Exerpt from Canadian Epilepsy Allicance: http://www.canadianepilepsyalliance.org/canadian-epilepsy-alliance-statement-on-ken-jeongs-netflix-comedy-special/ on February 25th, 2019
CANADIAN EPILEPSY ALLIANCE Statement on Ken Jeong’s Netflix Comedy Special
Deirdre Floyd, President of Canadian Epilepsy Alliance: “I am somewhat mystified as to why forms of entertainment find it amusing to inaccurately portray first aid for seizures at all.”
For Immediate Release – February 25, 2019
Once again the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance is responding to another example of inaccurate information in relation to first aid for seizures on Netflix’s Special called “Ken’s Jeong’s Comedy Special. This is so disappointing for the client base we serve in Canada that live with seizures disorders. As someone who has epilepsy, I am somewhat mystified as to why forms of entertainment find it amusing to inaccurately portray first aid for seizures at all, says Deirdre Floyd, President of The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance/Alliance Canadienne de l’epilepsie (CEA/ ACE).
What makes this particular Comedy Special particularly disturbing is that Ken Jeong appears to be a medical doctor. While I understand comic routines aren’t to be taken seriously I really don’t understand why it is even necessary to include anything about a medical condition, let alone inaccurate information especially from someone who makes a point to let his audience know he is a medical doctor.
Exerpt from Epilepsy Foundation: https://www.epilepsy.com/release/2019/2/epilepsy-foundation-statement-ken-jeong%E2%80%99s-netflix-comedy-special on February 25, 2019
Epilepsy Foundation Statement on Ken Jeong’s Netflix Comedy Special
Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., President and CEO
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
LANDOVER, Md. — Members of our community brought to our attention Ken Jeong’s new comedy special on Netflix where he incorrectly referenced seizure first aid procedures and provided potentially dangerous information to his audience. While we certainly understand that comedy routines by definition should not be taken seriously, it is greatly and even more disturbing given the fact that Jeong is also a medical doctor — and he reminds his audience of this just before his comedic routine. It is worrisome that his audience would assume his description of seizures and seizure first aid is serious and not comedic. In fact, epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder and people with epilepsy may experience hundreds of seizures a day. We are outraged and disappointed that Jeong makes some shockingly bad references to seizures and seizure first aid procedures in his Netflix comedy special.
In Jeong’s show, he talks about how Ice Cube “saved” someone having a seizure by wrapping a belt around the person’s mouth because the person could have swallowed their tongue. He then praised Ice Cube for his quick response. This is absolutely NOT the way to aid someone having a seizure. In fact, this wrong action could, at the very least, cause serious injury to the individual having the seizure and to the person attempting to provide help. And, at the worst, this wrong action could result in the death of the person having the seizure.
Seizure first aid is actually easy and safe if done correctly (www.epilepsy.com/firstaid).