With foreign interests gutting many Canadian corporations, I read this morning that Celine Dion may indeed be the last Canadian icon. I small shudder went through me, that this is what the rest of the world may come to symbolize as Canada's greatest contribution to the ages.

I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm sure she's a perfectly nice woman. In every interview I've seen she is positively straining with good humour. I find her a little, well, unsettling. She has a fine voice. Truly fine. Painfully fine, at times.

But the last Canadian icon? As I was pondering that, I got to hear Rush Limbaugh open his big, fat, nasty mouth. And at last I had my answer. Limbaugh was trashing Michael J. Fox, calling him a faker for daring to go on television and let the world see what Parkinson's Disease really looks like. What a bastard. For someone who has used drugs as a crutch to come out swinging against someone who doesn't have that choice is the height of cowardice.

The Michael J. Fox clip is in support of a candidate who supports stem cell research, something desperately needed in the fight against many diseases like Parkinson's and spinal paralysis. It's important for everyone to know that there are people dealing with this tragedy every day, and the answer is not to hide them behind hospital walls and homes for the aged. Fox's young age of 45 should serve as a wake-up call to all of us that if there are viable ways to cure and control diseases that are costing us so dearly, politics should not be standing in the way.

Rush Limbaugh is vile. And sorry Celine, but Michael J. Fox is my idea of a Canadian icon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine I agree with you completely on this one. For anyone to come out and say such horrible things about a man who is only using his celebrity to help a cause is just beyond my comprehension. My sister in law suffers from the same condition and it is a terrible thing to observe. Mr Limbaugh should do some research before he opens his mouth.

October 28, 2006 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Limbaugh should just never open his mouth. period.

October 30, 2006 8:10 AM  

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