Friday, January 30, 2009

It's Nick Mitola Appreciation Day

I'm crushing on Nick Mitola. You've got to love people who know what's right, who do what's right and who stand for something, and that would be our Nick. I read an article about him yesterday and can't find the link today (because I'm rushing what with being on the road). We meet Nick on ABC's What Would You Do? television programme.

I don't know the programme at all but apparently it is a hidden camera kind of show where people's actions to a (unknown to them)staged event are captured on film. In this case, ABC hired blind actors to go into a store and order something, they would pay with a $50 and the clerk would cheat them by handing them two singles saying that they were a $20 and a $10. The question was, would bystanders help.

In the set up the clerk (an actor) first begins by acting rudely. Saying 'Hey Helen Keller, step up' then making other demeaning and disphobic remarks. While there were people who intervened when the clerk cheated the actor and actress (way more intervened when the woman was cheated than when the man was cheated) no one did or said anything about the demeaning remarks, the nasty disphobic language that was used by the clerk.

Until our Nick arrives on the scene.

From the moment the clerk says something nasty, Nick tells the clerk to stop being patronizing and when that doesn't work, Nick rips him a new one. Nick didn't care that he was creating a scene, he didn't care that others in the line were staring at him, he didn't care ... he just cared that the clerk was being a jerk and he wasn't having any of it.

It was almost like Nick understood that these verbal putdowns and the clerks harsh attitude was the problem. Sure the money theft, later, was equally a problem. But in many ways the theft resulted from the attitude. The idea that blind people were a bother and taking advantage of them a rightful consequence to their daring even to enter a public place. Nick got pissed at the right time, for the right reason, at the right person. Most people with disabilities, indeed most people from any visible minority know, it starts with attitude and ends with practice.

Hurrah, Nick! For getting it. For doing something about it.

Disabled people shouldn't have to rely on knights in shining golf tees, there should be identifying features on bills so that the kindness of strangers is unnecessary, but until all that is in place ... Thank God (literally) for Nick and people like him.

So Nick, babe, I've got a crush on you, Sweetie Pie.


My Opposite Boys said...

Don't tell my husband but I have a crush too!

Andrea Shettle, MSW said...

"So Nick, babe, I've got a crush on you, Sweetie Pie."

Oh, no! Is Joe reading this?! Sshhhh!

Or does Joe share the same crush? ;-)

Amy said...

Here's a link if anyone wants to watch.

I have to admit, I'm crushing too! I'm going to have a smile on my face all day just because of our man Nick!

Reformed Anon. Girl in Pain said...

Actually Canadian bills have certain markings. you just have to look for them....with your fingers. :)
I'll be glad if American does too, it would require less concentration! they all look the same to me!

Nick is my new hero!

Soli Deo Gloria
Reformed Girl

Deborah said...

I wish I'd started out by getting the url from the comments here. Instead, I searched on my own and waded through the results on youtube. After watching the episodes about "bum-bashing" and "islamaphobia" I was already crying too much to find the episode in question.

malleycc said...

WOW good for him!!!!

deb said...

Oh, my...
I just told my husband he has major competition.

I am crushing on Nick, too.

Big time.

Go Nick!

Myrrien said...

I followed this on Patricia Bauer's blog yesterday to the ABC network and was astonished. Absolutely fantastic but how sad that it had to happen.

Rosemary said...

Oh, Nick, I love you, too!
He is one fine man.

rickismom said...

Israeli bills also have clear markings for the use of anyone who needs.

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