So my loyal visitors will remember that a few months ago, I attended a national convention for the blind and visually impaired called the National Federation of the Blind. You can read about my take on this experience here. In any case, attending that convention opened my eyes to how this group of people looks at the world. In many cases, very differently! For example, many people in American are excited about energy-efficient cars. The blind see them as death machines. Because they tend to be silent or quieter than a gasoline-driven car, the blind have trouble hearing these and many blind have been killed or injured.
So, not too long ago a movie came out called Blindness. Keep in mind I haven't seen this movie. In short, the movie is about a place where all people start going blind. The city feels like it could be catching, so they quarantine all the blind people in one prison. As the new people try to deal with their blindness, they begin to act like animals, becoming more and more cruel.
I do keep up with movies, so even though I wasn't planning on seeing it, I watched the trailer. Something caught my attention. At the end of the trailer, the catchline is "The only thing more terrifying than blindness, is being the only one who can see." Hmmmm, okay, this made me start thinking. What kind of message is that sending about blind people? The only thing more terrifying than being blind??? Does that mean there is no more horrible fate than losing your sight? Also, is blindness a disease? In this movie, they call blindness the white sickness. Yikes! I was wondering if my blind friends from the NFB were aware of this movie and how they felt about it. I didn't have to look hard to find out. On the main page of their website, I found this article. Basically, they have taken a public stand against this movie.
Many people might think they are being too sensitive, but I think I can see where they are coming from. Again I haven't seen this movie and am not planning on doing so, but I have read viewers reviews. In this world, the people that become blind are totally helpless and can't even find a toilet or get dressed. I was just reading some comments from people on the IMDB message board, and one comment said that a blind person shouldn't have a baby because they couldn't take care of a it. That's just not true. Blindness does not impact the ability to have children, use the bathroom, dress yourself, or a million other things.
I just thought it was interesting how this group of people would view this movie. Have any of my readers seen it? I hope that this movie won't cause a continuation of prejudice towards the blind.