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Jerry Lewis rips on cricket on Australian TV



Jerrylewis Jerry Lewis may have recently said he doesnt want to retire, but that doesn't keep him from sticking his feet in his mouth over and over again. The 82-year-old dinosaur repeated his homophobic faux pas from last year's telethon by repeating the same anti-gay slur in an interview on Australian TV, the AP reports.

A Network Ten reporter asked Lewis what he thought of the sport of cricket, which is a pretty big deal there, we've heard.

"Oh, cricket? It's a f-- game," Lewis oh-so-tactfully offered. "What are you, nuts?"

Network Ten aired the comment on its Friday evening news bulleting with footage of Jerry holding an imaginary cricket bat with an "effeminate gesture," as described by the AP. We're imagining Mr. Roper from Three's Company (look it up on YouTube, kids).

You'll recall Lewis said a similar word during his annual Labor Day telethon, for which he apologized. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has asked him to apologize again. This time they should demand a little blood.

"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," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said.

You've got to hand it to Jerry for his chutzpah, though -- he ripped on a national sport and took his chances with packs of bloodthrsty Aussies. He may not want to comment, but if he makes it off the continent alive he should be happy.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:07am]


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