Monday, December 15, 2008

CNN piece on SNL and the Governor Paterson skit


I can take a joke. But only 37% of disabled people are working and I’m afraid that that kind of third-grade humor certainly adds to this atmosphere. Let’s just say I don’t think it helped,” Paterson told the Daily News on Sunday.

2 comments:

DA K10 said...

Pretty revolting incident. I found it strange that the commentators continually assured the viewers that Gov. Paterson "can take a joke" and that he "makes fun of his own blindness at times." This, to me, signals able-bodied anxiety over PWDs and disability in general. I did, however, think that there was a mixed effort to thoughtfully explain why this is an issue: when making fun of Paterson SNL was doing more than making fun of one man -- which is cruel enough -- but they are attacking an entire swath of society. Such an explanation exposes the continued need to evangelize the solidarity of PWDs so that we are not fractured into heterogeneous impotence.

Processing Counselor said...

I saw it. It really sucked. It was below SNL who usually parodies what people have done. I wrote about it in my blog. I'm a CRC voc. rehab counselor, btw., and person with a disability!