Let’s not allow this to shroud Janet’s left breast.

Alright, so an actor who played someone who never really existed, died.

Someone who was too busy in his own fantasy world to care about cripples until he became one, wheeled around to important places and was given a mic because he was famous.

And this bastard even learned to wiggle his finger, to Rosie and Barbra’s amazement… how? With his one-of-a-kind spirit? No. Because he could AFFORD to have beautiful women move him around in a pool every day. Because he was rich.

Every Superman movie was worse and worse. Admit it. Just ADMIT it.

There has never been a superman. You never gave the stem cells a chance. You denied him his body of steel, and then you watched him die.



45 responses to “Let’s not allow this to shroud Janet’s left breast.

  1. I know crippled kids a million times cooler than Christopher Reeve. AND they were born that way. AND they don’t care about getting ‘better’, they just want the world to STFU about the fact that they’re crippled.

    Christopher Reeve = POSEUR. XD

  2. That’s kinda unfair. Christopher Reeve has said himself many times that he’s not like others that were afflicted as he was… he had his money from movies to fall back on, unlike many others who end up having to sell their property just to stay alive. I believe he did not feel special because of the attention… he just used it to create more awareness and funds for helping others in his situation. If I were in his place, I’d do the same thing. If you can’t use celebrity to do something functional for the world, then what’s the point?

    • If you can’t use celebrity to do something functional for the world, then what’s the point?

      I totally agree.

      I disagree with the original post. I’m sorry. *hugs*

    • This man displayed a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself as Superman.

      I’m not saying that there wasn’t any good that came from this person, but I much more admire the celebrities who aren’t happenstance contributors, who donate millions without having to shout it loud enough to reach their home planet.

      • Re: This man displayed a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself as Superman.

        True, but life often deals you shit, and you have to make shit-pies out of it. Or something like that.

        Look, Christopher Reeve may not have been donating millions to spinal-chord research before his accident, but the man wasn’t a demon, either. He actually did a lot of charity work before the accident, and wasn’t much like 98% of the rest of Hollywood that just blows their money on cocaine and hookers after the latest premiere. He was a pretty decent guy all around… and one who took his persona as Clark Kent very seriously. And that’s not joke.

      • Superman was HIS persona, unlike Superman’s persona is Mr. Kent

        I’m just saying that his story isn’t all heroics, either. There are some bare bone facts that get completely shafted in this ridiculous hoopla. You could see the media and all of Hollywood tip-toeing around him, going, “oh, WOAH! HOLY SHIT!” whenever he managed to utter a sentence fragment.

        Christopher Reeve is getting wheeled in! Smiles, everybody!

        I’m not saying he was a demon. But he has already been made a saint, and I think that’s ridiculous.

      • Re: Superman was HIS persona, unlike Superman’s persona is Mr. Kent

        So are you blaming the media and hollywood, or the man? Because if you’re putting the lion’s share of the blame on the media, then I agree wholeheartedly with you. Sure Mr. Reeves had his own PR people and blah blah blah… but that’s the business. One-on-one, he was a pretty down-to-earth guy, and moderately humble for a celebrity.

        I hate to keep defending a dead man here, but I just feel like the guy did a helluva lot more good than harm while he was walking the planet. And no matter how much his image became oversaturated, if we all strive to do the same as he did, then we can all be heroes.

        ‘Nuff said.

      • Re: This man displayed a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself as Superman.

        Sometimes, you gotta shout to be heard–especially by right-wing Christians and a Republican government.

      • Oh, but don’t you know? Our Father can read our thoughts.

        You have a really good point, but I don’t think that a pampered celeb is going to move stubborn ethics. Nor do I think he was very good at talking. I’m happy for what he accomplished, but this worship service is getting annoying.

        Most of the people making “RIP Superman” banners for their journals, are Christians. They’re happy he’s dead, because as Barbra Walters assured everyone, “Where he is now, he’s standing tall.” To them, he was blessed to have a pulse, and now he’s even more blessed to be in heaven.

  3. Honestly, I’m apathetic about his death :@

    To my knowledge, everything you said was true. The circumstances of his condition and life really don’t affect me, it’s the result of his paralysis that makes me happy (ugh, i don’t mean it like that). Regardless of how and why he accomplished everything, it was done and I’m happy that the issues of stem cell research and spinal cord injury research has recieved more exposure because of him.

    I won’t treat him like a name brand saint though, it could have been any celebrity in his position that accomplished what he did.

    Then again, that’s just the opinion of a disgruntled worker who hasn’t read too much on the subject.

    And yes, the Superman movies were to be desired :/

    • Let the truth come forth.

      *high fives*

      Maybe if enough of these yuppies cry over the loss of such a hero, we can get to work on these embryos and improve some lives.
      Then again, on the skeptical side of “awareness”, I wonder how many people who will end up defending him in this post have actually made a donation to either charity, or ever will.

      • Re: Let the truth come forth.

        Would you rather he had either committed suicide, or sat on his ass and did absolutely nothing to raise awareness for his disability and stem cell research? What would you do, in that scenario? How many charities are you donating to? How many causes are you passionate enough to spearhead?

        I don’t consider myself to be a yuppie, but I did admire the man, greatly. Yes, I am defending him, and yes, I donate to charities. I don’t donate to stem cell research, though I feel it a very worthy cause, mainly because I’m so poor, I really can’t afford to be donating to the charities I’m donating to NOW. My grandfather died of cancer. I donate to the American Cancer Society. Up until the point he passed away, I didn’t. Does this make me hypocritical? A poser? Insincere? I doubt it.

        I agree there are many others who work outside the circle of spotlight who deserve just as much credit as Reeve did. Many, many others. But don’t blast the man simply because he happened to have more than most. He actually DID something with it, long before his accident, and long after. If that’s something to ridicule, I’m not sure why it should be.

      • Re: Let the truth come forth.

        Pee-Ess: Sorry for the vitriol. Normally I think your posts are dead-on. I agree with some of it–I think the media gives far too much attention to celebrities. Some of the things you wrote just struck the wrong chord w/ me, that’s all.


      • Re: Let the truth come forth.

        There will be a roller coaster ride modeled after his wheel chair, and rims for cars made to look like the wheels. “S” in the center, of course. Our hero died – the story ended – give up the struggle because there are action figures to produce.

        Etc etc etc.

        My entry was intended to level out the posts of sainthood. I didn’t want to just jokingly say, “Fuck him. He was a prick”, because I really believe there are other things to consider. (And not as many people would have picked up on that – as a joke, as an alternative to feeling miserable.)

        All of the thoughtful comments make me happy.

      • The man is some of the funniest jokes I’ve ever heard. I’m just being honest.

        Impressed that he handed over his money, yes. Impressed with his progress, no. He proved that with constant attention and millions of personal investment, the paraplegic still can’t get anywhere until our govermnent pulls a few sticks from its ass.

        If I had been in his scenario, I’d have used my power to turn the spotlight on the people with his disabilities that were really suffering, and focus on their stories. There are people getting fucked a lot harder than he ever was, who possess the true bravery to survive. It was always about how hopeful things looked – about putting makeup on the dying actor’s face – what about how terrible the reality is?

        And I heard his speeches. They sucked.

        Any money and time I’ve given to a cause (sorority, 4-H, blah blah blah), wasn’t in hopes that my ass would one day be saved. He was playing his rich little sport and took a nose-dive off his magnificient steed. Show me one interview or prime time special that wasn’t All About Feeling Sorry Cause Superman Can’t Fly Anymore And Is Going Bald.

        Feel free to turn on your TVs and cry for hours over the death of your hero, for being the iconic Superman who got a boo-boo. All I’m saying is, I don’t share in your reaction.

  4. i guess its too bad. i’m afraid i’m a little apathetic about it too. i never liked him as an actor and thought all the accolades were disingenous… to pump a guy who got hurt. there was something that didn’t quite fit about the whole show… of his invalidity. i wish he had gone straight after the anti stem cell luddites. that could have been a legacy i’d have appreciated. i know he was beating the drum… not loud enough.

  5. Yup, very true.

    I gotta admit, though, as a person with MS who might end up in a wheelchair one day, I was kinda sad when he died. No more strong voice for stem cells. Hell, I wouldn’t be able to pull it off as well as he did.

    • There are a lot of things that I want to see.

      Well, he had makeup, special lighting, and it always felt, to me, that the camera was purposely kept at a distance on the bad days. All I ever saw was the “amazing” angle.

      Mr. Kerry made a point about wanting to see the actor walk again, that really moved me (cheap heartstring that it was). I’ve been at so many odds with the election (wondering if I ought to vote for Bush as my opinion of the “better” for this country), but this helped me admit that I want to see things run differently. The actor’s story helped rekindle some of the fire for beliefs that I’ve been trying to find a way to compromise, in fear of “throwing my vote away”.

      • Re: There are a lot of things that I want to see.

        *nodnod* I always saw the “amazing” angle too.

        And I agree. I don’t know who I was going to vote for, but I was thinking about just voting for one of the two major parties just because if I vote for someone in an alternate party, I would be “throwing my vote away.” But truthfully, now, I want to vote for who I want to vote for, just in case I guess.

  6. Someone who was too busy in his own fantasy world to care about cripples until he became one, wheeled himself around to important places and was given a mic because he was famous.

    Unlike the incredibly manly Gregory Peck, who became chair of the American Cancer society even though he never had the disease. Spot on. Isn’t it odd how millions of people die every day but people get worked up over celebrities who only have one good movie role to their credit? But I digress. How’s this look on me?

  7. I don’t have a problem with Reeve himself, he got dealt a shitty hand late in life, and he had the money and the spirit to try and make the best of it. However, he’s become just another body for this country’s Celebrity Death Fetish. He wasn’t trying to make a difference, he was trying to save his own ass. That’s noble in its own way, but it doesn’t bump him to the front of the line for canonization.

    • Of course he wanted to do it for himself. ANYONE in his position would. That doesn’t mean, however, he didn’t advocate stem cell research for himself and himself alone. Of course some of it was self-serving. But I still feel his intentions were mostly altruistic, and he truly wanted to do it for the good of others, as well as himself.

    • Celebrity Death Fetish.

      Celebrity Death Fetish is a great term. And it’s so true, that our country has one. Hitler said, about controlling people, something like ‘get the people’s attentions caught up in sports and sexy gossip, so they forget what is really important; that they are being CONTROLLED.’
      Crreepy – our media is creepy. As a veteran retail worker, I’ve noticed a BIG increase in celebrity gossip rags since this year. Mostly no thanks to US crapazine.

  8. You know, I wanted to just scream “YEAH, I KNOW HE DIED! GET OVER IT!” so bad, but I guess I was waiting for someone else to be the sacrificial lamb. Thank you.

    I do agree, though.

  9. I hate when celebrities die and the media feels the need to halt the world’s rotation in order to spread the grief. Somebody who I’ve never met just died right now… and now again. It happens to good people every second of the day, but I don’t see a tribute to charity worker John Smith anywhere on my tv.

    • Heh.

      Download “No More Heroes” by the Stranglers. That’s the song I cued.

      Whatever happened to all the heroes?
      All the Shakespearoes?
      They watched their Rome burn
      Whatever happened to the heroes?

      No more heroes any more

    • WHOO-HOO!

      Hey, Kat! Watch this, watch. SHH! SHH!!! Just watch my hand. Ok, keep watching it.

      *hand resting over mouse*

      *hand still resting over mouse*

      *pointer finger budges*


  10. Yeah, the movies did get kinda odd really quick. Still, I loved them as a kid. Now that I see all the innuendos behind movies from my childhood, they’re just not at all as I remembered them.

    Yeah, as morbid as collecting stem cells may be, they need to be researched. They hold potential to heal a lot of physical and emotional wounds people have been going through. On the note of why we don’t study them, I was speaking with someone of well repute a few months ago and he shared this, which I loved, “What’s fundamentalism? Less fun. Less mental. More damn. That’s fundamentalism.”

  11. Admittedly I am sad about the man’s passing. It just seems so unfair that he died, much like Rodney Dangerfield’s sudden death.

    I do not proclaim to know the man, merely his image, but I believe the cause of stem-cell research has lost an active, powerful voice.

  12. With Kerry and Bush arguing in the background…

    Well, at least now I have a visual for all of those swing references in your posts.

    Also, having been born with mild cerebral palsy and yechnically being mildly “crippled” I can say that it was not a heartbreaking loss to see the man pass away.

    Then again, wearing a brace and walking around with a mild limp after an operation at 15 I can’t really tell you what it’s like to be “crippled.”

    It’s interesting. FDR had polio and had no use of his legs, yet this is one of the most hidden facts in american history. There are only two known photographs of him in a wheelchair. It’s a physical deformity you want to hide. My brace is knee high, so I never wear shorts with it.

    Technically, the only difference between Reeve and the rest of the world was that he couldn’t use his limbs. The man still had a mind (see: steven hawking)

    So I don’t know, there’s ALWAYS the sterotypical rebellion when the mainstream media draws attention and glorifies event X. I myself have personally distanced myself more and more from it, especially since Rathergate, where the blogs led by Glen Reyonolds and Andrew Sullivan basically undermined it.



    • Re: With Kerry and Bush arguing in the background…

      The TV and newspapers are telling everyone what to write in their blogs. If I see one more fucking “THE MAN WAS A SAINT OMG RIP IN HEAVEN YOU WONDERFUL SUPERMAN”, I’m leaving LJ. Media says an angel has fallen, then they turn around and spit the exact same thing. It’s basic knowledge/comprehension bottom level thinking, and it’s annoying.

      Thank GOD for the right to rebellion. Hope things are well in your far away retreat. I, for one, am going to continue to give people something to scream at me for.

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