Actor Michael J. Fox has made television commercials in support of Senate candidates who are in favor of embryonic stem cell research.
The effects of his Parkinson's disease are painfully obvious onscreen. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says Fox is allowing his illness to be exploited for political gain. Initially, Limbaugh had accused Fox of emphasizing his symptoms. He later retracted that statement.
Commentator Lennard Davis says that it is Limbaugh who is exploiting Fox's disability — and taking the focus away from the real issue: stem cell research.
Davis is the author of The Disability Studies Reader and Bending Over Backwards: Essays on Disability and the Body.