Years ago, I worked in a department store in the UK. The “law” was that business should employ 10% disabled people on their staff.
There was me, paralysed down the left side, Brian (names changed) with a terrible squint and vision problems, Edna, paralysed down the right side, John who had funny feet and who walked with a stick, and some others who I can’t remember.
We had fun with our disability. We used to make a grand entrance after our lunch break (which we planned to have together) down the elegant staircase that lead to the shop floor. Squint first, stick hobble after and then left limp and right limp side by side swaying down the steps with the rest of the 10% coming along behind. We knew we looked right royal twits but got great pleasure in our brazenness. We also knew we’d been employed out of political correctness. We were disabled not stupid!
It makes me cringe that black, gay, disabled, female and other victims of discrimination don’t see that they are being patronised. Sops are thrown to them. We all knew that THIS YEAR winners of the Oscars would be black because they complained last year. But there was a really embarrassing cock-up. (see video)
However, Moonlight is a stunning movie. It covers all the problems of our time – being black, drugs, poverty, childhood, parental abuse, prostitution, being female, bullies, being gay, drug dealing, every kind of modern horror and eventually redemption. What more could you ask for?
It certainly has made a very grand entrance coming down the Oscar stairs last night!
Here is the whole embarrassing thing!