Little People, Big World

June 9, 2007 at 9:16 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

From a rerun tonight, when son Zach is recovering from surgery…

I love this show…it shows people as they are where they are, in the middle of their parenting time, or in the middle of their  adolescence.

The kid not wanting to admit to his postoperative pain, the father doing an old fashioned thing, trying to shield him before the surgery as to how painful it might be.  He has to be on crutches for awhile, and his mom asks him to use a chair for safety, he opts for the crutches and slips on some frost his first day back at school, and …

“I hate being crippled.  It pisses me off,” when experience gives him a nudge in the direction of using the chair.

And the siblings breaking my biggest unwritten rule:

Don’t play with assistive tech that is not your own, you might mess it up.

Very real.

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Miraculously stereotypical

May 15, 2007 at 6:16 PM ("Heroes") (, , )

Skip this post if you watch “Heroes'” and missed last nights show….

Last night, as a reward for being The Evil Villain’s Handpicked President, the character of Nathan Petrelli was rewarded with….a miracle cure for his formerly wheelchair bound wife. A handclasp from the Evil Villain, and her foot began to move, and shortly thereafter she miraculously stood up on her feet.

First, I’ll say this…this is a comic bookish speculative fiction type of show, so weird strange happenings have been occuring the entire season, so perhaps, a miracle cure for a gimp makes a bit more sense here than say, a regular legal drama or a daytime drama.

…But

I hate this sort of thing…because.

1. *That’s* why they felt they had to use an able bodied actress, (Rena Sofer), so they could work a miracle without high budget CGI. It’s a cheap quick trick and not worthy of the excellent writing that has characterized the rest of the show.

2. I don’t like people getting shown these fake “miracles” over and over and over in television, film or print. It unintentionally gives faith healing nutcases another level of credibility, and puts a quick image out there of unrealistic expectations for people with similar impairment or worse yet, the parents of children with impairments.

The character has only been on briefly, but she’s been shown to be smart, a sharp dresser and beautiful in the standard sense  in short a knockoff of any conventionally beautiful politician’s spouse *whithout* the miracle.

And yes, there’s a plot point about the “miracle” being something the Evil Villain can hold over the young presiden’ts head, but something else could have been manufactured to stand in for the gimp cure.

A moment of lazy and annoying plotting in an otherwise amazing show.

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Amazingly inappropriate

July 16, 2006 at 5:21 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

The link above is via The Gimp Parade:

Even through my French is not good enough any longer to translate what the host was trying to ask his two guests with impairments, All I could get was “problem,” two attempts to apologize and something that might have been “sex” between the host’s gusts of nervous, hysterical laughter.

Chacun a son gout, I suppose but I found the whole clip to be peculiarly deguelasse.

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Pirate of the Parking Deck

July 15, 2006 at 1:38 PM (Uncategorized) (, )


Yarr, Matey!

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Regarding Henry

November 17, 2005 at 7:26 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

I’d like to sit in an office with the ad wonks that wrote the latest series of Radio Shack ads….and then ****-slap them around a bit.

There’s a bright red chair and various diverse types sit in it and earnestly discuss what sort of tech gadget would make their holiday special.

One spot brings us harried businessman Henry with some gadget named the All In One. He’s wobbling around on a single crutch and trying to loop carry this All In One thing in one hand.

The entire spot is taken up with his gradually losing control of the load altogether and increased panic and attitude…he then staggers offscreen so that his eventual tumble is heard and assumed but never seen.

It’s not about the coolness of the gadget at all. It’s about watching this person lose his balance, his dignity and his high tech toy all at once.

It’s selling uneasinesss, frustration and stress, and reinforcing an unwelcome stereotype…

And they didn’t have to do it, either.

I enjoy the rest of the red chair spots. I think they’re clever.

But now I have this picture of a boardroom full of ad wonks and/or executives grinning like maniacs watching an advance copy of this ad while Henry looks foolish.

Not funny.

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