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CapriUni BS: The use of 'Crutch' as a pejorative (74* d) RE: BS: The use of 'Crutch' as a pejorative 25 Dec 11

Don --

I remember when Geri Jewell started performing some twenty -- twenty-five years ago, and how the public debate about her act centered around how "controversial" it was for her to make her cerebral palsy the subject of her humor.

I always thought it was rather unfair. After all, cerebral palsy was part of her life experience... And nearly all comics use their own life experiences as the source for their humor, so why should someone's life be off-limits just because C.P. is a part of it?

In recent years, another comic with C.P. named Josh Blue has started to gain national attention. Along with C.P., he also uses people's misconceptions of disability for his humor, which may represent a generational shift. Here's a clip from 2005.

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