Letter of the week
I CANNOT believe that people are calling for Cerrie Burnell to be taken off our screens; whatever happened to equality? After reading Rachel Moore's article (February 27) I thought I would seek the opinion of my daughter Grace, who is aged three-and-a-half.
I CANNOT believe that people are calling for Cerrie Burnell to be taken off our screens; whatever happened to equality?
After reading Rachel Moore's article (February 27) I thought I would seek the opinion of my daughter Grace, who is aged three-and-a-half. She has watched Cerrie on the TV several times and has not once mentioned the fact that Cerrie's hand is missing.
I showed Grace the photo of Cerrie in The Journal and her first question was 'what is wrong with that man?' She was looking at the opposite page that had the HSE advert which shows a man falling off the ladder (the picture quite upset her).
Grace then commented on the photo of Jade and asked 'Why hasn't that lady got any hair?'' When she finally saw Cerrie she just said that's the lady off the telly.
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I think adults should give our children a bit more credit, the younger generation are very accepting of people regardless of their disability unlike the supposed 'grown-ups' who seem to see the disability first and then the person.
Grace is more frightened of Scobby Doo than she is of Cerrie's missing arm.
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I think we should all admire Cerrie for achieving what she has, she is a good role model for the children showing that you can achieve great things regardless of what life throws at you. She should be seen as an inspiration to our children not a monster.
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