Not only are most people pretty unhappy with the quip in the flick Tedabout Lou Gehrig's Disease, but some of the film's fans have been tweeting and quoting it nonstop.
Maybe they just don't understand how crappy it really is.
The punchline reads:
"From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig's disease."
Not a very nice thing to say at all.
The ALS Therapy Alliance, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has issued this statement about it:
“The box office smash hit Ted, a comedy film based in Boston from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is sending the wrong message about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We want to make it clear that ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, is not a laughing matter for people and families suffering from this life-threatening illness. The punch line in the movie Ted comes at the expense of people afflicted with ALS.
“We are not condemning Seth MacFarlane. We just want to stop this alarming trend before it becomes too widespread. We work every day with a dedicated community of supporters to raise awareness and funds, aiming to wipe out ALS. We hope the filmmakers move beyond the unfortunate way Lou Gehrig's disease is used in the film and join us in finding a positive way to raise awareness and research funding to help find a cure.”
We agree that this is in bad taste. Completely.
There are kids out there with this disease, there are kids who have parents who have it -- kids that will have to go to school and hear it repeated over and over by their peers as a joke.
It's not a joke.
We're not even really sure how it made it past editing, to be honest. Seth MacFarlane is usually good about pushing boundaries to a point where it's funny, but this is not it.