I’m trying to work out whether I can precisely balance the ann oyance and bemusement I’m feeling for comments from actor Jeremy Irons that smokers should be afforded the same rights as “handicapped people and children.”
Disability Bitch has done a nice piece on it from the British perspective. It’s worth a read, especially given what’s going on in the UK at the moment. And lots of others have run through things like his choice of language and some of the logical fallacies inherent in his argument.
I can’t work up too much vitriol about it because mostly it just strengthens my belief that actors who play intelligent and cultured characters should not walk out their door without a script in their hand. I do however suspect Mr Irons may rethink his comments if he was confronted by a few angry people waving a saw, a few bottles of vodka and a pack of cigarettes in front of him while looking longingly at his left leg.