Awards Show Host Insults Mills McCartney And Other People With
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 3, 2006
LONDON, ENGLAND--Disability advocates are criticizing an offhand remark that talk show host Jonathan Ross made about Sir Paul McCartney's wife, Heather Mills McCartney, who lost her left leg after being struck by a motorcycle 13 years ago.
While hosting the popular Q Awards show Monday, Ross commented on some of the unkind things Mrs. McCartney had been saying about her estranged husband and former Beatle.
"Heather Mills McCartney -- what a f****** liar," Ross told the audience.
"I wouldn't be surprised if we found out she's actually got two legs."
John Pring, acting editor of Disability Now, said the comment was "unacceptable", and that Ross was setting a bad example.
"These jokes at the expense of disabled people upset a lot of people. If someone sees Jonathan Ross saying something like this, we hear it on the streets."
He added: "Comments like this can help make people's lives miserable."
On news websites and weblogs, several readers have commented that Ross' statement was in poor taste and demeaned not only Mrs. McCartney, but other people with physical disabilities as well.
Mrs. McCartney has been very open about the fact that she uses a prosthetic leg since the 1993 accident. Since then, she has championed a number of disability-related and humanitarian causes, particularly in providing prosthetics for war survivors who have lost limbs.