Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lighten Up... It's Okay to Laugh!! Cuz it's funny damn it!

"When the fuck did we get ice cream?"

If you've seen the movie "The Ringer" starring an entire troupe of people with disabilities along with Johnny Knoxville and some other "normal" people, then the quote above should bring a slight grin to your face, or if you are like me, it might make you laugh out loud. In the days of political correctness, it amazes me that this movie was able to make it all the way to the big screen. By the way, if you have not seen "The Ringer," then I suggest you rent it, even if it's only to hear that one line. That shit is funny. PS... Johnny Knoxville sucked in the movie.

Now simmer down people... I am not at all about making fun of people with disabilities or intellectual challenges or whatever other politically correct bullshit term is out there these days. Many of you know what I do for work (and some of you work alongside me). If you don't know what I do for work, then you don't know me well enough to waste your energy getting pissed off at me. What I am about is understanding that sometimes it is okay to find the humor in EVERY corner of life. Humor is an important part of life with a disability. Listen - some of this shit is plain funny. A rather amusing turn of events here at work led me to a website that in turn inspired me to think long and hard about this topic. Last month, a new show began to air on MTV and some of you may have seen it. It is called "How's Your News" and it features several reporters with genuine comedic talent making their way around the country interviewing people and just having fun. Visit their website How's Your and you will find many of their videos posted for your enjoyment. While watching the videos, I found myself laughing to the point of tears and a belly ache. I've embedded the clip from when they visited Central Park below:

How's Your News? - Central Park NYC from How's Your News? on Vimeo.

Listen... It's okay to tell your friends that you laughed at this. It's okay to share with others. The people who made this video know EXACTLY what they are doing and they want you to laugh. Why? BECAUSE IT IS FUNNY!!!!

Taken from the How's Your News website, "The disability community has widely embraced this project, often using our films for training or inspirational purposes. Far from being offensive, they provide a positive, empowering view of life with a disability. That’s our opinion. Please watch our films and let us know what YOU think!"

Now I guaran-damn-tee you that some liberal (and probably non-liberal) dickheads will soon be spouting off about how this new MTV show is exploiting people with disabilities. Anyone who jumps up on this pedestal is doing far worse damage to the disability community. They are assuming that the people involved in this project are not "able" to decide what is best for themselves, nor are they and their families able to stand up for themselves. And wouldn't that be the true discrimination here? So if you hear someone bitching about this show, or if you feel like bitching about it yourself, just remind them (or yourself) to quit being such a stick in the mud and lighten up - take a lesson from the "How's Your News" crew.

By the way, this video below may be my favorite:

Bobby Kicks Some Ass from How's Your News? on Vimeo.

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