Actor Michael J. Fox, whom pop culture will forever remember as Marty McFly, has done wonders shining a spotlight on Parkinson's Disease throughout the decades. But on the political front, his light may be a tad dimmer.
Speaking with the New York Times about a recent medical scare he endured, the trainer "back to the future" actor took over the trump administration for being skeptical about science while repeating the claim that .
"Does the current administration's apparent skepticism towards science affect your foundation's research?" The New York Times asked Fox and his first line of questioning, immediately jumping into politics before anything else.
"We have a working relationship with the government," said Fox of his foundation's work. "Trump is not sitting around thinking about Parkinson's."
The actor continued: "But one thing that is angered me when it's so bad that it's a stab to the guts, not just for me, but for people I know and work with, who try so hard to overcome other people's atavistic aversion So I thought, 'Do I say something in response?' Then I thought, 'People already know Trump is an [expletive]. ' "
Fox was referring to the time President Trump allegedly mocked NYT reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has the joint condition arthrogryposis. But as The Washington Examiner noted:
As everyone has seen by now, Trump in late 2015 referred to Kovaleski's backtracking at one of his rallies, saying, "[The report was] written by a nice guy; now, the poor guy, you got to see this guy … "
Trump then started jerking his arms around and, in a mocking tone, said, "Ah, I do not know what I said! Ah, I do not remember!"
If Trump's purpose was to mock-imitate Kovaleski, anyone watching would have never known it; Kovaleski is, if the media had not manufactured a controversy.
The media would have everyone believe Kovaleski has Parkinson's disease or at least Restless Leg Syndrome.
Anyone can search "Serge Kovaleski" on YouTube and see videos of the reporter. He does not jerk his arms around, in fact, because his mobility is limited. He's still.
A corpse would be doing more accurate imitation.
By the way, Trump has mocked bank executives, Ted Cruz and President Obama's response to questions about fighting the Islamic State and he used the exact same affect as he did for Kovaleski.
Actress Meryl Streep also made headlines in 2017 when she challenged the President of the United States to accept a reporter when accepting her lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
"[T]Here is one of the things that has been stunned me, "she said." It was that time when the person asked to sit down in the country. "
Streep received relatively no pushback from the mainstream media. Both Snopes and Politifact continues to push the notion that President Trump mocked a disabled reporter.
In the same interview, Fox opened up about some of the medical issues he currently faces with Parkinson's, which do indeed shine a light on the patient experience.
"I was having this recurring problem with my spinal cord," said Fox. "I was told it was benign but I stayed there I thought it was going to be a bad thing I was trying to get rid of it – it was getting ridiculous. and what was the spinal thing, where it was probably necessary to have surgery, and so on, and an intense amount of physical therapy. Last summer I was supposed to go to work I woke up, went to the kitchen to get a breakfast, went to sleep, and went to bed. such a blow. "