Actor Will Ferrell has backed out of a movie that would have made light of President Ronald Reagan‘s battle with Alzheimer’s after the premise received condemnation.
“The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered,” Ferrell’s agenttold The New York Post. “While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
According to a report from Variety, Ferrell would have played Reaganat the beginning of his second term, when the fictional version of Reagan would develop dementia. A White House intern would then be charged with convincing the former actor that he was playing the role of the president for a film.
If Hillary had Alzheimer's, all we'd see on Fox are Family Guy jokes where she sets the house on fire and tries to gay marry herself to the piano. The new rule is that you can't make fun of Reagan anymore? That's just bullshit.
I realize people want to be sensitive to the terrible disease of Alzheimer's, but that should not begin to dictate what you can and can't satirize for a larger purpose. If there's one discussion this country should have had in the 1980s, it should have centered around whether or not Reagan was too old and whether or not his public displays of confusion should have led someone to make the difficult choice of having him resign from office.
There are far too many people who are still walking around today who should have had the moral courage to do what was best for the country and have Reagan resign or not run for re-election in 1984. Those would have been the same people who had a helluva time laughing about people who were dying of AIDS. They had no moral compass. They advanced their own agendas because they were able to take advantage of a man suffering from dementia. Any piece of art that highlights this complete and utter failure of decency and compassion should wake people up to the fact that we should never, ever go back down that road again.
Go watch Robin Williams make fun of him and then tell me he's off limits.
Yeah, by all means. Let's not revisit a scenario where a president's enablers allowed him to hold onto the nuclear codes when they knew damned full and well he was suffering from dementia. That would cut a little too close to the bone for the people responsible for failing to do their duty to their country, wouldn't it?
Satire should never apologize for being right.