In this new reality show, eight women with “differing disabilities” will compete before a panel of judges to prove they have what it takes to be a mainstream model.
Is there something wrong with me or is there something wrong with this premise for a show?
On the one hand, I support the disability rights movement. On the other, I’m squeamish about any fetishistic appreciation of the disabled. It feels like exploitation to me, even when the disabled person is so willingly seeking the attention. One of the contestants on the show will be Debbi, who has recently posed for Playboy and says she’s met more men since she lost her arm than before. Here’s Debbi.
This whole thing is making me feel like a cunt for not celebrating the moxie or whatever it is that drives these disabled women. They’re kind of pissing me off, in fact. It’s like, I’m missing a toenail, so why don’t I try to be a foot model? Or, My voice has a limited range, so why don’t I compete to sing opera?
No, those are bad analogies. And that guy who “needs” to be paralyzed is going to be mad at me again.
Can anyone help me to articulate what is wrong with this show? Or if not that, what’s wrong with me?*
*No saying It’s because I’m a cunt, since I’ve already admitted it a million times.