by Rex Wockner
The Australian Coalition for Equality called on U.S. comedian Jerry Lewis to apologize Oct. 26 for using the word “fag” at a press conference in Sydney two days earlier.
Asked his opinion of the game cricket, Lewis said: “Oh, cricket? It’s a fag game. What are you, nuts?”
He then reportedly flounced about effeminately handling an imaginary cricket bat.
“Mr. Lewis owes an apology to the gay community, to cricketers, and to comedians for debasing their trade with his cheap homophobia,” said ACE spokesman Rodney Croome.
Last year, during his annual Labor Day muscular dystrophy telethon, Lewis referred to a production crewman’s imaginary son as an “illiterate faggot.”
He later apologized, saying, “I obviously made a bad choice of words.”