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Disability humor and public ridicule [delineation]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Disability humor and public ridicule [delineation]; published December 25, 2011, 19:35; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=514.

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It is one thing to attract attention, but quite another to generate genuine laughs.

Disability humor just as ethnic or racial humor can be a powerful way to defuse stress and anger and yet, because disability is a permanent problem that marginalizes people in society, telling such jokes - many if not all of them very bitter - is reserved to people with disabilities.

Similarly, racial or ethnic jokes may be told by a member of the group that is made fun of in such a joke - but good etiquette forbids other people to assume such attempts at defusing or relaxing bitter humor and have a go themselves.

It is obvious that there are people that do that all the same. There is obviously something thoroughly wrong with them. Let's try to illuminate the subject.

Disability humor

Theory

Disability is not funny, not per se. It puts people into other moods than wanting to laugh all the time. This is not obvious to some so it makes sense to place it in writing.

There are funny moments, depending on how you look at it. Disability may bring about clumsiness, restrictions in various other ways, and complications might have funny aspects. They often if not always contain bitterness and disappointment which do require the involved disadvantaged people to go over it with a smile or at least with grace, though. That is the essential element. If that element of grace is not there, the attempted joke or humor is non-inclusive about already excluded people in society. Then, that is what marks and sets off discrimination.

Disability humor always seems to evoke both fear and joy, both embarrassment and slapstick. Almost never is disability humor outright tasteful, positive and nice. It often seems to play with stereotypes. There usually is a degree of 'hoops' involved.

I stitched together a cow hide cover for my prosthetic arm. So when someone says, what's that, I can tell them "I am half Wolf, half animal" (as the "half man, half dummy" thing got old real fast). But I am not sure whether public etiquette would allow for a cheerful laughter here. However, this is my personal invention and it's definitely cool when you see the real fur. Also, that grows old after a while.

One of my shirts says "It was a lot worse than it looks". But you are probably not supposed to laugh either. Besides it's not really too funny either because it was in fact a lot worse than it looks. It's more like a blood freezer, but then that's what makes a good amputee 'joke'. Conversely someone may ask 'how much worse can it be?' which will suspend them motionless in content space. It can be a lot worse but is that the road you really want to go down?

The "Keep staring, I might do a trick" is one of the great commonplace one liners. I also like "Give them a finger and they'll take the whole hand". I am not sure how other people accept the sentence part "given them a finger" as there is a real ambiguity here.

But of all the disability jokes, this one brings it to the point:

A woman puts out an ad for the guy with the most incredible sex powers ever. When the door rings, she finds a guy without arms or legs sitting in a wheelchair is waiting in front of her door. When she asks him, what are you doing here? He answers, well I'm here for your ad in the paper. She asks, so how did you imagine this would go? He replied, well how do you imagine I rang the doorbell?

I guess I may also write a book. I could include the usual iron biters' credos such as "where there is a will there is a way", or, "ah, you are disabled? then you can go participate in the paralympics" (bwahahaha). Maybe it will be good to do answer general questions (such as "how could you (...) do this incredible (...) ...?" with general answers such as "I always was taught by my grandmother how to kill roaches" or "I believe in God and that gives me power".

But what really was the best moment of disability humor, that was right after the amputation, a good friend asked me whether I'd now have to also wear black leather coats, suits, white ties, wear brown leather gloves, become a "real evil" guy, and always have a purring white fluffy cat on my lap ('animals don't betray you') while plotting how to kill humanity. Just like in James Bond. I think that was a day when we laughed all afternoon.

Let us explore in what context disability humor is placed and how it can come across.

Examples

It is not difficult to find videos of amputees that go on stage as 'motivational speakers' to tell the world how 'inspiring' they are by surviving, i.e., sticking it out. They might succeed to tell their story as 'inspiring' and 'positive' but there, humor as such is mostly absent.

It is really hard to find truly funny humor that builds on disability.

Social disintegration jokes

A number of amputee jokes, some rather extreme, are playing with the fact that people with visible disabilities in general risk to be treated as social outcasts.

What do you tell an amputee who is standing on an intersection, waiting for the light to turn green, so he can walk across? - Nothing. He has been told everything already.

This joke obviously assumes you are not an amputee or that you are non-disabled. Within a few sentences this joke tells us in a by-the-way manner that it is entirely normal for non-disabled people to talk (down) to disabled people rather than on eye level, as if they were fellow humans. It tells us that it is normal for these "talks" to always convey the same content, such as "So how did it happen" (who cares), "How are you getting along"" (well, seeing as if I made it to this intersection..), "You can still always go to the Paralympics" (whatever), "The field of prosthetics really achieves a lot these days" (um, no), "How do you control it?" (will power, sheer will power), and a few more. And it also tells us that everyone knows we all have exhausted these dialog options - leaving none open for further talking down to the disabled person. In essence this joke tells us that once there is an amputee and these standard sentences were said, all options are indeed exhausted. While it is a sad reality, the joke is putting its finger right here and as that its funniness lies in the sharp wit that put these somewhat complex issues into a 2-liner.

Honesty and slapstick

Sorry I lag on telling u, so what I did was drop my phone in the potty; Ha really gross but my phone still works! Ew is all I gotta say... Bethany Hamilton on Twitter 12/12/2011.

Brutal honesty can be disarming and charming, maybe. It can be funny or entertaining to read, if it is not a distressing moment any more and told later. It still doesn't make for massively great laughs though.

Adam Hills

Definitely great stand-up comedy. He does take the surprising bits from the very humorous angle. Great guy.

Adam Hills Talking About His Leg

Artificial date

Transcript [from disabledfeminists.com]: I went out with this girl once, we’d been together for a little while, and we got back to her place for the first ever time, and it was that moment of kind of sitting, you know, on the edge of a bed, and she went, ‘ooh, do you want to stay the night,’ and I went, ‘oh, yeah all right.’ She went, ‘Oh, okay, I’ll be back in a second.’ And she walked out of the room. And I sat there going, ‘awww – oh, shit. I haven’t told her. Well now what do I do?’ You know what I mean? Well I can’t wait for her to walk back in and just go, ‘look! [pretending to hold up his prosthetic] It fell off.’ I considered doing a magic trick with a blanket [pretending to flourish a blanket and reveal not having a second leg]. I sat there for ten minutes thinking a) where has she gone for ten minutes? And b) How am I gonna bring this up in conversation? What can she say to which I could naturally respond, ‘really? Well I’ve got one leg!’ [gestures in that direction] I’m not making this up, she came back in the room and went, ‘I’m really sorry, I’ve only got one pillow.’ [pauses for laughter, then repeats gesture] Ta da! She went, ‘ah, that explains it!’ ‘It explains what?’ She said, ‘I spent half an hour at dinner rubbing your foot under the table and you didn’t notice.’

T-Shirts

Wearing somewhat humorous t-shirts or sporting bumper stickers always has been a source of relief for people with more or less visible disabilities.

There are a few nice links to check out:

And of course you can just create your own at Cafepress.Com.

Public ridicule

Theory

Dealing with matters of social etiquette appropriately can be paramount particularly in an information driven society. It is different if all we trade are oil, gold, sheep or tomatoes. But in an information society where emotional values are a primary content of what we do, social etiquette matters.

Dealing with social etiquette is done through two means - one is through one's own alert senses and intact, well connected and rooted emotions. For individuals or for situations where these options are flooded, absent or otherwise unavailable, there is the second option - etiquette rules. The two means - one's own alert senses and emotions, etiquette rules - provide a double safety net for acceptable behavior. The severe difficulties in that are detailed in the writings of a few authors such as Erving Goffman or Guenther Cloerkes.

The tricky thing about visible disability is that there appear to be no clear etiquette rules. In fact,  absence of commonly accepted rule books is usually cited as major source of distress for non-disabled people when confronted with a person with a disability. So people will fall through that double safetey net once they lack own assets to navigate through the uncharted etiquette rules in context of visible disability. In other words, people with a visible disability pose a risk factor to people that lack awareness and emotional safe guards - it exposes them faster and more comprehensively than many other encounters or situations.

People who fail manners because of their absent or defect double safety net risk to land hard. How much is acceptable? When is a person unacceptably rude? From when on do we get the impression that someone is simply not capable of conducting themselves?

People who fail manners and start to publicly ridicule disabled people usually mostly, belong to one out of two groups of people that usually, expectedly and routinely tend to exploit the option of trying to ridicule people with disabilities:

  • Children up to the age of puberty may tend to explore emotions in very wide ranges. Particularly girls appear to explore social problems in a more investigative and rude fashion than boys.
  • People with mental illness such as personality disorders can be unable to gauge, perceive and control emotions and thus suffer from emotional disabilities and instabilities. People may also regard amputees as perfect victims out of clear sadism.

Examples

Only a few of the people publishing their attempts to ridicule amputees make their identities and biographies available for further study. Quite obviously, they overstep major boundaries of decent conduct while not contributing anything obviously new.

Amputee ridicule is not a new thing. As far as I know, amputees by and large are more than painfully aware of the fact that stumps look weird, funny, surprising, and strange, they can look repulsive, shocking, boring, or sick. No need to introduce further ridicule to convince just about anybody that amputation causes a bit of a problem visually - it really is bad enough as it is. With disability come some other serious issues - and we *know* that. We are *aware* of that. That doesn't makes us *poof* go away, however. It is so visibly painfully apparent that one wonders why any further ridicule or attempts to take this any further are necessary.

It is a fact that that type of disability, particularly absence of arm parts, are associated with major proportions of amputees suffering serious depression. Relationship and employment problems, serious health issues and loads of other stuff add to serious body image problems - and that is that. Absolutely no one that I know of in that department manages to keep up a hunky-dory life throughout. No further ridicule is required to make things as bad as they are.

So it is repulsively fascinating to ponder what commonalities people  might possess that "go out on a limb" to ridicule us. Why might they do that? What crucial element is lacking? Where did nature go so fundamentally wrong there? How is that clearly anti-social behavior conveyed?

It does appear that, from the few bits we can catch of the examples of people that do go out to publicly ridicule amputees, a few things seem to overlap:

  • They are, mostly, girls - but not exclusively
  • They are, mostly, in puberty - but not exclusively
  • They seem to lack emotional concern and convey a haughty attitude
  • They appear to lack respect, quite seriously so, in an area where respect is a minimum requirement
  • Ridicule of others seems to dominate also in other aspects of these people's lives

Shay Brown

Shay Brown seems to be, or have been, an actress [IMDB]. Apparently, she was named “wittiest” and “most talented” in her High School Yearbook. So we assume she is thought of as "intelligent".

In her Youtube movie (below), Shay proudly ridicules a woman that had lost her right arm as a kid and then went on to become a cheerleader. Necessary elements to tell us she might be serious in any way are absent. Also, patriotism and positivism are ridiculed here. Furthermore, a Southern American slang is presented that comes across as exaggerated and fake.

The acting is poor, if at all one should call that acting at all.

Apparently, that movie clip was presented at The 2006 New York Short Film Festival and The 2005 New York Film Festival.

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Rating:

We see what comes across as an act of desperation of an actress.

Her voice sounds compressed and high pitched if not nervous. She lacks thrust and vibe. Many cheerleaders wear a prosthetic arm and if only for symmetry and balance - however, that degree of realism is absent in this staged ridicule.

Let us see how many points on a scale of 0 to 5:

  • Attempt at southern accent: 0/5
  • Attempt at faking missing an arm: 0/5
  • Attempt at coming across as cheerful: 0/5
  • Absence of using a prosthetic for cheerleading: 0/5
  • Clearly hurtful portrayal as hick and simplistic: 0/5
  • Not giggling throughout: 2/5
  • Overall acting: 0/5

Tim McGovern

On his blog [link] Timothy McGovern has a sequence of passages that he writes covering "Hollywood tourism department" [1], in a nutshell, places the words "actual failed American dream" (...) "a man wiping his own ass with a brillo pad" (...) "your worst nightmares" (...) "We've got amputees who want to show your their van!".

That writer is clearly not a person with respect for lesser lucky people than he himself is. There, he is clearly offensive in expressing cynicism, hate and disgust.

With public expression of hatred of amputees or disabled people, he does place himself into the domain of the so-called far right. Neo Nazism, for example, holds the world view to wanting to "clean up" streets. However, one cannot know in each and every instance why people want to "clean up" their world of disabled people.

Timothy McGovern appears to be a graduate of the Northwestern University. On his Facebook page [link], he publishes the sentence "Heck, I've been called dirty, lazy, smelly, shifty, kooky, spooky and Chinese but one thing I ain't never been called is dumb!". It can be assumed that he conveys what he appears to perceive is his own "superior intelligence" [link].

In his prior life, he seems to have staged a stage-play ridiculing the movie sequels titled "Lord of the Rings" [link].

This is surprising as such, because "Lord of the Rings" already contains the relevant laughs themselves - it is like he did not realize that he was making fun of something that was already containing self-referential humor. Instead, "Lord of the Rings" contained self referential humor is sublime and delicate and not served with an axe. Already this points to a certain degree of absence of sensitivity  - who else would assume that "Lord of the Rings" requires humorous interpretation? We take notion of the fact this only achievement so far were not constructive or positive contributions, but ridicule.

Now he appears to work for Story Pirates where "actors" are hired to enact stories or plays that children wrote. I am not sure that is such a great idea but then, the USA appears to be only in the process of approximating the new rules of respect necessary for information age. Also, some of Mr. McGovern's other humor attempts may be somewhat bestirring, but not funny [link].

So, here, we can see how self-appointed amputee hater Timothy McGovern re-enacts prosthetic hand activities that he describes as "hilarity ensues".

There are a number of movie clips that he uses to ridicule prosthetic hand usage. It suffices to look at two of them.

Timothy McGovern - Microwave

In the following movie, Tim McGovern appears to miss hitting the buttons of his microwave's front panel a few times using his "prosthetic hand prop". Then the "prosthetic hand prop" drops. The sloppiness of him doing so and the dropping of the prosthetic hand prop constitute what comes across as "point" in this clip that builds up to a disappointing end.

He could do a lot better would he practice before shooting that video. He could actually attach a prosthetic rather than just letting a mannequin hand fall down.

Furthermore, his microwave settings are illegible and we do not learn what actually is being microwaved here - so relevant aspects of what is advertised (title: "Microwavin' Stuff") are not delivered.

But, let us watch for ourselves.

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Rating:

Tim comes across as actor that has no remorse about what he does.

He ruthlessly slams is notion of what living with a prosthetic hand is videotaped as, communicated like, and seemingly does his darnedest to make it look worse.

It might be deplorable that prosthetic technology is not any further than creating the assumption of building just mannequin hands, but that is neither new nor interesting in that context here. Amputees do drop stuff, it happened to me, it happened to others - and it is not because it is intentional. It's just bad stuff happening. After all even Bethany Hamilton recently posted:

And yet, anyone showing off prosthetic devices or just even props should get minimally acquainted with them before demonstrating them on video. That standard also goes for Tim McGovern. Even if he publishes hate for amputees on his private blog page.

As he failed these standards, here goes the rating. It is not a spoof, there are no attempts to show that a sequence of four or more similarly badly made videos contain humor. The same sloppy attitude and acting characterizes these videos throughout. It feels like the dusty mood that we catch when visiting a mentally ill person's house or flat - stuff does not add up. This is too weird not to mention.

Rating:

  • Technical quality: 0/5 - particularly, no digital display details to be seen
  • Humorous aspects: 1/5 - it is funny that he appears to smile at the end of the movie but otherwise, but what's the point of that wry smile, he could have started the microwave with his foot and be eating right after that for all I know
  • Technical proficiency with prop: 0/5 - what a greenhorn!!!!
  • Prop quality: 0/5
  • Prop mount quality: 0/5
  • Training and proficiency level: 0/5
  • Portrayal of amputee as reasonably normal intelligent person: 0/5

Timothy McGovern - Disability dating

In the following movie, he uses a bunch of flowers to demonstrate the bad quality of his prosthetic hand. Furthermore, he uses an colleague to help him by the name of Jillian Davis [link]. He calls this movie clip "Makin' a date".

It is a sad fact that amputees have an extremely hard time dating - not the prolific one exception that you might happen to know, but the overwhelming majority. That is the context that movie is to be seen in, and as that, it is a heartless contribution to Youtube and the internet in general.

The usage of a prosthetic hand prop is entirely pointless as he could have done it without any prop, and would not have sent any different message. There is no more points to be gained by ridiculing a prosthetic hand wearing person over ridiculing one that doesn't.

And yet, while he appears to fake disappointment and despair at the end of the clip, one can see and hear him suppress laughing hard. That is not only respectless, it much more suggests that he is, in fact, a very bad actor.

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Rating:

The dating scene is neither interesting nor funny. It is absolutely pointless as it contains no message about general realities. It does, however, give us an idea about the people that made this clip. They should not have published that but did so nevertheless. So, let's rate it then.

Usage of prop:0/5 (useless, not necessary to make point)

  • Empathy: 0/5 (can't be topped)
  • Flowers: 2/5 (could have bought more seeing as he wanted to maybe compensate for his bad acting, disability, or whatever it was that he really had)
  • Acting: 0/5 (failed acting, actually)
  • Prop quality: 0/5
  • Prop mount quality: 0/5

"Real People, Fake Arms" TV series with Jimmy Fallon, Steve Carrell, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Seth Rogen, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels

This part of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is interestingly one of the most despicable, hate filled and discriminatory "professional" video productions ever made in relation to "fake" arms. In essence there is not much: there are basically two types of problems - prosthetic arms cannot be used well for gestures, and prosthetic arms cannot be used well for manipulations. Both basic problems types are used to repeatedly act out instances that, throughout the videos, then are supplemented with what sound like taped laughter. Howevermuch these acts repeatedly hammered into the audience's minds as "pointe", as "joke", as "funny point to be made", they do serve as a mirror into the minds of these people. They certainly cannot hide after this, and that is what is of real interest. You want people that cement discriminatory views to be open, because that is the only way you can learn about them.

Jimmy Fallon does seem to be working on a track record for looking down on people ostensibly weaker than him; was sued for gender discrimination by Paul Tarascio, he clearly showed bad taste in aggressing gluten free diet (read also here). This here has the footprint of grave issues. People never ridicule arm amputees for no reason.

Images (C) Copyright NBC

Awkwardness of greeting each other, or touching each other, enacted using mannequin arms

Waving  prosthetic hand to say "hi" is awkward. Jimmy Fallon shows us that.

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Miley Cyrus also presents her version of the awkward prosthetic arm wave.

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They even do their version of a "hook" shake, which here however makes no sense. It is just plain weird.

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At the end of a series of really dumb things, the actors bang their mannequin arms together in some form of "high five".

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Also, the hand is damaged by this banging, one finger broke off.

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Justin Timberlake "gestures" with his "prosthetic" arms.

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At the end of this series, the partly damaged arms are used for another "high five".

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There are other scenes, where the usage of prosthetic hands is portrayed as awkward.

Here, Steve Carrell and Justin Timberlake "finger" the genital area of Jimmy Fallon pretending to take measurements while "selling" him a suit.

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Also, touching in the sense of carefully arranging clothes or being gentle is parodied.

 

 

 

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Awkwardness and difficulty of manipulating items, enacted using mannequin arms

Having a manicure "not" is a big deal for arm amputees. Not only is the hand missing, you will talk about half price regarding the other hand (if there is an other hand).

Here, this is topped by also portraying awkward usage of a nail file.

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Then, a prosthetic hand is put in hot wax for any reason, where it melts (to no surprise). Did you know that we fight for insurance payments to replace our (relatively delicate) prosthetic hands and hand gloves after they get damaged? Did you consider that these are very expensive whereas they are also quite brittle?

 

 

 

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Here, the clumsiness of prosthetic arms is made fun of. Apparently, "nail polish" is being "applied" in what Miley Cyrus tries to do "as manicure".

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Here, fabric cutting using scissors, and pouring water with lemons from a jug, are slaughtered into one big mess.

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The following images show how the "actors" try to ridicule a Four-in-hand tie knot.

 

 

 

 

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These images show Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey preparing a burger and fries.

 

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The following sequence covers Seth Rogen preparing a joint, then, baking marihuana cookies.

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Guitar and drum "play" is "attempted in the following sequence that ridicules arm amputees playing instruments with what they have.

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Rating

  • Heartlessness: 0/5 (repeated go at totally useless portrayals)
  • Acting: 0/5 (no acting, really)
  • Prop / prop mount quality: 1/5 (the sticky tape was totally ingenious, given the "actors")

 

Courtney. Lexi and the Sprouse Twins

These pubescent girls have a real corporate setup that they call CLSprouse Productions (Youtube, Myspace).

Rating:

  • Acting: 0/5
  • Story: 0/5
  • Continuity: 0/5
  • Weather: 4/5

Meagan Nicole and Shannon

Shannon [link] and Meagan appear to be both around 15 years old.

Puberty is the word that comes to mind when watching this. Weirdness abounds.

Rating:

  • Acting: 0/5
  • Story: 1/5
  • Amputee portrayed as stupid: 0/5
  • Giggling throughout: 0/5

Courtney and Joanne

Courtney [link] appears to be the quintessential weird pubescent girl. Also her associate, Joanne. No surprises here.

So what we see are somewhat derogatory remarks made about people with disabilities and strange sequences indeed.

Rating:

  • Acting: 0/5
  • Storyline:0/5
  • Giggling throughout: 0/5

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  • Acting: 0/5
  • Storyline: 0/5
  • Giggling: 0/5

Bradythepsycho, briiannnaaxo, 133brookelynbridge

Not a names under which we get to witness a considerable attempt of puberty aged girls ridiculing amputees.

Rating:

  • Acting: 0/5
  • Storyline: 0/5
  • Giggling: 0/5

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  • Acting: 0/5
  • Storyline: 0/5
  • Giggling: 0/5
  • Animal reference being made: 0/5
  • Prop usage surprisingly good: 1/5

Alexis

In this clip posted by bbqchinchilla / Jeremy Thornhill, a woman commented as being named Alexis uses a red plastic hand as "prosthesis prop" along with what appears to be yet another Southern accent.

This seems to combine some silly story telling with using a prosthetic hand prop.

Rating:

  • Acting: 1/5
  • Storyline: 0/5
  • Giggling in some moderation: 2/5
  • Prop ability: 1/5

Summary

If seemingly clever people go ahead and make a fool out of themselves to express what we could assume is a sheer disgust or hate for amputees in such ways as this, there must be a lot of pressure. No one does such irrational stuff for fun.

Conversely, the enormous public pressure for amputees to look, appear, behave and act according to what non-disabled people dream up about conformance is massive. That much is clear and that much unfortunately is normal. But why is there is psychological pressure for these people? Why do they put their own identities on the line?

Outspoken public ridicule of amputees such as exhibited by a few individuals seems to be the absolute exception and a relatively rare occurrence. Within that, there is a discernible pattern of the people that are concerned: that behavior typically pertains to people that are emotionally immature, haughty, arrogant, derogatory and respectless or that explore that in an extremely unconventional and likely unnecessary way. As amputee I would say - we are aware that there is a problem - go away - stop making fun - it's really bad enough as it is - what more could you possibly want?

Video quality of these ridicule movies ranges from poor to mediocre, and even if so-called professional actors step up, the results leave much to be desired. Acting is surprisingly poor. Prop usage is poor as well and so one does wonder why no one takes time to get their stuff right. Quite likely they do not think it is necessary. Amputees are seemingly not even worth the effort of being made properly fun of.

  • Girls, puberty: I would guess that 9 out of 10 people that video and publish amputee ridicule are girls. Predominantly, protagonists are girls in puberty that publish resulting videos under a pseudonym. Adults and men appear to be the exception. There are probably no rules that can be derived from that. Similarly strange behavior can be encountered in people that obsess about fetishism though and similarly, it is important to be attentive.
  • Mental issues: If any adult acts in such a way, it is safe to assume a major psychological issue that that person has. No normal person feels threatened by someone with a visible disability to the poi8nt they need to air their frustration using poorly made ridicule. It is remarkable that the collective consists of mostly females. From experience with real people that exhibited similar behavior, I can say that these did exhibit deep rooted serious psychological issues that ranged somewhere in between Asperger's syndrome, schizophrenia and serious personality disorders. Here, I have no idea what drives these people.
  • Assumed "intelligence": The surprising thing is that amputee derision is made public by at least two protagonists that we have all reasons to assume are, come across as or at least believe to be extremely intelligent. Maybe it is time for us all to realize that life has to offer other aspects than what is advertised by European academics as "intelligence". Maybe, the absence or twisting of emotions should be presented to these wounded souls as compliments rather than critique, such as in the great song "The Sun and the Moon". Maybe.

The Sun and the Moon - Chief Okena Littlehawk - The Rose That Grew from Concrete

[Chief Okena Littlehawk]

 

The sun.. and the moon

{*begins to speak in another language*}

Your ways are similar, to the raisin sun

Warm to me, but too strong for some

The more you are needed, the brighter you shine

Watched for too long, your brilliance will blind

The eyes of mortal men, threaten you with doom

They regret to see you, set, but it is time, for the moon

References

[1] A note from your friendly Hollywood Tourism Department, (C) Copyright by Tim McGovern, blogged on Sep 17th 2011:

Are you visiting from Eastern Europe and want to see what an actual failed American dream looks like up close?

 

Do you have a rap album that you recorded with your buddy DeMar’s Garage Band that you want to sell on the streets by harassing people?

 

Can’t find the right place to show off your fishnet stockings and see-through blouse, sir?

 

Well, look no further because I’ve got the mile-long “boulevard” for you!

 

Yes, Hollywood Boulevard truly has it all. No where else in the world can you see the star of Marilyn Monroe immediately adjacent to a man wiping his own ass with a brillo pad.  And that’s a promise.

 

Hollywood Boulevard is unique all right.  Let me put it this way: if you were to create a venn diagram of homeless people, drug addicts and your worst nightmares, the center would be, you guessed it champ, Hollywood Boulevard.  And I haven’t even told you about the Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, which brings me to my next point…

 

We have a Ripley’s Believe it or Not! where we show you images that are so traumatizing your psyche will literally deny its believability!

 

Okay, I see that you’re walking away.  Where you going champ? Because, the unemployed people dressed up as celebrities and pop culture characters are this way.  That’s right, for a small donation of whatever your pity rouses you to give, you and your son or daughter can take a picture with “Snow White,” and by Snow White, I do mean a Ukrainian ex-hooker who is slowly funding her bourgeoning meth addiction.  And yes, you can write that off on your taxes!

 

We’ve got McDonalds with used condoms outside!

 

We’ve got amputees who want to show you their van!

 

We’ve got more sex shops per capita than, heck, there are capita!

 

Come to Hollywood Boulevard! Come for the ambiance, stay because you’ve been murdered and thrown into a dumpster!

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