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BBC Childrens Presenter. by tucsonmike on 28 February 2009 4:55pm
This was on CNN. BBC has a childrens presenter with a deformed arm. Parents called in and complained, saying it was scaring their kids and bringing up uncomfortable discussions about disabilitites.

BBC said she stays. I agree with them. Did said same parents want their kids to be afraid of a disabled person in the street? To torment them? What if one of their kids got into a motorcycle accident and lost their legs?

Good for BBC! She stays and for the parents, life isn't always easy, see her as an example of courage not a freak.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by canaveralgumby on 28 February 2009 5:41pm
Bravo BBC.

I am grateful to my mother (now my guardian angel on the other side). From the time I was little, we visited neighbors who were senile (Alzheimer's but we didn't have that in our vocabulary in the early 70's), and she'd go out of her way to be friendly and say hello, just hello, like a person, to anyone we encountered in wheelchairs...

Do those complaining parents think that the person in question deformed herself on purpose just to disturb them? More proof that there should be a parental IQ test before people are allowed to reproduce.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by Spursfan on 28 February 2009 8:53pm
Yes, I saw this in the paper Mike. My husband was up in arms (sorry about the pun) about it. He says someone with a disability should be employed as an able-bodied person would be. That is, not get the job BECAUSE they have a disibility or even despite of it. Just because they do the job well.

Trouble is (and I suppose it is the same in the States)you get people such as the BBC wanting to do the right thing so every reality show you can be sure you will get (and no disrespect to anyone) a black person; a gay person, a person with a disability of some sort; even a Scotsman (only joking!!). You get the picture. It is as though they have a 'P.C.' list that they have to check off!!

And we both think that the parents who actually COMPLAINED about it and disgusting and should be ashamed. How hurtful for the lady involved.

I haven't seen the show but as long as she is able to do the show - which I would say about an able-bodied person too - what's the problem?
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by MMMmmm... on 28 February 2009 9:23pm
I agree, it could be a valuable 'teaching moment.' Maybe a temporary compromise would be for her to wear long sleeves, until children get more used to her, and get to know her as a person first.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by mrsthing on 1 March 2009 1:08am
Some years back, I attended a family reunion with my then 2-year-old nephew. Also in attendance was a 7-year-old cousin who had been born with a vestigial limb of sorts in place of one of her legs. It was amputated so she could get a proper prosthesis. As she grew, she sometimes had to do without a prosthesis for awhile--a sudden growth spurt made the fake leg too short, and it took awhile to have a new one made. She used crutches or just hopped around on her good leg.

My nephew saw her playing with the other kids, hopping around on her one leg, and said, "Where's her leg?" I said to him, "She was born with only one." He immediately checked himself over and said, "*I* have two legs." So I said, "Yes, most people do. But she was born with just one. Her other leg didn't fall off or disappear. She's always had just one leg." That seemed to satisfy him, and he ran off to play with her and the other kids.

No big deal. A calm, logical explanation is all that's needed. I think it's the parents who are more upset than the kids.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by mrsteabag on 1 March 2009 2:53am
Three cheers for the BBC!!! What blessed century do we live in, anyway? It probably is the parents getting weirded out that is the issue.
If you'll all forgive me for a bit of naughtiness,long before Mr. Teabag came on the scene, I dated a man who had been in a motorcycle accident and had to use a wheelchair to get around. When rude or nosy people asked about the more intimate aspects of our relationship, I would smile sweetly and inform them, "With joy, abandonment, and more frequently than you do!" ;)
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by geordiegirl on 1 March 2009 10:12pm
This is still playing a bit in our newspapers. Yes, indeed, the parents are to blame here. Long time ago - but I was informed (sometime after) that a child at my wedding, mentally vulnerable, was frightening husband's small nephews. I enquired of mother-in-law (the passer-on of this information) whether sister-in-law had explained matters - 'Oh No the children were frightened...' VERY sad that some things ( & some parents) don't change.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by kazzzz on 2 March 2009 1:40am
Unbelievable in this day and age.
Just goes to show we haven't 'advanced' as much as we think we have.

Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by johnnythemonkey on 2 March 2009 6:39am
If kids are scared of the girl's appearance, I'm sure that a simple explanation would assure them. What kind of people are they, that would take the time to complain ? Pathetic.
Re: BBC Childrens Presenter. by kazzzz on 2 March 2009 7:31am
These kid's AREN'T scared, thats their parent's words. They're probably more curious than anything.
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