Monday, December 15, 2008

The Media

I am absolutely disgusted with media in the United States. Particularly SNL (Saturday Night Live). No, i don't have tv or watch tv but i saw an article about a recent episode they had about Governor Paterson of NY.  For those of you who don't know, he's legally blind and he took over office when Gov. Spitzer left. This tv show mocked him and portrayed him as incapable of acting as governor due to his disability. I find this so revolting that people could make fun of someone just because of a disablity, whether it be blindness, deafness, paralysis, etc. It is so unbelievable that people are on a level to do such a thing! Just because Sarah Palin is out of the media's eye right now doesn't mean that gives anyone the right to pick on any other person for lack of a story for a tv show! It's just a proof that people are cruel!
Gov. Paterson's reaction to this was:
"This particular Saturday Night Live skit unfortunately chose to ridicule people with physical disabilities and imply that disabled people are incapable of having jobs with serious responsibilities."
What a world! It's SICK. 
I'm sorry- I just couldn't not comment. Though i'm totally not a politics person at all, this just has to do with humanity (or lack of it.)


G6 said...

I agree with you for the most part.
It is well known by all my family, friends and my "regular" guests that the only jokes I won't abide in my home are "Helen Keller Jokes".
That said, I think people should be able to laugh at themselves, especially if they put themselves in the public eye. (NO pun or joke intended there ;) )

tembow said...

i disagree. to make fun of someone's political view or opinion is one thing. to mock someone's physical disability, which he/she has no control over, is entirely different.

G6 said...

You know, I really should be the one arguing YOUR side (b/c that's my usual opinion) but I did see the actual clip and didn't find it egregious (they also made fun of his cocaine use).
This was typical (actually mild) SNL.
Sadly, sometimes I think that the disabled community is overly militant and it actually hurts their cause (kind of like Sharpton coming out for EVERY black person, criminal or not).

The Babysitter said...

I agree with you, I can't stand how people can be so mean.

Although a lot of times humor is based on truth, and stuff people can relate to. So a lot of times people make jokes of things that hurt them so that they can "better" deal with it.

Like there's a joke about a yeshiva bochur proposing to this girl by bringing her a 15 passanger van and asking her to fill it up. It can be looked at as mean that it's making fun of the yeshivish community that have a lot of children. But yet, it's still funny, because of the truth in it.

Although the one on chaptzem about the Rabbi's, that I would call really mean, but again some can see it as humor, especially if they can relate.

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