Not Everyone Is Laughing At New Game Show Idea
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 12, 2003
HONG KONG -- A disability rights group has accused broadcasters of setting a dangerous precedent in planning a television game show where contestants with disabilities compete against contestants without disabilities.
"Count our Blessings" would include a team of three players -- two of whom would have a disability affecting vision, hearing or speech -- that would compete against a team wearing dark glasses, mouth gags or headphones to simulate disabilities.
A China Entertainment Television Broadcast official told the South China Morning Post that the show is designed to promote public understanding of and generate support for people with disabilities.
Leaders of the Hong Kong Society for the Deaf and the Hong Kong Blind Union said they did not feel exploited or patronized by the show's concept, and thought it would be best to relax and enjoy participating in the show.
But the Movement Against Discrimination disagreed, saying the program would be dangerous and that disabilities are not a laughing matter.
"By artificially separating the disabled from the normal people you are going against the movement of trying to include them into our society," explained John Tse Wing-ling, the Movement's spokesperson.