You just knew that Michael J. Fox wouldn't pull an Alex P. Keaton, and would instead fire back against conservative host Rush Limbaugh's recent accusations. Calling out a guy for being a Dem is one thing. Saying that he's purposely not taking his meds so he'll gyrate and thus generate sympathy and support for stem-cell research? That's harsh, and Fox responded on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric:
The irony of it is, I was too medicated ...The thing about being symptomatic is it's not comfortable. Nobody wants to be symptomatic. It's like you want to hit yourself with a hammer, you know, you want at all times to be as comfortable as you can be. And at this point now, if I didn't take medication I wouldn't be able to speak. I'd have a mask face and I wouldn't be able to speak and I'd lock up and freeze and not be able to move. So there's no time I'm not medicated...It's the kind of stuff that people with Parkinson's live with everyday.
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Wait, why does that sound familiar? Oh:
"When people in Michael J. Fox's position go off their meds, they're pretty immobile. So they have to choose: either they can't move or function, or they take these medications in order to function, and deal with the dyskinesia."
Yeah, that's what Kathleen Crist, director of Social Services at the Houston Area Parkinson Society told us yesterday in response to Mr. Limbaugh's comments. Limbaugh has apologized, and folks on this very blog have rushed to his defense, saying he was taken out of context. But the fact of the matter is that Fox was shaking so much during his interview with Couric, which you can view here, that he actually dislodged his microphone.
But hey, let's not get too hasty with this stem cell thing. Mike was probably just nervous. -- Steven Devadanam