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E! Apologizes For Golden Globes 'Fun Fact' About Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's Diagnosis

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During their broadcast of the Golden Globes this weekend, the E! Entertainment network mentioned actor Michael J. Fox's 1991 Parkinson's Disease diagnosis as a "fun fact" — because getting diagnosed with a neuro-degenerative disease that causes involuntary shaking and dementia is "fun."

Twitter users lambasted the tone-deaf graphic, and yesterday E! issued an apology:

"We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during our Eonline live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize."

During the same broadcast, E! also mentioned as a "fun fact" that actor "Robert Redford suffered from polio as a child." Crippling childhood illness — fun! No word yet on any apology for that one.

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  1. They should apologize for that shallow concept known as the "mani-cam". Really? What's next the "pedi-cam" and the "bikini wax cam"?

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 14, 2014 1:14:57 PM


  2. Why are they apologizing???? Feeling guilty, i guess. I don't understand. They didn't say anything that wasn't untrue. People are way to sensitive.

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 14, 2014 1:23:46 PM


  3. "Crippling childhood illness — fun! No word yet on any apology for that one."

    You know, it's that kind of sarcastic or editorializing snarky tone that contributes to the new nastiness in the comment section of this blog.

    Posted by: Pablo | Jan 14, 2014 1:35:22 PM


  4. And now the trolls are defending being cruel to people with horrible diseases. This place is truly a cesspool. Who needs reality TV, when you can come here to see the dregs of humanity?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Jan 14, 2014 1:35:38 PM


  5. It was a really bad mistake, but it was a MISTAKE. Does anyone really think E! meant any harm or ill will towards MJF?

    Again people - a MISTAKE. Relax and understand that people are human.

    So many people these days are so sensitive and PC about EVERYTHING that it's creating a generation of total pussiez!

    Posted by: jazzy | Jan 14, 2014 1:47:35 PM


  6. They should apologize because having polio as a child or parkinson's disease are not fun. Has nothing to do with right or wrong or sensitive or insensitive. Those conditions are not fun. Having them listed as "fun fact" trivializes the conditions on a level like saying Robert Redford used to wear a ponytail or Michael J. Fox likes to jog everyday to work off stress.

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Jan 14, 2014 1:49:54 PM


  7. Ted, know what is denying that what they said about Mr. Fox was a "fact." They are questioning whether it's appropriate to designate the diagnosis of a debilitating, chronic illness as a "fun fact." Michael J. Fox loving pugs would be a fun fact. Telling us what the "J." stands for would be a fun fact. Parkinson's? Not so much.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Jan 14, 2014 1:57:45 PM


  8. Ted, know what is denying that what they said about Mr. Fox was a "fact." They are questioning whether it's appropriate to designate the diagnosis of a debilitating, chronic illness as a "fun fact." Michael J. Fox loving pugs would be a fun fact. Telling us what the "J." stands for would be a fun fact. Parkinson's? Not so much.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Jan 14, 2014 1:57:45 PM


  9. The very simple solution would be to have some middle aged or older people who read and think work for E to check "fun facts" BEFORE the fun facts are cable cast.

    Posted by: BigGuy | Jan 14, 2014 9:19:28 PM


  10. It doesn't matter if it was a mistake, they offended people so the right thing to do is apologize for what you did and make sure that you don't do it again. I'm sick and tired of people not wanting to or thinking they don't have to apologize because their intent wasn't to offend. Well you did so what you need to do is give a sincere apology.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jan 14, 2014 9:27:30 PM


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