[nabs-l] National Federation of the Blind Comments on Saturday Night Live Segment

Beth thebluesisloose at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 20:20:46 UTC 2008


Ijust watched CNN and they said something about this segment of SNL.
I don't watch SLNL, but I support Paterson, and someday I want to be
Governor, so there's no excuse for attacking Gov. Paerson for any
reason.
Beth

On 12/15/08, Freeh, Jessica <JFreeh at nfb.org> wrote:
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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> CONTACT:
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> Chris Danielsen
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> Public Relations Specialist
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> National Federation of the Blind
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> (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
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> (410) 262-1281 (Cell)
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> <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org
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> National Federation of the Blind
> Comments on Saturday Night Live Segment
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> Largest Organization of the Blind Criticizes Attack on Blind Americans
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> Baltimore, Maryland (December 15, 2008): Chris
> Danielsen, spokesman for the National Federation
> of the Blind, said: "The biggest problem faced by
> blind people is not blindness itself, but the
> stereotypes held by the general public about
> blindness and blind people.  The idea that blind
> people are incapable of the simplest tasks and
> are perpetually disoriented and befuddled is
> absolutely wrong.  This misconception contributes
> to an unemployment rate among blind people that
> stubbornly remains at 70 percent.  That is why
> the National Federation of the Blind is
> disappointed that Saturday Night Live chose to
> portray Governor Paterson in a comedy routine
> that focused almost exclusively on his
> blindness.  Attacking the Governor because he is
> blind is an attack on all blind Americans­blind
> children, blind adults, blind seniors, and newly
> blinded veterans returning from Iraq and
> Afghanistan.  The National Federation of the
> Blind urges the producers of Saturday Night Live
> to consider the serious negative impact that
> misinformation and stereotypes have on blind
> people before continuing in this unfortunate vein of humor."
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