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Last nights extras

Although I have never seen her stand up show, I'm quite a fan of Francesca Martinez, who appeared on last night's episode of Extras. It seems logical to me that the more disabled people appear on t.v, the better, provided it is done in an unpatronising manner. To present us crips as the 'typical', fallible humans we are can only be a good thing. This is why I was pleased to see Martinez appearing on Extras last night. Gervais' humour is, by and large, founded on the principle that the more the audience cringes, the better, so the inclusion of disability humour was an excellent choice. Most of the comedy came from the way that Martinez's character always showed the bias in Gervais', thwarting her chances of going out with her sister. He highlighted some of the prejudices in able-bodied society. Thus, mr Gervais is to be applauded.

However, one thing sits uneasily - why was she made into a religious person who hoped to be cured in heaven? This, however, was the only blemish on a commendable episode.

Comments

Hi Matt, I was one of the lucky ones! I went to see Francesca at the theatre in Stevenage which is where I live and she was excellent! Her jokes were so funny! She has a wicked sense of humour and is great! I even got to shake her hand after the show and asked her how she was. I even told her that I loved her Ouch columns and was a fan of Mik( Scarlet) and she told me that he's a cool man in real life.

I thought it was the best episode of the series so far and I don't agree that the Francesca Martinez character thought she would be cured in heaven. Certainly, Ricky Gervais' character interpreted the situation hilariously in that way. She just said that things would be better, which you can interpret in any way you like.

james, I take your point, but I think to the able-bodied, medical model bashing audience, I think it woould have seemed that she was seeking a cure.

So what? If there were a cure available, shouldn't someone take it? Wouldn't it be better to not be crippled in heaven, or would you have a team of angelic PAs?

Btw, you're becoming as bad as any racist: "able-bodied society" etc.

erm... people are getting the wrong idea about the "being cured of disability in heaven", I prefer calling it the astral plane myself. I know I'm drifting away from this comedian, too busy watching bigbrother lol. Anyway, simply, when we pass on, we're not "cured" of disability, we're just "releived" of our disability only because we are "all" releived of our physical bodies full stop. When our time comes, we just let go all that we have physically, regardless of what state/condition it was in during our physical lives.

Mark still doesn't get it does he. Disabled people are not all looking for cures. Most see their disability just as part of who they are and it's society that needs curing, not disability. There is a disability joke that a disabled person went to Lourdes, and came home with a new set of wheelchair tyres!

LMAO

I think matt's family at first glance are all as headstrong as each other so matt'll never win. but nor will mark. Racist? shame on you! Bigidiot! The ideology matt is aiming at places positive values on disabled people to replace the negative ones you put on us. We're doing what black people did 30 YEARS AGO! you want to stop us why?

Nicola, Matt is winning, because we would not accept the negative values put on him by society twenty years ago. If we didn't believe that he could do more, we would have left him as the system wanted, in a special school with little education. We (his family) believe in our headstrong way that everyone can and should be helped to do their best and take their full part in whatever they aspire to, and can do.

I hope enough people understood the irony in Ricky Gervais's character's interpretation of what Francesca's character said, but as Matthew wrote, a lot of people would have understood it the way Gervais did.

how, exactly, am I being ss bad as a racist, mark?

I think some of the commenters get a little personal here. In response, however, I will say that I am well aware of the medical and social models etc. Don't forget that matt is my brother, after all... My comments were relevant to the discussion of the sketch, not disabled people in general.

Now, some commenters link apartheid with the treatment of disabled people, and then take umbridge with my comparison of matthew with a racist. If you choose to alienate yourself from the rest of society and draw distinctions between "us" and "them", then that is just the same as racism.

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