Walk A Mile In Her…Nevermind
ONE OF THOSE TRULY GREAT MOMENTS in Television history happened the other day.
On “The Price is Right” game show with Drew Carey a contestant won a prize that, chances are, she will not be using.
About ten years ago Ms. Danielle Perez was in an accident and lost both legs. She has used a wheelchair since then and has continued on with her life.
When she attended the taping of the game show she was selected to be a contestant. If you look at the video at this link http://www.thewrap.com/the-price-is-right-awards-a-treadmill-to-a-wheelchair-bound-contestant-video/ you will see that she played the game and won! Her prizes were a sauna and a treadmill.
Immediately a large “hoo-haw” about this erupted on the internet, calling it a “Cringing moment,” “Embarrassing,” and similar comments.
Cringing for whom? Embarrassing for whom? It wasn’t either for Ms. Perez. She seemed quite happy about it all.
Those “Cringing moment” comments come from those people who look at Ms. Perez and see only a wheelchair. They are “Embarrassed” for her. They think that Ms. Perez is the disability, not someone with a disability.
The Politically Correct Vultures began to circle overhead immediately making demands on the game show producers to give Ms. Perez special treatment. They demand that she be offered the value of the prize in cash, even though that is not a standard practice.
The “PC’ers” are “Outraged” about this whole thing, but they are always “Outraged” at everything. Some people collect stamps for a hobby, the PC’ers get “Outraged.”
I’ve read several stories about Ms. Perez and her new treadmill. She is a woman who has her head screwed on quite nicely. She thinks the whole thing is funny.
IT IS FUNNY!
Because Ms.Perez is not fitting into the PC Bigots stereotype I would expect that they will shortly turn on her and begin to call her names.
As you may have picked up by now: this posting is not so much about Ms. Perez and her new treadmill as it is about the twisted world of Political Correctness.
The acolytes on the PC altar pretend that they care more about people’s feelings than the rest of us. I suppose that in a way they do. Of course they care because they want to control how people feel and behave. For them it is all about power and control. PC is a weapon to be used to force their perceived enemies (anyone who isn’t them) to conform and act as they demand.
They are nothing more than the schoolyard bullies who want to dictate how you must live and think.
And if you don’t think they are in it to see what money they can extort, you are very much mistaken. It’s a Con Game.
Ms Perez ain’t buying into it. She is a thinking adult who refuses to be used as a crowbar to intimidate the PC’ers latest target.
Someone asked me, “What is she supposed to do with a treadmill?”
The basic answer is, of course, “Whatever she damn well pleases.”
She can refuse the prize. All prize winning contestants can do that.
She can take the treadmill and give it to a friend or family member.
She can sell the darned thing on Ebay if she wants.
She can donate the treadmill to the charity of her choice and get one very nice tax deduction because it would be valued at what the game show said – Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – which is usually higher than what it could be purchased for in a store.
Ms. Perez is going to do quite nicely, thank you.
I’m sorry if I come across as a bit caustic about this but I have had to deal with these idiots all my life. If it’s too much, don’t worry. You’ll get over it.
If you are “Outraged” – all I can say is
Please tune in tomorrow for another chapter in our continuing soap opera, “Down The Hall On Your Left” brought to you by a couple cups of coffee and an attitude.