Everybody Doesn't Love Alex P. Keaton
Less than two weeks to go til the election and I can barely sit still. And neither can Michael J. Fox.
In a potent new ad, the loveable 80s and 90s sitcom star who has been suffering from Parkinson’s for years makes an impassioned plea to the voters in Missouri and Maryland to support embryonic stem cell research and vote for those candidates who have also come out in support of it. It is a gutsy ad that, unlike most ads at this time – Hello, Birth of a Nation currently playing in Tennessee?!, is not slimy, inaccurate or exploitative. He is simply providing a sobering visual cue as to the debilitating nature of his condition and asking that others allow scientists to pursue a cure. Who would have a problem with that?
Patricia Heaton, that’s who. (Well, Rush Limbaugh, too, but we’re not even going to address a blathering drug addict who mocks Fox for faking his symptoms – lay off the pipe, Rush! And the donuts too.) In an embarrassing counter response, the actress Patricia Heaton uses her “star power” to demand that Missouri voters defeat a constitutional amendment allowing embryonic stem cell research. Heaton and a host of professional athletes (because, really, why bother asking scientists to participate in this debate) conjure up a slew of horrible scenarios should the amendment pass, including, more or less, the raising of the dead who will eat the flesh of your newborn baby.
Screw you, Heaton. Frankly, the only sentiments you should be expressing in public are attempts to defend “Everybody Loves Raymond” as somehow not the least funny thing to ever be broadcast on network television. And, secondly, this argument from a woman who has had more plastic surgery than Joan Rivers and her daughter combined falls a little flat (well, flatter than Heaton’s chest before the fun bags were installed). Don’t talk to me about the sanctity of life and the human body when you’re injecting god-knows-what into yours just to make yourself viable for a few more Lifetime movie gigs.