Saw an article on GMTV this morning about Stevie Wonder, how he had given a concert yesterday and been given a lifetime achievement award by President Obama. I’m not a fan of SW myself but he has achieved a lot in music and rightly deserves the award.
Not once did the report allude to the fact that SW is blind, which is good, the article was about his music not his visual impairment. He is seen as a musician first and a blind person second. That’s how it should be.
But if the likes of me or my blind friends were portrayed in the media, the blindness would creep in there somewhere. We might even have to endure the nauseating mush about being brave, heroic, triumphing over adversity, etc etc.
So my point is, how successful do we have to be before our blindness ceases to be of importance? Probably way more successful than I’ll ever be.