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Two Articles!

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As I mentioned before, I've had some interviews with a couple different newspapers. Here are the articles they wrote for me, both of which ran yesterday, Thursday October 2nd. (Lindsey Carmichael Appreciation Day, indeed!) I am happiest with the first one, printed here in our little hometown newspaper. Such wonderful writing! Mike Parker really captured the heart of my story.

Carmichael Brings Bronze Medal Home
by Mike Parker
North Lake Travis Log, 10/2/08
**Loads as a 3.6mb PDF file, may take a while.


Lago Vista Archer Relishes Paralympic Bronze
by Mike Leggett
Austin American Statesman, 10/2/08


As a side note, I feel it necessary to mention that the Statesman article took a quotation of mine out of context and used it in a way that made me uncomfortable. I emailed the reporter to see if they might edit the online version of the article a tiny bit, but he dismissed me with a quick apology and so far I've not heard back from the Sports Editor. I am still getting asked about it, so I'd like to clear the record.

My friends and family have been giving me a hard time about the last paragraph of the article, asking me if I have... unusual dating habits. My own best friend called as soon as she saw it and told me in all seriousness that she never knew I was into such kinky things. I did a bit of a double-take and had to re-read the article. I'd previously thought the ending was a bit abrupt, and an odd way to finish the story, but until others started asking me about the odd turn of phrase, I hadn't seen how it could be taken in such an unfortunate way. Here's how the article ends:

Now that she's been a part of the Olympic team and spent time around the other athletes, she's developed affection for other sports. Her favorite?

"I tend to like the guys without arms and legs, like the wheelchair rugby guys," she said. "They're just fun to be around."



As you can see, I'm a little dismayed by this. I'm not doubting the quote itself, but it was taken out of context. I thought perhaps more of the article was cut off due to space, but the reporter assures me he wrote it that way on purpose.

I remember trying to talk about how I liked wheelchair rugby. It's a very cool sport to watch, and I have friends on the team, most of whom are quadriplegics. There is only one player on the team, Nick Springer, who is missing both legs and has arms that end just past the elbows. In fact, the Statesman has a photo of him shouting at an opponent, in the Statesman's Paralympics photo gallery. I could see how this might be offensive to him, or to some of his teammates, and that's the last thing I want to do.

So. For the record, I like watching wheelchair rugby. I think those guys are a lot of fun to hang around. One of the coolest of the team members is a guy with no arms or legs, named Nick. He is cute and sweet, and I wouldn't mind going out for coffee with him or some of the other players, on the basis of liking them for themselves--not their disabilities. However, I do not personally have a particular attraction to men with certain disabilities. They are people, just like I am. If a guy told me he tended to like the girls on crutches, I think I would feel creeped out enough to start looking into a restraining order. See what I mean? It's just not a good thing to say. I am sorry I was unable to articulate my thoughts better, and sorry that the reporter seemed to think it was such a moving statement that it had to conclude an article read by half the city of Austin.

So, no harm is meant by my original statement, and there's nothing more to read into it but face value. I don't want to offend the Statesman by clarifying this on my blog, but even more, I don't want to offend any disabled readers. So. Sorry for any confusion. Thank you all for your understanding.

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signor_ferrari
Oct. 5th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I remember reading that line, but I didn't pick up on it in the vein that you're concerned about, for whatever that's worth. That said, I can understand why it bothers you taken out of context. Sorry that turned out in such a way, as the article should have just focused on what you accomplished.
spamchang
Oct. 6th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
Oof, that's a rough one. But hopefully everyone in town has seen Murderball, so they'll understand.

Who in the heck uses the word affection for anything platonic these days?
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