Jerry Lewis Calls Cricket A "Fag Game"

By: Gay.com
10.27.2008

Jerry Lewis is running his mouth in the land down under.

When the 82-year-old comedian was asked by a TV reporter what he thought of cricket—a sport beloved in Australia, where he is performing—Jerry said, "Oh, cricket? It's a fag game." To illustrate his opinion, Jerry pretended he was swinging a cricket bat with an effeminate flourish, flouncing around with a limp wrist.

As you'll recall, it was just last year that Jerry got into hot water here in the U.S. when he called a cameraman an "illiterate faggo" (he actually stopped himself before uttering the "t") during his annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

While Jerry apologized for the remark he made last year, he has no plans to say he is sorry this time, one of his reps tells The New York Times.

Funnily enough, I actually thought Jerry was gay until a friend informed me that he wasn't after last year's "illiterate faggo" incident. Am I the only one who grew up thinking this?

Anyway, I have a friend who insists that old guys like Jerry deserve a free pass when it comes to using words like "faggot" and "fag" because they just don't know any better—we all have grandparents who say things that make us shudder.

I'm not so sure I can jump on the free pass bandwagon for the elderly, especially when it comes to doling out one to Jerry. This guy is a product of Hollywood, and surely he has spent his career surrounded by gay people, so he really should have some more respect for us.

What's your take? Are you offended by Jerry calling cricket a "fag game" and flouncing about? Or is this much ado over a lame joke?

I think Jerry might have more to worry about from irate Aussie cricket fans.

(Image courtesy of Getty)

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