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.
January 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Hey everybody, Michael J. Fox got in touch with me today and we are good. Thank you for having my back.
Ugh, can I tell you just how much I hate this comment (which came directly from Taylor Swift’s Twitter page)? Because if I were an unbalanced person, something like this from someone like her about someone like him could really, really ruin my whole f-cking day. As it were, I am not an unbalanced person, and something like this, though ridiculous, about a simple shithead who has no idea who she is in comparison to a legend like Michael J. Fox, will not ruin my day. I just have one request, though—can someone please, please give Michael J. Fox a call and tell him to say this, verbatim?:
“I have no idea what this crazy Taylor Swift bitch is talking about—I don’t even have Taylor Swift’s telephone number for fear of accidentally passing it along to an seventeen-year-old boy with judgement issues.”
Moral of the story? Taylor Swift is the most annoying little shit who’s ever lived. The end.
January 21, 2013 at 10:30 am by Sarah
No. No … Just back off. I don’t keep up with it all, but Taylor Swift writes songs about everyone she goes out with, right? [I probably] wouldn’t even know who she was [if my son brought her home]. ‘Sam, You Piece of S**t.’ Oh … that was the girl you brought home.
—Michael J. Fox on telling his son “no f-cking way” if it came down to dating Taylor Swift.
Burned by Marty McFly? Does it get any worse than that? Somehow I don’t think so.
… Tuck your teeth in, Taylor. You’re starting to look silly.
January 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
Michael J. Fox has a memoir pending to be released by the name of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future and just judging by the title, I think this is going to be a pretty good read.
Fox speaks out about his disease, his diagnosis and how it’s affected his life on various levels:
Michael J. Fox says that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease was the best thing that ever happened to him.
That’s the stunning admission the beloved actor makes in his upcoming book, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future…” according to a publishing source. The book is being released by Hyperion this month.
Before being stricken with Parkinson’s in 1991, Michael says he was a “schmuck” who drank too much and cruised through life in the fast lane.
The dreaded Parkinson’s diagnosis shortly after his father’s death sent him into a downward spiral of depression, he reveals in the book.
For a while, Michael drank and took his medications at the same time, trying to mask his pain. But eventually, the boozing isolated him from his wife Tracy and their four children, leaving him feeling even more hopeless.
He drank so much, he started experiencing toxic side effects, he reveals.
After hitting rock bottom, Michael realized he wasn’t going to die soon. He says he was forced to be a better person, and credits the disease with turning his life around.
In the book, Michael, 48, points out that he’s not the eternal optimist people often believe him to be.
He views himself as a realist, saying that while life delivered him a catastrophe, the disease brought him a richer life.
Michael, you’ve come from the generation of Michael Jackson, Corey Haim, Gary Coleman and more, so, yes … I’d say you’ve turned out much better than most — and best of all? You’re still apparently a pretty wonderful guy, too.
April 9, 2010 at 9:30 am by Sarah
Michael J. Fox, and the wife who has stood by his side through all his medical drama, Tracy Pollan, arrive at the New York City Ballet Opening Night Gala on Tuesday evening.
Lookin’ good, kids!
I love MJF.