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Crippen ridicules the proposal for a tv show in which celebrities pretend to be disabled / 1 July 2010

Rumours have been circulating about a TV programme that would enable celebrities to aquire an impairment for a week in order to see what it's like to be disabled (I kid you not!).

It now turns out that the former Mrs McCartney, Heather Mills is working on such a programme although she has refused to say which broadcast company it is with or when it will be aired.

She has said however that she wants to get people like tv presenter Eamonn Holmes to spend a week in a wheelchair to see what it's like to live with a disability: "You would have to be looked after and pushed around by your wife,” she told him on his early morning show.

She added: "We would also get a chef like Gordon Ramsay, blindfold him, and put him in the kitchen for a week."

I thought we'd progressed beyond this type of disability 'awareness' theme and that if anything, the tv companies would realise the importance of portraying real Disabled people encountering real barriers within society.

As we've said many times before, this equates to a white person putting on black grease paint and being expected to suddenly develope an insight into the oppression faced by black people within our community. It just doesn't work that way!

Perhaps Ms Mills would benefit from attending a disability equality training session, run by Disabled trainers and learn something about the social model understanding of disability. Only then will she understand that this type of programme only re-enforces the negative stereotypes of disability and adds to the ignorance that results in the discrimination that we face every day.

 

Keywords: disability equality training,disabled people's movement,discrimination,social model,

Comments

Kevin Rowan-Drewitt

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8 July 2010

Nice one Dave! How about a show 'Celebrity Lobotomy' - Ms Mills could be the first candidate - it might raise her IQ!

Crippen

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3 July 2010

LOL ... Vic, Duchess ... behave!

Duchess

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3 July 2010

I second Vix's idea, this would be a far more important show than that of Ms. Mills! I would volunteer as a subject-- for society's awareness, of course.

Vix

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2 July 2010

How about a show where real life ordinary disabled folk get to live like disabled celebrities for a week? For example, I could live like an amputee, shag and marry a Beatle, get knocked up and then divorce him for £20 million. I'm sure it would really increase my awareness of how people like Heather Mills have to triumph over the tragedy of their lives....

Clair Lewis - FaceBook

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2 July 2010

Hilarious! This one is an absolute Crippen classic.

Arty Farty

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2 July 2010

Oh dear. She's done it again. And for a woman with only one foot she seems very adept at putting it in it doesn't she?!

Hazel Simmon - FaceBook

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2 July 2010

When is Heather McCartney going to wake up and smell the roses eh??

Glenn Willis - FaceBook

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2 July 2010

For a woman who spends thousands of pounds on a leg, just to skate on ice, she doesn't have a clue how the rest of us live! Maybe she should be given the disability of living off benefits & see how she copes!