Glad to hear Will Ferrell pulled out the planned comedy portraying Ronald Reagan suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. People from all political sides united in outrage about this because Alzheimer’s disease respects no religion, race, or political ideology.
It is estimated that the stress of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can take five and even ten years off the life of a caregiver, and yet Will Ferrell and the people behind this movie took the time to write and plan a comedy about this tragic disease rather than create something that serves as source of encouragement and awareness.
Sadly, his heart gave out just a few years later. He was 65, and his wife lived another ten years.
If you love someone, you will be a caregiver. If you live long enough, you will need one. Statistics reveal that every individual connected with this movie will experience the heartbreak of a loved one who will struggle with disease, impairment, or injury.
Rather than use this disease and it’s devastation for comedic exploitation, these producers, actors, writers, etc., could use their skills to lift the hearts of those who feel crushed under such a burden.
It is beyond the pale to castigate a family in such a manner—specifically a family who has so nobly inspired others who share their painful journey.
Consideration and good taste seem to always fall victim to free speech and “artistry.”