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

Linda Stover liamskitten at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 20:29:54 UTC 2008


Hello,

Could someone provide more info or links to more info concerning this
particular situation?  I think it would be extremely helpful to
understand if this is a spoof directed specifically at blindness, or
if the spoof is more directed to certain "blindisms" that the governor
frequently exhibits.  I know that when I was watching segments of this
nature concerning the election on the show, certain
quirks/phrases/mannerisms were used to excess to perhaps heighten
humor/absurdity.  Keeping this in mind, I'm wondering as I said what
exactly the comics were paridying.
Courtney

On 12/15/08, Beth <thebluesisloose at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
>>
>>
>>
>> CONTACT:
>>
>> Chris Danielsen
>>
>> Public Relations Specialist
>>
>> National Federation of the Blind
>>
>> (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
>>
>> (410) 262-1281 (Cell)
>>
>> <mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org
>>
>>
>>
>> National Federation of the Blind
>> Comments on Saturday Night Live Segment
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Largest Organization of the Blind Criticizes Attack on Blind Americans
>>
>>
>>
>> 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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