[nfb-talk] National Federation of the Blind Comments on Saturday Night Live Segment

tribble lauraeaves at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 15 23:43:28 UTC 2008

I'd like to hear that SNL segment and see whether I think it's funny. 
Sometimes we need to laugh at ourselves, and gov patterson, being a 
politician,  is obviously fair game for jokes, blind or not.  Look at what 
they do to other public figures.  I know there is the problem of public 
misconceptions about blindness, but a blind politicians can't arbitrarily 
declare himself off limits to the comedians.  Again, I'd have to see the 
routine before passing judgement.

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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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