(ABC News) A punch line from the movie “Ted” has people with Lou Gehrig’s disease crying foul.
“From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Mark Wahlberg’s “John” says to his foul-mouthed teddy bear friend — a quip some patients say crossed a line.
“I didn’t expect to go to a movie and sit with an audience laughing at the expense of people with ALS,” said Randy Pipkin, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2005. “I think the message this film sends out is a huge slap in the face to people dying from this horrific disease.”
Lou Gehrig’s disease progressively robs people of their ability to move, speak, eat and breathe. There is no cure.