Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve & the Case Against Disability Rights

Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve & the Case Against Disability Rights

written by Mary Johnson, fl. 1980 (Louisville, KY: Advocado Press, 2003), 318 page(s)

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In the spring of 2000, actor Clint Eastwood took on the 10-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act. His Mission Ranch hotel in Carmel, California, had been sued for access violations under the law, and he’d been slapped with a lawsuit he’d never seen coming, he said….“What happens is these lawyers, they come along and they end up driving off in a big Mercedes,” Eastwood told reporters, “and the disabled person ends up driving off in a wheelchair.” In the days leading up to the hearing, Eastwood appeared on the talk shows Hardball and Crossfire; he was covered in a Fox News Special. The National Journal quoted him. Columnists covered his comments. Newsweek used the “Mercedes” quote on its “Perspectives” page. The seasoned Hollywood actor had his script and he stuck to it: He wasn’t against disabled people. He wanted to help disabled people, who were being preyed on by moneygrubbing lawyers. The law was the problem; had been all along. The law needed to be fixed.
Field of Interest
Disability Studies
Author
Mary Johnson, fl. 1980
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2003 by The Advocado Press
Content Type
Book
Duration
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Format
Text
Page Count
318
Publication Year
2003
Publisher
Advocado Press
Place Published / Released
Louisville, KY
Subject
Disability Studies, Diversity, Advocacy and Rights, Legislation and Politics, Accessibility, Laws and legislation, Civil rights, Disabled persons, Trials and litigation, Americans with Disabilities Act Passed, July 26,1990, Rights and advocacy, Social movements, Abogacía y Derechos, Advocacia e Direitos, Politics and Legislation, Compliance and Regulations, Government, Legislación y Política, Legislação e Política, Christopher Reeve, 1952-2004, Clint Eastwood, 1930-, Early 21st Century United States (2001– )
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Rights and advocacy, Social movements, Abogacía y Derechos, Advocacia e Direitos, Politics and Legislation, Compliance and Regulations, Government, Legislación y Política, Legislação e Política

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