At the movie theatre earlier today I was at the front of the line to get some nachos and a soda when I noticed a blind woman with her mentally challenged friend, and they were having a tough time making it to the front of the line for some reason. So listening to my finely tuned moral compass, I decided I could wait an extra minute or two for my nachos in order to let them pass in front of me. The man behind me commented that what I did was nice and I mentioned that it’s not like I couldn’t miss a preview.
This experience put me smack dab in the middle of one the most long-standing and heated debates today regarding whether or not people with mental and certain other disabilities should be allowed at the movies. I can understand both sides of the argument.
Upon entering the movie I was startled to find that I missed the first 30 seconds of the movie. Those who argue against them being allowed at the movies would have a valid argument that if they weren’t there, I would have easily made the beginning of the movie. They would also argue that there are already movies made for blind people. It’s called the radio.
My beliefs on this subject lean towards allowing them to go the movies, but during certain time blocks, like say…on Tuesday from noon to 4. That seems like a win-win for everybody involved, and being able to solve the problem without being unfair to anyone makes me feel good on the inside, and I like that feeling.
I think it makes sense to warn people when there may be special people at the movies. Maybe a scrolling bar across the TV screen like when there’s a tornado warning. Possibly the people who run the Amber Alert System will selflessly share their technology and we can kill two disabled birds with one stone.
Either way, this debate isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. Like abortion, Gun control, and women in the Olympics, this ultra-charged subject will most likely remain unresolved for years to come.