Friday, February 22, 2013

disabled people are not all nice: the oscar pistorius example

As you know, I am unemployed and can only watch so much Bravo and TLC without my mind turning to mashed potatoes, so I try to watch the news at midday, 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. This way, at least I know whats going on in the world around me while I am hermitting hardcore.

The story which I have been most obsessed with is the Oscar Pistorius craziness [Tangent: You know the guy with no legs cleverly deemed "the bladerunner" at the 2012 Olympics]. Despite not being a sport nut at all really- I love the Olympics...and followed his "inspiring" story of triumph and fighting to compete. [Tangent: Remember when he came up short on that one event and the winner swapped numbers with him as a sign of respect. It was a total Rudy Rudiger/underdog moment and you could practically hear the entire world giving a collective "awww."]

Yada Yada...cut to a few months later he is in the news for allegedly killing his model girlfriend. Even though he got bail today and they feel like the evidence is insufficient, a lot of skeletons came out and it was revealed he wasn't South Africa's sweetheart after all.

Perhaps I am most upset because I had been been duped by the very device which drives me so crazy about society. Not unlike the early stages of American Idol where everyone with Turrets/a dead parent/a paralyzed vocal cord/scurvy gets a touching video package, just because you are different doesn't  make you a source of inspiration. People with disabilities are dicks, sometimes. [Tangent: Yep. The secret is out!]  The blade runner is a perfect example.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to matriculate with lots of folks with various kinds of deformities/disabilities/life tragedies, and I can affirm not all of them are nice people. Some of them were bitches, and should not get a free pass on bad behavior because they happen to use a handicapped placard.  Let Oscar Pistorious be a lesson to us all. We, even us on wheels or hi-tech running blades, are completely human. If we are being assholes, feel free to judge us and call us out on our behavior. [Tangent: The wheelchair card can only carry you so far. You all know I have used it to get out of tickets and other things, but I don't expect to get away with murder.]

Otherwise its a vicious cycle and the behavior and the feeling of invinsibility will keep on truckin. So next time you see a person who is different, I beg you to get to know them before you place a halo on their heads.


  1. Well said. I have wondered if his disability made him seem vulnerable and safer to be around to his girlfriend. The police were called to their house over many altercations, so that stinks of abuse and not at all of safety.

    1. I think both. I think he was percieved by the outside as one thing because no one bothered to look beyond the blades.

  2. I agree. Well said. At the hospital today, they had the whole bail hearing, etc. on in the waiting room. I had only heard bits and pieces about it all until today but it does seem like he wasn't very nice to his girlfriend. Or that they fought a lot. Very sad situation.

  3. Darryl Stingley is another example. He is a former football player who was paralyzed in a game back in the '60s or '70s. I hear he is a monumental jerk, even got beat up by Charlie Murphy once. You can see Charlie tell the story in the bonus features of Chapelle Show season two.

    1. EXACTLY! Its like everyone just assumed he was nice because he was disabled. For every Christopher Reeve there is a Oscar Pistorius

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