I may be in the minority amongst my community of the disabled but in my opinion the only envelope pushed by a show like this is the one containing a pay cheque across a table.
First let me say I have never met the girls and I am not putting them down and I have nothing against them, and hooray for them for the payday. But to put them on TV once a week as an example of “our community” is ludicrous. They are no more an example of the average wheelchair using disabled woman, than snooki is of young Italians!
I Because of my fulltime advocacy work for the disabled, have met literally thousands of disabled and otherwise abled men women and children. I grew up with cerebral palsy sufferers, as relatives a blind cousin also an amputee friend and my own son was born disabled. Out of all those people I consider all my friends beautiful, but to classify them Hollywood beautiful is while obviously wrong because real women don’t have a makeup and hair team at their disposal 24/7 it is also false.
I know maybe 4 women who would look like those girls and are paraplegic or quad or in a chair for any other reason, and of all my friends a wheelchair like their rides are for most nothing more than a pipe dream and none can afford to live in Hollywood.
Reality show? When does it get real?
I know amazing people who have multiple degrees and they rock wall climb they race chairs they own companies and yet where is their reality show? Where is the reality show about returned veterans with the closed head injury?
If you want a reality show about the disabled community, it would go something like this! they are In a hospital after a serious almost fatal injury and they thought they had good insurance. While they’re in the spinal unit fighting, their spouse is raising the family running the household still trying to keep their job and suddenly the insurance won’t pay. So now when the rest of the world is relaxing, they’re outside their partners hospital room on hold for forty minutes to eventually get a phone operator in Mumbai or the Philippines or Mexico who can’t help you even when you can understand them. Then the hospital starts sending bills with six figure numbers because the insurance company refused their invoice, and all the time you keep smiling and being your partners number one cheerleader and you cry yourself to sleep for the 2 hours before you get and do it all the next day.
Then if they are lucky enough to make it, after all that it starts again when the hospital suggests rehab and the need for a wheelchair.
That is the reality for most who become disabled from a serious injury everyone has their own version depending on the cause, and then you’re lucky if you get your prosthetic or wheelchair or medical device sometimes more than a year later because of bureaucracy.
I wish the cast of the push girls nothing but success, but please honesty time writers try including the average disabled person, include some wounded warriors and not just the ones working in the movies. Let’s make real reality TV not just commercials for blinged out chairs and designer clothes wrapped around a disabled person