Fwd: 'New game show would pit disabled against able-bodied'.
- Broadcasters in Hong Kong have been accused of bad taste by planning
a gameshow where disabled contestants compete against able-bodied
RTHK says it is seriously considering commissioning the show - called
Count our Blessings.
It has been devised by China Entertainment Television Broadcast
chairman Robert Chua Wah-peng, reports the South China Morning Post
A team of three players - two of whom must have visual, hearing or
speech impairments - would compete against a team wearing dark
glasses, mouth gags or headphones blasting out loud music.
Mr Chua claims the show will promote people's understanding and
support for people with disabilities.
The Movement Against Discrimination has described the concept as very
dangerous, adding disabilities are no laughing matter.
Spokesman John Tse Wing-ling said: "By artificially separating the
disabled from the normal people you are going against the movement of
trying to include them into our society."
But some disabled people in Hong Kong say they are keen to sign up
for the show.
Wang Kai-fung, of the Hong Kong Society for the Deaf, said: "Maybe at
first we will be put on the spot and laughed at but I don't care.
Sometimes we just need to play a game and relax."
Story filed: 11:49 Monday 10th March 2003