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Disability on Strictly come Dancing and other reality shows

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On the edge:
I don't watch dance shows.  My Mum loved 'Come Dancing' a forerunner of this tasteless and over-hyped program, which is smoke, flashing lights, and mirrors mostly.  All BBC shows are biased and tokenistic inclusion so I wouldn't watch on that basis, I stopped e.g. watching East Enders 10 years ago, I was getting overdosed on inclusion and then couldn't relate to anyone on it.  The BBC is off my viewing list. I'm no angel but not a rapist, a child killer,  a drug addict or pusher, a violent criminal, a homosexual,  black, a gay Asian, a prostitute, a white Muslim, or... (You get the drift,) if that is London be afraid, VERY afraid!  You can only hope they emulate Emmerdale Farm and let a jumbo Jet crash on Walford to spare us all. 

My mum made me watch come dancing because it was a genuine competition of grassroots amateurs who competed with each other.  She did ballet classes too, as well as Formation dancing and all that stuff.  Watching failed celebs and no mark weather reporters falling over isn't as I would see dance compettions. Which are bear pits really.  Too many egos given too much air time.   THe only comment I would make as a deaf person is the token deaf woman there never signs in her usual soap opera part, and only started signing when she went on the show, she was an excellent lip-reader, else she would not have got the part just signing.  Same as the token deafie in Coronation street, and a false CI implantee on the same show as this dancer.  They used to take bets which side he would wear his CI or hearing aid on this week I gather.

Sunny Clouds:
If you have cochlear implants on both sides, you don't have to wear your external aid on both sides, and they are also compatible with hearing aids, so if you want to wear an ordinary hearing aid at the same time, you can choose whether to wear one in the same ear or the opposite ear or both.

It would appear that people with cochlear implants face the same situation I used to have when my rods weren't working.  Gosh, a white cane but not totally blind.   Must be something dodgy.  Or when my father used a walking stick.  Gosh, doesn't always use it on the same side?  Must be dodgy.  Or when I've gone to activities where I've chosen to wear one hearing aid or not the other.  Must be dodgy.

I must tell the woman I meet at my local church centre that she must always wear both implants and never alternate according to activity and to reduce skin irritation.  And I must make sure my hair's never swept back so that no one can tell whether I'm wearing both my aids, and if so, which.  I couldn't possibly take one aid out if I'm planning to go somewhere later where I'm going to not want an aid on the side of me with more background noise.

Gosh, we crips have to always be totally consistent in our behaviour, unlike non-crips.  I face this sort of judgementalism in the street and in non-disability circles but had never faced it from other disabled people.

It simply doesn't compute.

I don't have a TV licence currently but have really enjoyed Strictly in previous years. I love that most of the celebs have never danced before and they're beginners and I enjoy watching their styles and skills progress and it's an opportunity to get to know the real them rather than the characters they act or their public roles. I admired the BBC for keeping Bruce on longer than the time when he was an asset to the show. I loved Darcey as a judge and miss her. I know so many people that really enjoy Strictly, it's a good job there's programmes for all tastes. I miss some things about the BBC but not enough for me to pay the licence fee.

Soaps all have ridiculous storylines, it keeps people watching. I enjoy Corrie but recent storylines have been so extreme it's laughable but unlike EastEnders, Corrie does throw in some comical moments that make me laugh.

Oh I have discovered that Michael McIntyre's Big Show which is BBC made is currently on Channel 5 so I start each day by watching an episode. I'd started watching it after it had been on a while so have never seen season 1 before. I literally cry tears of laughter each morning, that man is so funny and such a lovely bloke. It's the best way to start the day, I shall be sad when I reach episodes that I have seen before!

Sunny Clouds:

--- Quote from: On the edge on 23 Nov 2021 10:33AM ---...I'm no angel but not a rapist, a child killer,  a drug addict or pusher, a violent criminal, a homosexual,  black, a gay Asian, a prostitute, a white Muslim, or... (You get the drift,) if that is London be afraid, VERY afraid!...

--- End quote ---

I'm trying to see why you think that's a reason to be very afraid.  I can understand why you might be afraid of violent criminals, but being afraid of people on the basis of their sexual orientation or religion or ethnicity?  And where I live, I cannot recall any incidents where prostitutes were a threat to anyone else.  More often victims of crime.

It does seem rather stereotypical to put 'rapist', 'child-killer', 'homosexual' and 'gay' on the same list.  Also, it seems particularly pointed to refer to both 'homosexual' and 'gay'.

If anyone else here thinks having LGBT+ people or people with foreign in them makes a place somewhere to be afraid of, let me know and I'll find a different board to post on.

I can't remember whether I linked to Rose's couple's choice dance from the Saturday before last


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