Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Bigots

I'm not sure why it is that people have such extreme fear and distrust of anyone who doesn't quite look or act like them... Perhaps in the case of disabled people it relates to base anxieties regarding their own health, I don't know. But the fact is that people with visible disabilities meet with extreme prejudice and disgust all the time.

You have to be an asshole of the first degree to complain and get a disabled kid kicked out just because he keeps you from getting full pleasure out of some dumbass movie.

http://www.recordonline.com/archive/2005/08/18/laughter.htm

Anthony, who uses a wheelchair, was with his parents, his sister and his grandmother at the Loews Cineplex theaters in the Galleria at Crystal Run Sunday, watching a 1:15 p.m. matinee of the G-rated film "March of the Penguins."

About 15 minutes into the film, one of the theater's managers approached the family, she said.
"He said our son was laughing too loud," Pratti said. "My husband told him Anthony didn't understand, that he was disabled, but that we'd try to quiet him down."
Not good enough, apparently – the manager brusquely told the family that Anthony had to leave, Pratti said.

2 Comments:

At 3:27 PM, December 26, 2005, Blogger flör said...

omfg! and this is America?!? siiick!

 
At 12:53 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger MissShona said...

A shame; but I believe it. In college I worked as a waitress and we had some regular patrons who happened to also be quite wealthy. The loved to sit at this big table in the corner. Turn out that one night they came and a bit later, they sat a family with a handicapped child down at an adjacent table. These people had the nerve to ask the hostess if she could move them somewhere else because, "They did not want their children's appetite"!

They also uttered their share of racist comments as well. My Mother (who is Black) worked in the kitchen (they never saw her; only knew her by name). One X-mas, they gave her a $50 gift certificate to the mall. If they only knew....

 

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