This didn’t get any publicity on Oscars Sunday. But, at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, people in wheelchairs were lined up outside to protest that evening’s bestowing of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jerry Lewis because they object to the way he talks about “the cripples” during publicity for his MDA fundraising. “They even duped one of the security guards into letting someone use the rest rooms. And when the door opened, they stormed the grand lobby,” an organizer told me. “[AMPAS executive director] Bruce Davis had to come downstairs to try to appease the people, but more so to make sure that the foreign press that was already gathered there wouldn’t write about the incident.”
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