Make Chris Cuomo apologize on the air for his seizure joke and misinformation!
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Chris Cuomo's joke, about have a seizure and swallowing his tongue, on the New Day show was very offensive to people with epilepsy that have to fight seizures every day of their life!
On-Air comments like that set the decades long work of epilepsy organizations back by years. Organizations like the Epilepsy Foundation have spend a enormous amount of time and money trying to teach the general public that it is impossible to swallow your tongue and to not put anything into the mouth of somebody that is having a seizure
Here is the transcript of the show.
PEREIRA: Love it. What a nice looking couple. They look so happy together.
CUOMO: That's what marriage is all about, doing things for the other.
CAMEROTA: Wow. So sweet, Chris Cuomo. I'm sure your wife loves hearing you say that.
PEREIRA: Say it to the camera.
CUOMO: I think that was a seizure.
PEREIRA: I know. Are you all right?
CUOMO: I'm swallowing my tongue. We should go.
CAMEROTA: Let's do that. It's time for "NEWSROOM" with Carol Costello. Hi, Carol.
Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder and it affects more people than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and Parkinson’s combined!
1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy.
3 million people (possible viewers) in the US and 65 million people worldwide have some form of epilepsy and we are constantly trying to educate people to dispel myths like swallowing you tongue, which is physically impossible because it is attached to the bottom of your mouth, and to end the stigma of epilepsy.
The epilepsy community demand an on-air apology made by Chris Cuomo for his joke that has set us back in our efforts to do that!
He needs to apologize on-air for his joke and misinformation! The apology needs to include the fact that it is impossible to swallow your tongue. CNN should also think about making him do a report on epilepsy so he can see first hand just how bad it is when someone has a seizure, especially a child!
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