In the past year he’s managed to insult both women and gays and he’s at it again.
The 82-year-old comedian made another anti-gay slur on Australian TV, much like the one he had to apologize for using during his MDA telethon a year ago.
A Network Ten reporter asked Lewis a relatively innocuous question about his opinion of cricket as a sport.
His response: “Oh, cricket? It’s a f*g game. What are you, nuts?” Lewis replied.
That answer hit the airwaves on the network’s Friday evening news along with footage of Lewis handling an imaginary cricket bat with an effeminate gesture.
See, Lewis may be hitting that age where the filter is gone. My grandfather is in the same position and we don’t let him talk about anything except baseball and the “damned doctors.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called for yet another apology:
“Last year, Mr. Lewis apologized for using an anti-gay slur on live television, and expressed his desire to raise public awareness about the impact of this kind of defamation,” GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said in a statement. “Clearly he did not take the lessons of that unfortunate episode to heart because, in an effort to be humorous, he has once again managed to offend and defame the gay community.”
“For someone so well known for helping others, Mr. Lewis shows an incredible lack of dignity and respect when he makes comments that contribute to a climate of intolerance,” Giuliano added.
Lewis is still in Australia and has performances booked there through Nov. 1. His Australian spokeswoman Julie Cavanagh said he did not intend to comment.