Sal DeTraglia from Spain goes to Disneyworld and makes some observations.
“I do need, however, to mention one observation that I found a bit shocking. The Disney parks rent motorized wheelchairs, and they rent a lot of them. However, the vast majority of those that I saw driving those wheelchairs were not “handicapped” as that word is commonly interpreted. They were obese. I mean profoundly, morbidly, shockingly obese–and some of them were clearly younger than I am. I’ve never been to EuroDisney, but I suspect that this obesity epidemic doesn’t exist there. And if that’s the case, then I think it’s clear where the finger of blame must be pointed.”
Sal, and the people in the comments, seem to assume that every fat person in a wheelchair is in the wheelchair simply because they are fat and lazy. Check out the comments:
The Big Finn: “Is laziness considered a handicap? Could one rent a wheelchair just because he/she doesn’t feel like walking?”
Headless Blogger: “The other benefit of the motorized scooters is that they let the rider and his/her group skip to the front of the line (at least that was the case a decade ago). Nothing like positive feedback to encourage a healthful lifestyle.”
Christina: “There were no obese people in Denmark, thank goodness.”
Well thank goodness, Christina! I’d hate to think of anyone unwittingly going to a country where there were obese people!
Now I have no idea why these people were in wheelchairs, or what size they were, or how “lazy” they are, or any of these other things. Or even whether they were American in the first place. But the point is, neither does Sal. Neither do his commenters. This kind of assumption just strikes me as ugly, and rather sad. What do you think? Does Sal have a point?
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