New York Governor David Paterson has criticized a skit on Saturday Night Live (SNL) that poked fun at his blindness and admitted drug use.
SNL cast member Fred Armisen did the skit during a weekend update segment in what many consider to be a accurate take on the Governor. However as we know: making fun of people with disabilities is a red rag to the complaints bull.
“I can take a joke,” said Paterson “But only 37% of disabled people are working, and I’m afraid that that kind of third-grade humor certainly adds to this atmosphere.”
A spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind also slammed skit, saying that “The biggest problem faced by blind people is not blindness itself, but the stereotypes held by the general public. “The idea that blind people are incapable of the simplest tasks and are perpetually disoriented and befuddled is absolutely wrong.”
Here’s the SNL David Paterson video so you can make a call. The first is a copy from YouTube which may not last the distance, the second is the official NBC version which is georetarded, so if you’re outside of the United States it won’t work for you.