Hollywood, CA (O! Online) – Former Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig today made a special flight to Hollywood for an appearance in support of Muscular Dystrophy Telethon host Jerry Lewis. Lewis earlier this weekend in the 18th hour of his telethon had used a term derogatory towards gays and lesbians, and had subsequently come under fire by the national organization GLAAD, which was insisting upon an apology from the former comedian and movie star. Lewis had issued an immediate apology yesterday, but Craig insisted today that he(Lewis) had nothing to apologize for, and vowed to help him fight “unfair criticism” from a group of what he described as “naughty, nasty boys and girls”.
“I will not stand idly by and watch this American icon be drug through the mud, much as I was,” stated Craig to assembled reporters and paparazzi. “He was tired after hours of performing, and the word just came out… a word, I might add, which is perfectly appropriate, and that I, ironically, was searching for in a tragic incident in Minneapolis in June.”
“I am not gay and never have been,” continued Craig,”and neither is Mr. Lewis. I have looked into his eyes, deeply, and seen him for what he is, a sadly, and tragically misunderstood, funny and likable man, who is now under attack from some very naughty and nasty people.”
Lewis thanked the senator for his support, and again apologized to any who were offended by his remarks. To the delight of those present, he then embraced former Senator Craig in a bear hug and kissed him full on the lips before departing.