Disability Bitch hates being offended
29th October 2009
So we're clear, what he said was, "Say what you like about the servicemen amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we are going to have a [very] good Paralympics team in 2012". To be clearer, that's not exactly what he said, his original joke contained a naughty word and I've replaced it with something a little more sedate. After all, most of you are disabled and it would be wrong to cause you offence in any way at all.
Offending disabled people is bad, that's what I've learnt this week.
British troops currently stationed in the Middle East, the armed forces generally, injured veterans, their families, Paralympians and all disabled people not otherwise included in that list. Really? Oh My! For his part, Jimmy has apologised and promised to raise money for injured troops, apparently.
He delivered a slightly edgy one liner in front of a few thousand people who paid to see his show. It's a safe bet they weren't expecting Blue Peter. He's definitely not the first comedian to make jokes about disabled people, he won't be the last, and – whether or not those jokes are funny – what comedians say as part of their acts has little direct impact on me. So no, personally, I'm not offended, thanks.
Then there was the time I wet myself at a concert because some selfish Normal Person had decided it would be a good idea to use the disabled loo and then locked herself in by accident, leaving me with nowhere to go, quite literally (true story); the potential employer who invited me to interview then decided he didn't want to talk to me after all on discovering that I was a cripple.
It brings the rumours she’s set to star in celebrity reality show Dancing on Ice a little closer. I would say something mean about the padding stuffed down her trousers, but I'm saving all my Bitchin' for when she finally pirouettes onto our screens. I. Cannot. Wait.
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