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“Oprah’s Big Give”: A Second Step in the Right Direction

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by Treadmarkz

The “second step” in the title of this posting refers back to my posting from yesterday. And I just want to say again, “This is what I have been looking for!” Sort of… Let me explain.

I don’t really like reality shows, or real-life-situation game shows, or whatever you want to call them. But one caught my eye because I thought it was about giving rather than winning. It even has “Give” in the title. “Oprah’s Big Give.” Sounded like a nice idea. I will not incur the wrath of Opraholics by repeating the usual criticisms of the show, which you can easily find by typing it’s title into Google.

But I am already put off to find out that it is, or will be, in the end, just like any other “Amazing Race” knockoff, in that the winner will recieve $10,000. The contestants don’t know that, but I have a feeling that they have a hunch that there is some prize involved. Ruins it for me. But I decided to keep watching.

Carlana Stone may not have come up with the greatest, most inventive ideas on the program, but she has worked hard, and she is one of the most exuberant people on the show. And I like to see someone in a wheelchair being recognized as a giver, and not the recipient of a charity. Often you’ll see able-bodied people playing for money to go to some charity like the Courage Center to benefit the “less fortunate” people in a wheelchair.
Carlana Stone is clearly not one of those “less fortunate” people. I don’t see any talk about how “this is going to be hard because I am in a wheelchair.”

Now if we could only get someone in a chair out there on Survivor. I’ve been working out a little, so maybe…

Yeah, That’s Right! Some Disabled People Really ARE Jerks!

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by Treadmarkz

For the six or seven people in this world who have never seen “Lost”, I did not watch it on Thursday like I said I would. I did watch an early episode, and one from a couple of weeks ago, online, and it was just what I suspected, as far as I can see. John Locke is no longer disabled while on the island because this is a place where either everybody’s dreams come true or their problem is fixed. Apparently there is another character who had cancer before the crash. I am sure there is more to it than that, but I did not investigate further on Friday as I was too busy watching Vickie Guerrero on WWE Smackdown! playing the crippled villain character, which, though I enjoy badmouthing her every chance I get, I personally find her more appealing than the “He was disabled but now look what he can do now that his body’s been miraculously fixed!” storyline. It’s about time! I say put John Locke back in a wheelchair and put him back to work.

Did ABC’s “Lost” Island Cure a Paraplegic?

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by Treadmarkz

In an earlier posting, I discussed television and the lack of disabled lead characters. Upon further research, I have discovered something else that, I am not sure yet, but I think it bothers me even more. On ABC’s mega-hit drama “Lost”, one of the castaways, John Locke was a paraplegic before the plane crash that doomed him to the island. But on the island, he can walk. To be honest, I have not seen the show, but I am reading about it, and this really strikes me as interesting, so I may have to watch Lost now. What is this, Fantasy Island? If so, that would not be my fantasy. Does anyone have any theories on this? A little background for me to hold me over until Thursday?

Written by treadmarkz

February 17, 2008 at 2:33 PM