What Was the Telethon?

Jerry Lewis loses his composure in an emotional segment during the 2010 telethon, his last appearance as the program’s host.
Jerry’s Orphans interrupt a local broadcast of the MDA telethon in Chicago. Two activists in wheelchairs are on the stage, behind them tiers of volunteers working the call center. One of the hosts is on one knee talking to one of the activists, Mike Ervin. Captions read: STOP THE TELETHON NOW.

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Ph.D. Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at New York University.

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Kevin Gotkin

Kevin Gotkin

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Ph.D. Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at New York University.