He donated a copy to the Library of Congress with the stipulation that it not be released for 10 years (that was in 2015, so 2025), but he wasn't the only one keeping it from being released; Lewis didn't own the movie rights, and the people who do aren't exactly fans.
So I'm sitting here getting ready to write about comedian Dick Gregory, who died yesterday at the age of 84…and I'm thinking, "Well, he'll finally get some attention and recognition for his pioneering work." And then the news pops up on my iPhone that Jerry Lewis has died…
I don't have a great quip about this but I bet Dick Gregory would have. It would have been something about how the white guys can't let a brother have the spotlight for two minutes unless the cops have in handcuffs or something.
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