As a vision teacher who works with individuals who are partially or totally blind, I was VERY offended by the protrayal of Governor Patterson of New York during the Weekend Update segment. It not only made fun of someone who is visually impaired, it also made them look like they act like that all of the time and are not capable of functioning as a normal human being. Needless to say, after the first minute or so, I changed the channel and did not go back to the rest of the show during the evening. I was enjoying Steve Martin as host and looked forward to seeing other segments, but was so turned off by the Patterson bit that I could not. My husband and I do look forward every Sat. to watch SNL and do enjoy the political parodies, but to make fun and do a spoof on a disability is despicable and I am thinking twice of watching SNL from now on. I also understand that Gov. Patterson himself had a grievance against this and I say more power to him! I am very proud that he is a governor and is out there doing his job despite having a handicap. I would say Obams also would agree with this!
Think next time before doing a bit when it deals with disabilities, writers!!!