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Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that I mind if other people are inspired by me. And, if it helps other people follow their dreams, then it can only be the good thing. The thing is though, I don't feel like I should be an inspiration. Take away my disability, and I'm just a bloke who gets paid to mess about on stage for a living.
By having more disabled people on our TV screens, only then will I no longer get people asking stupid questions such as 'Can you have sex?' 'Have you ever tried to talk just to see what would happen?' and 'Are you as clever as that Stephen Hawking bloke?'
Today I read a story regarding comedian Ross Noble who has been criticised for taking the p*ss out of a disabled audience member's laugh. The disabled person, Luke Roberts, then went to the newspapers with his family to complain about it.
Tuesday (3 April) sees the start of a new series on Channel 4 called <em>The Undateables</em> or as I like to call it Would You Shag A Crip? It follows disabled people as they look for love. There's nothing like a good freak show to improve the ratings. The advertising around this programme has been deliberately controversial. A series of billboards for The Undateables with pictures of six of the participants has the tagline "love is blind, disfigured, autistic." Channel 4 would undoubtedly say that this was to help encourage debate and things but I doubt a teenage disabled person would cope very well with being told they were undateable.
02/04/2012 22:36 BST
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