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Charlton Heston Speaks Out On Clooney's Cruel Alzheimer's Joke

Posted on 02/04/2003 3:55:46 PM PST by yankeedame

Charlton Heston Speaks Out On Clooney's Cruel Alzheimer's Joke

Gallant Alzheimer's victim Charlton Heston is refusing to react in anger to George Clooney's joke about is tragic medical condition.

"I don't know the man - never met him, never even spoken to him," the 78-year-old silver screen legend told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview. "But I feel sorry for George Clooney - one day he may get Alzheimer's disease.

"I served my country in World War II. I survived that - I guess I can survive some bad words from this fellow."

Clooney ignited a firestorm of fury while accepting a Special Filmmaking Achievement Award from the National Board of Review in New Tork by telling the audience: "Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's."

And despite the hurt he caused, former "ER" star was unrepentant.

"I don't care," he said defiantly. "Charlton Heston is head of the National Rifle Assiciation - he deserves whatever anyone says about him."

Heston has often been the focus of controversy over his leadership of the NRA, but he was universally praised for his courage last August when he went public with the admission that he was suffering from the incurable - and fatal - disease that has also stricken former actor and President Ronald Reagan.

"I've still got a busy life going," Heston said. "I have no problem remembering things or being aware of things at all."

But if Heston was inclined to forgive Clooney's callous mockery, many others were not so forgiving.

"We've been inundated with e-mails from people across the country expressing outrage," Elizabeth Wilson, of the Alzheimer's Association, told The ENQUIRER.

"It was a totally insensitive joke at the expense of a man who had the courage to come forward, reveal that he had been disgnosed with this tragic disease - and by doing so gave hope to others that attention would be focused on it and perhaps hasten a cure

"It was particularly hurtful to the four million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer's and the 18 million more who love and care for them."


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: activistactors; banglist; brainscientist; charltonheston; georgeclooeny; gungrabbers; hollywoodleft; hollywoodliberals; looneyclooney; looneyleft; nra
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Please forgive any and all typos: I had to type this in as I couldn't pull it off web site.
1 posted on 02/04/2003 3:55:46 PM PST by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
Sticks and stones...
2 posted on 02/04/2003 3:57:26 PM PST by billorites
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To: yankeedame
His response is right on. 'This guy ought to learn some manners, but he doesn't matter anyway.' Perfect.
3 posted on 02/04/2003 3:58:16 PM PST by lainie
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To: yankeedame
I suspect this will haunt George C. Looney just like Rosie's attack on Tom Selleck and Alec Baldwin's (et al) threat to leave the country.

Hollywood idiots.
4 posted on 02/04/2003 3:58:40 PM PST by SerpentDove (This Space For Rent)
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To: yankeedame
Clooney's an uneducated loser. He will live to regret his remarks.
5 posted on 02/04/2003 3:59:56 PM PST by bayareablues
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To: yankeedame
Don't ya just love those compassionate lefties? They're all heart. < / sarcasm >
6 posted on 02/04/2003 3:59:59 PM PST by Ditto
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To: yankeedame
Thanks for the post.
I actually got a chance to briefly meet Charlton Heston, at the NRA convention in Reno.
The man has class and always behaves like a perfect gentleman.
As for Clooney, Mr. Heston's was right in saying, sometimes class skips a generation.
7 posted on 02/04/2003 4:00:27 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: yankeedame
Add another name to the list of actors I don't want to see in anything anymore.
8 posted on 02/04/2003 4:02:00 PM PST by Rocky
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To: lainie
A class response from Mr. Heston, which showcases Clooney's lack of character.
9 posted on 02/04/2003 4:03:12 PM PST by chiller (could be wrong, but doubt it)
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To: yankeedame
Sorry,gang, I was so worried about typing it right I forgot to list the source of this story! It is: The National Enquirer
Feb.11, 2003 issue

It's not a "headliner", but a smallish article on the bottom of page 7

10 posted on 02/04/2003 4:03:34 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it, but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: yankeedame
He's one to talk! George is likely to become as fat and ugly and psychotic as his mother. Looks like the psychosis is already setting in.
11 posted on 02/04/2003 4:03:52 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: yankeedame
I'm as angry at the media for giving Clooney a pass on his venemous insults as I am with Clooney himself.

Let's not forget the media's response to Trent Lott - and the fact that what Lott said was a intended as a private comment to Strom Thrumond, on Strom's birthday; it just happened to get picked up by microphones. Yet even after five public apologies, the media, NCAA, et.al. were neither content nor mollified.

Clooney is beneath contempt. And the hypocrisy of the mainstream media is enough to gag a maggot.
12 posted on 02/04/2003 4:04:34 PM PST by holymoly
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To: yankeedame
"Charlton Heston is head of the National Rifle Assiciation - he deserves whatever anyone says about him."

huh? what does one have to do with the other? let's word it this way, "George Clooney is an idiot - he deserves to be shot by Charlton Heston"

13 posted on 02/04/2003 4:04:45 PM PST by ZinGirl
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To: yankeedame
Looney Clooney.. when this fool gets done staring at himself in his mirror tonight and gets ready for bed he should say a prayer and hope that he achieves half as much fame during his film career as Mr. Heston. I hope everybody boycottts his films and he ends up back on ER cleaning bed pans as an orderly!
14 posted on 02/04/2003 4:06:03 PM PST by arly
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To: yankeedame
Is it me, or is the left self-destructing. They were so badly beaten in the elections that they are panicking and showing their true colors.

I think those that have been fooled into believing the looney left are are intelligent caring people are now waking up.
15 posted on 02/04/2003 4:06:37 PM PST by Hoverbug (whadda ya mean, "we don't get parachutes"!?!)
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To: yankeedame
Good job - thanks for the post.
16 posted on 02/04/2003 4:08:04 PM PST by lodwick
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To: ZinGirl
"George Clooney is an idiot - he deserves to be shot by Charlton Heston"

LOL...good one.

18 posted on 02/04/2003 4:08:36 PM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: yankeedame
Clooney is just another standard run of the mill Hollyhood.
19 posted on 02/04/2003 4:09:50 PM PST by dalebert
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To: holymoly
And the hypocrisy of the mainstream media is enough to gag a maggot.

And the beat goes on....

Of course, we all agree with you. This has been the case since the 1960's at least. Clinton's crimes, for example, were aided and abetted by a compliant media. I'm not sure I blame Clinton as much as I blame the media for not telling folks the truth about him back in 1992. They knew then; they know now. Clinton got away with it because of them. But rest assured, they are much more diligent when a Republican is President.

20 posted on 02/04/2003 4:10:53 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Go Dub Go
As I recall from watching the TV footage, Lott leaned over and said it to Strom, who was seated at the time.

And even if he said it in a prepared speech, it doesn't change the fact that his treatment is quite different from what Clooney has recieved.

"Are you living on planet earth?"

And that was unnecessary.
21 posted on 02/04/2003 4:10:54 PM PST by holymoly
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To: yankeedame
George Cooney for all his family-derived celebrity and millions is a very small man indeed.

An American patriot like Charlton Heston knows the score -- Cooney is nothing but one more cowardly un-American Hollywood suck-up.

22 posted on 02/04/2003 4:12:05 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: yankeedame
When asked about this a few weeks ago he said: "Apparently class isn't inherited in his family" (OUCH!!!) as his whoever---Aunt,Grandma,Babysitter, whatever---was Rosemary Clooney, who Charlton Heston knew personally,loved and respected.You'll take that smarmy comment to your grave georgy.
23 posted on 02/04/2003 4:12:43 PM PST by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug , Holier-Than-Thou Socialist.)
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To: LibWhacker
Rosemary was his aunt.His father is Nick Clooney, who introduces the movies on AMC.He seems affable enough.
24 posted on 02/04/2003 4:14:31 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: yankeedame
"Charlton Heston is head of the National Rifle Assiciation - he deserves whatever anyone says about him."

George Clooney is a member of the Hollyweird loon squad - he deserves whatever anyone says about him.

25 posted on 02/04/2003 4:17:08 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: bayareablues
Unlike his Mom, Captain Haircut has no class.
26 posted on 02/04/2003 4:18:23 PM PST by ffusco (sempre ragione)
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To: habs4ever
I'm sure I've seen Nick Clooney interviewed, and his views are as stupid as his son's.
27 posted on 02/04/2003 4:18:58 PM PST by lainie
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To: yankeedame
As anyone who is suffering from this awful disease or who has family afflicted with it knows, Alzheimer's is nothing to laugh about!

I and my family watched helplessly as my dad went from super-intelligent engineer to a near-vegitative state. Clooney should thank God that he has never had family go through this.

And by the way, I'm a life member of the NRA and a member of the Armed Females of America as well. If that earns me Clooney's disdain, so be it. After all, one is judged not only by his/her friends, but also by his/her enemies.

Clooney is a pig!
28 posted on 02/04/2003 4:19:25 PM PST by Ms. Annie Oakley
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To: habs4ever
Oh I remember... remember when Princess Diana was killed and left lemmings immediately pounced on "paparazzi" as the one and only true blame for her death? Clooney & Son led the way.
29 posted on 02/04/2003 4:20:11 PM PST by lainie
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To: Go Dub Go
Strom Thurmond was truly one of the most valuable fighters for American principles over the past two generations. It is to a large extent because of Thurmond, that the Republican party regained its position of strength, when it seemed doomed to be in a permanent minority position; and that it has since fought for the right sort of Federal Judiciary. But I am just using your seeming indifference to that as an excuse to post on the actual subject of this thread.

The Clooney family come from up the Ohio river from Cincinnati, in Maysville, Kentucky. I do not think that Maysville is the sort of town whose kin favor restricting the traditional American right and responsibility to have and become proficient with firearms. Clooney is a disgrace to his background--an obvious fool, taken in by the glitter of the Leftists in Hollywood. Thus he insults one of the few out there who still do have any genuine class. How pathetic!

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

30 posted on 02/04/2003 4:20:13 PM PST by Ohioan
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To: habs4ever
Thanks. Insanity runs in families. Looks like aunt and nephew were hit by it this time. Really . . . Didn't Rosemary's problems first manifest themselves in her rude potshots at her audiences?
31 posted on 02/04/2003 4:20:18 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Alas Babylon!
While you are assigning blame let's not forget the complacent American public who largely wanted to give Clinton a pass on everything. Excluding of course the small minority that hangs out here on Free Republic. I am not saying that the duplicitous media doesn't deserve the calumny we heap upon them here, but a great number of Americans were as equally duplicitous.
33 posted on 02/04/2003 4:23:10 PM PST by ImpBill
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To: onebox
Judging ones acting skills, as you so obviously point out, is quite subjective. Your view is just that ... your view. My view is that Mr. Heston is a giant of an actor when stacked up to the likes of Mr. Clooney. Even if Clooney was a real giant of a Vampire killer.
34 posted on 02/04/2003 4:27:17 PM PST by ImpBill
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To: onebox
Clooney played a womanizing, philandering dirtbag pretty well on ER.
35 posted on 02/04/2003 4:29:41 PM PST by lainie
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To: yankeedame
Charlton Heston=Class Act, George Clooney=skumbag.

Once again I have to ask the question: When the chips are really down, who would you want defending your country, Charlton Heston or George Clooney? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm???

36 posted on 02/04/2003 4:29:57 PM PST by timydnuc (FR)
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To: lainie
You can't teach manners to a pig.
37 posted on 02/04/2003 4:31:43 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave)
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To: yankeedame
"Charlton Heston is head of the National Rifle Assiciation - he deserves whatever anyone says about him."
The Perfect Idiot.
40 posted on 02/04/2003 4:41:46 PM PST by eastsider (Starring George Clooney, as himself)
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To: *bang_list
Bang
42 posted on 02/04/2003 4:51:33 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: holymoly
Superbly stated. I agree 100%. Nothing nore for me to say.
43 posted on 02/04/2003 4:55:59 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: yankeedame

44 posted on 02/04/2003 4:56:04 PM PST by Hillary's Folly
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To: yankeedame
Bless you for your effort. It is appreciated.
45 posted on 02/04/2003 4:58:06 PM PST by Bahbah (Pray for our Troops)
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To: yankeedame
So it is a small article! More people will read it than many other newspapers!
Got to go to Drudge to check up on the National Enquirer link now!
46 posted on 02/04/2003 5:01:35 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: bayareablues
I have made up my mind, Im will not watch another movie from this guy. He makes me sick . No compassion, he loves his money and fame. Hollywood makes me sick .
47 posted on 02/04/2003 5:04:45 PM PST by ruready4eternity
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To: Rocky
My list is so long, I'm mostly confined to classic movies, which I greatly enjoy anyway. Today's over-paid, over- coddled, classless, clueless, inelegant, grungy Hollyweird twits aren't worth — to borrow a great phrase — a warm bucket of spit. Technologically speaking, however, the time is fast approaching when live actors will not be necessary to create very real looking characters. Computers have already all but eliminated the need for extras, especially on long shots. Hehehehehe...computers, and those of us who despise what Hollyweird has become, will have the last laugh eventually.
48 posted on 02/04/2003 5:07:40 PM PST by Wolfstar
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To: yankeedame
George Clowny is a stupid heap of excrement. His acting career should be ended now.
49 posted on 02/04/2003 5:13:53 PM PST by rimmont
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To: Hillary's Folly
I can't believe I used to find this pig attractive...
50 posted on 02/04/2003 5:16:01 PM PST by Ms. Annie Oakley
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