During last night’s Golden Globes red carpet, the E! network decided it would be cool to share some “fun facts” about various celebrities as they all arrived. Most were totally innocuous and not at all noteworthy (I don’t remember any of them), but one in particular caught everyone’s eye… and not for the reasons E! probably hoped.
E! felt that a “fun fact” to include would be Michael J. Fox‘s diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, a disorder he has battled for over 20 years now and seems to finally have found a bit of relief from, though of course it never goes away. I doubt he would consider any part of his illness “fun”, and while I’m sure they didn’t mean any harm with this, I bet you someone (or a few someones) lost a job over this bullshit. How insensitive and idiotic can you be?
Here’s the apology issued by the network:
“We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our E! Online live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”
Huh. Basically, not sorry for what we did but sorry that people called them out for it. Ugh, whatever.