This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit disabilityarts.online.

Disability Arts Online

A Lesson Learned / 11 November 2015

Fans of this particular blog-o-sphere - and there are thousands - will know I spend quite some time bashing the tragegy model as often as I am able to. Someone has to do it. ANd here's another opportunity.

I never watch children in need. I prefer to attend Burn Pudsey Friday.

But there's no avoiding this really is there. A creature of habit my tele viewing usually goes from the news to the local news to the awful one show and the one show represents one of the pudsey peddlars. I was in the kitchen, washing up and a scream came from the front room. My partner had spotted puds and was going "oh no oh no".

A mother came on to tell us about her daughter. And her tale went something like this; she kept on rolling over so i knew something was wrong and took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy. Well, it was devastating. All those dreams you have for your first born well they just go out of the window. Anyway, she wanted to be a ballet dancer. Really, no way, was she going to be a ballet dancer and life was just, well you know.... disappointing for her. But not to worry there was this wonderful dance group probably sponsored by Pudsey where she can now go and waggle her arms and legs around.

Now, here comes my  lesson learned. I'd have really have thought that by now Pudsey would have got over these negative portrayals of disabled people. But he hasn't and he isn't going to. Doom! Doom! Doom! Devastation! and Dashed Dreams! No wonder my partner screamed.

And here's another one. The one show special.Get a group of kids who are having a bad time or who have survived a bad time and who proably did need support in education in health or in something else we should be seeing as a right andf get them all to line ujp and say thank you very much t hus demonstrating that the tragedy model demands smiles and gratitude. Its live, Its living. Its out there. And Matt Baker shags its silly.

Anyway, we know better. This friday its Burn Pudsey Friday and here's a picture Chris Hughes put up on facebook. I have a feeling its old news.

 

Comments

richard downes

/
17 November 2015

this year over 500 invites were sent out to the 8th Burn Pudsey Friday event. 35 of those invitees went. It strikes me we are small and we take on sauch a weight but being in the struggle makes us great. Sign up to We all Shot Pudsey Bear here https://www.facebook.com/groups/46564848880/10154558102768881/?notif_t=group_activity and make the 383 members 400 strong

Deborah Caulfield

/
11 November 2015

Aaagh!!!

Add a comment

Please leave your comments. They will display when submitted. DAO encourages critical feedback, but please be considerate. DAO reserves the right to edit or remove comments that don't comply with our editorial policy, which you can find on DAOs 'About' pages.

Your e-mail address will not be revealed to the public.
HTML is forbidden, but line-breaks will be retained.
This can be a URL of an image or a YouTube, MySpaceTV or a Flickr page (we'll handle the media embedding from there!)
This is to prevent automatic submissions.