During their Golden Globes broadcast, E! Entertainment ran a graphic over their live stream of guests entering the Beverly Hills Hilton. It accurately noted that “MICHAEL J. FOX WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE IN 1991” and inaccurately labeled this in big red and white letters: “FUN FACT”.
I suppose some mindless minion inserted the statement into a template without stopping to think about the meaning of “fun.” I doubt E! even has a template for “GRIM FACT”.
They’ve apologized, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline [sic] live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”
That’s okay. They take responsibility, and are precise about what was wrong: “insensitive classification.”
Naturally, high-spirited viewers came up with their own Fun Facts:
“37 Cats Died During the Making of Inside Llewyn Davis”
“ROBERT DOWNEY JR. STARTED USING DRUGS AT AGE SIX.”
“Life is a meaningless facade. You will die cold and hungry and alone.”
Those are good, and make us hungrier for more FUN FACTS:
Hilarious but True: Cameron Diaz has leprosy!
Fun Fact: George Clooney refuses to shoot films in Australia, because he’s wanted for murder in New South Wales!
Enjoyable Datum: Meryl Streep is in the third week of court-ordered singing lessons!
The Wacky Skinny: Shaun White is his own grandpa!
Fun Fact: While in his teens, now-Governor Chris Christie and his tween girlfriend bore foul-mouthed twins and gave them up for adoption!
The Real Four-One-One: Polar bears are actually green!
Fun Fact: Jennifer Lawrence has three weeks to live!