When did it become OK to mock disabled children based on who they’re parents are?

7 Jul

Tonight I write this post about an important issue that has really been irritating me these past few weeks.

Being me, I just can’t leave it be and found myself needing to raise the issue here on the blog. 

So, what is it that’s eating me?

Well, sometime ago, last December to be precise, a certain “so called” comedian publicly made fun out of someone less fortunate than himself live on TV. Frankie Boyle went all out and shamefully made Katie price’s disabled son Harvey the butt of his incredibly vile “Jokes”

So, why have I brought it up now? 

The story has yet again been brought to the publics attention through the media as a result of Katie’s new show, ‘Katie, Sticking up for Harvey’ which has been aired on Sky living. I haven’t seen the show, unfortunately I don’t have access to the channel, however I did read a recent article at the, ‘Mail Online

 “Mock me all you like but leave my disabled son alone: Katie Price’s heartfelt denunciation of Frankie Boyle’s vile slur and the TV bosses who defended it.”

This was the headline that drew me to the story that I found myself reading with an open mind. 

Now, I’m not your biggest Katie fan, I don’t really watch much of her stuff unless my sister is about, not because I don’t like the woman, just because I’m not really interested In her world. However when I have seen the show and its had scenes with her son Harvey as well as her other children, she comes across as a loving mother. Now I know she’s no angel and gathering from this article she isn’t claiming to be one, yet the comments I have read from the wider public left me a little dumbfounded. It’s my opinion that many missed the point completely. It all came across as some kind of “We hate Katie Price Campaign!” 

One thing I continued to read over and over again was, “Of course Katie didn’t write this she’s to thick” Come on guys… a) does it bloody matter who wrote the article, it still clearly makes the same important points and b) have you all forgotten, the woman cannot be that “thick” she has made herself a tidy sum of money that will see her children through education and beyond. This brings me onto my next point. Sadly many comments showed a certain amount of resentment, with many asking how can she possibly understand what its like to raise a disabled child purely because she has a nanny! I’m sorry but I feel many parents of disabled children myself included, ask for the outside world to look at us without ignorance! Is Katie price exempt from this? “Stop Milking it” was another comment… “Oh god I hope that person never has to raise a disabled child, the pure cheek and ignorance of such a comment” Sadly I expect Katie expected such comments, still this doesn’t make it right. 

Although I’m aware of people having their own opinions, I found it quite shocking how some even felt it was Ok to condone Frankie Boyle’s sick remarks (to sick for me to repeat). 

Just because Katie price doesn’t have to worry about getting funding for her child’s school placement or getting the council to part with the cash for respite, doesn’t make her any less of a mother to her child, it doesn’t mean she loves him any less then you or I love our children. Most importantly It doesn’t give scum-bag comedians the right to pick on a disabled child like Harvey, surely it doesn’t right? 

To read comments stating Harvey should be hidden and it’s Katie’s own fault for having him in the lime light clearly highlights that we still have some way to go with raising autism awareness. I for one commend Katie price for standing up for her disabled child and speaking out for him! Would I have done the same? Hell yes, I’d done it in a heart beat!

As for both Fankie Boyle and the TV bosses who defended him…. You guys should be utterly & totally ashamed of yourselves! Disability discrimination shouldn’t be happening especially by those in the public eye, its nothing less then disgraceful and I don’t know how you can sleep at night!

5 Responses to “When did it become OK to mock disabled children based on who they’re parents are?”

  1. Sharon J July 8, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Even IF it’s Katie’s fault for putting him in the limelight and even IF she’s milking it, that still doesn’t give anybody the right to mock Harvey because none of that is HIS fault. Things like this make me soooo angry!!! Hasn’t society moved on at all from the days of hiding people with special needs away and accepting that they’re fair game for jokes? Frankie Boyle ought to be bloody ashamed of himself and so should everybody who supported him. And what he seems to be forgetting is that this could happen to him. Not just his children, but HIM. Nobody is immune, no matter how old we are.

  2. Sara July 8, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    I agree it’s disgusting people are just happy to poke qt Katie that they are missing the fact that a disabled child was branded a sexual predator.

  3. katiehill July 8, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    I think the mans a sick thick prick who needs to be barred from TV for good.

  4. Lizbeth July 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    There is no excuse for mocking or poking fun of someone who is disabled. Period. Thank you for bringing attention to this.


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