So, to be a successful crip, one has to have a sense of humor: to be able to laugh at other’s ignorance, because, let’s face it, there will be LOTS…and, from people you thought knew you the most, we’ve found. The other, and more importantly, laugh at yourself. I’d be rich if I had a penny for all the crips I’ve come across that take themselves and their cripness too serious…SERIOUSLY!
Now, I’ve got a dark sense of humor. I’m the crip that’ll see something happen to another crip and giggle…because, I’ve been there, and probably did whatever with the same results as the poor sap I’m laughing at. Yeah, I’m that guy, who’ll be rolling when others are feeling sorry for the crip that has whatever befall (normally) him in movies. I don’t know it’s always a him crip…there should be equal opportunities here, right?
Anyhoo, take for instance, Friday the 13th Part 2 when Mark’s killed and bounces down the steps, I roll every time I watch that sequence for the absurdity of the whole sequence. There’s NO WAY he could go down those stairs backwards WITHOUT flipping over and out of the chair, which would’ve made the sequence that much more hilarious. First off, Dude, you were considering sex in a horror movie? Yeah, you had to go, wheelchair be damned.
Another sequence that shouldn’t be funny’s in the “heartwarming” Forrest Gump when Lt. Dan meets Forrest outside the studio in NY. It’s icy, and he’s on a ramp. Yeah, you see where I’m going with this. We don’t see the crash but hear it. We see the set up of him sliding and losing control. Been there, done that…hilarious stuff.
Of course, there’s Joe in Family Guy, who’s always getting ribbed for being a crip, “You’re like a half empty tube of toothpaste.” There’s another sequence where Peter needs to use Joe’s bathroom. There’s two commodes with various trapeze devices. Peter asks Joe how he uses them, and what the second’s for. Joe answers, “Blood.” That’s farfetched, but funny as hell. Yeah, sometimes we bleed, but not enough to need a separate commode.
Along the lines of Family Guy is Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky. There’s a sequence where the cat’s out of the back that Nicky’s the son of Satan, and everybody chases him, including a group of wheelchair dudes (again with the dudes) playing basketball. While they’re chasing him, a bus pulls out in from of them, and the whole group T bones the bus, landing in a bunch of bodies and chairs…haven’t done that one, but that they went there, is hilarious.
Those’re the ones that come to mind right off. The point being, don’t take yourself or the situation you’re in too seriously, crip or not.
Be good to each other.
PS. Then, there's Franklin from A Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Dude's such a douche, you can't wait for Leatherface to get to him!