Aussie Comedian Apologises for Pam Anderson Hepatitis Joke

by VR Sreeraman on  July 7, 2007 at 9:04 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Aussie Comedian Apologises for Pam Anderson Hepatitis Joke
An Australian comedian has publicly apologized to sufferers of hepatitis after poking fun at Pamela Anderson, who is battling the disease.

Peter Helliar had cracked a joke about Anderson during his weekly talk show called Rove.

Officials at Hepatitis Australia were annoyed at Helliar's 'cheap, cruel' joke, wherein he said hepatitis C would be the best present for Anderson on her 40th birthday.

In his apology, Helliar insisted that he didn't mean to cause any offence.

"The joke...was not intended to offend those living with hepatitis and, if any offence was caused, I sincerely apologise," the New York Post quoted Helliar, as saying.

Anderson, who is said to have contracted the serious blood virus from sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-hubby, Tommy Lee, had no immediate comment on the issue.

Source: ANI

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I think some people need to develop a sense of humor. Humor is educational. I'm assuming based on the joke that Pamela got matching tats on her 40th b-day. The joke is sarcasm. Of course it's not the best present which means it's the worst. I'm sure most who heard the joke learned that it's never a good idea to share needles. That getting tested for Hep & HIV is a very good idea if you DO plan on sharing. I'm assuming Pamela and Tommy never learned any of this, but they have now. In probably 5-6 sentences this comedian tied all this together in a communication format that really gets into peoples' heads. Humor breaks down barriers. I doubt any 5-6 sentences that ever came out of the mouths at Hepatitis Aus ever got as much across in so concise a manner. We're not so dumb we need to be protected from humor. For more on that topic watch the movie "Name of the Rose" with Sean Connery. There was someone in that movie who also had a problem with mixing humor and serious subject matter.
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