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.