Reality TV gets more real

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 17, 2011 - 11:49 AM

More shows are featuring players with physical disabilities. Not only do they serve as inspiration, but they're potential winners, too.

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awshucksApr. 17, 11 1:23 PM

Not a reality TV fan, but this is one great lesson that can be taught. We need to think of people as "differently"-abled, not "dis"-abled. My first lesson in this came is high school, when a friend would have easily made starting QB for our HS football team, but was not allowed to compete by sactioning board rules (WIAA) simply because he had a prosthetic leg. He went on after HS to become a world-ranked skier, even though he never got on a pair of skiis until after HS. He was probably the best all-around athlete I've known in my life, but his greatest challenge was simply being allowed to compete.

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MellersApr. 17, 11 8:13 PM

awshucks: I fully agree. I'm a believer that "everyone has something," even if you can't see it (maybe a bit more standard like parents going through a divorce, or more medically related like Crohn's (me) or mental disabilities, something you can't see). If we start seeing each other as having unique battles to overcome, we start to become more compassionate, more caring.

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neptune1Apr. 17, 11 9:14 PM

I think it's about time we stop calling these shows "reality" tv .

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clinto1054Apr. 20, 1110:51 AM

Not to change the subject, but........is it me or does Scotty on American Idol look exactly like MAD magazine's Alfred E. Newman????

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