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

T. Joseph Carter carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Mon Dec 15 23:39:05 UTC 2008


Well that was five minutes of my life I'll never get back.

That was supposed to be funny?  It was just stupid.

Joseph

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 04:43:37PM -0500, pyyhkala at gmail.com wrote:
>Hi,
>
>Here are some more articles, and a link to the skit.  I also have an
>article I liked on Facebook, see below.
>
>NY Times:
>http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/15/nyregion/15skit.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper
>(the article has more detail on the controversy)
>
>You can also watch the skit in question at this link:
>http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/update-gov-paterson/881501/
>
>You can read what the public is saying on Twitter at the link below
>that does a real time search:
>http://search.twitter.com/search?q=snl+blind
>If using Jaws on the above Twitter page, if you press the number 2
>(for heading level 2) it will take you directly to the comments that
>people post.  Twitter is a micro blogging service.
>
>Best,
>Mika
>Twitter Micro blog:
>http://twitter.com/pyyhkala
>Facebook:
>http://profile.to/mika
>
>On 12/15/08, Linda Stover <liamskitten at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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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