So, as I’d indicated earlier this summer – my husband and I love to watch cooking TV shows.
Massterchef is perhaps our least favorite, but this season I found a reason to watch in Christine Ha, the blind cook. From what I could assess from watching her use the cane, she’s not completely blind, but she certainly is legally so, much like myself.
But I have a secret to tell you – and it’s not that secret. I’m a terrible cook. So watching a woman with worse sight than me certainly makes me think that perhaps I can cook after all. Perhaps I can push harder and try with a little bit of help.
And she kept being on the show, and she kept beating the sighted contestants. And in the end, Christine Ha won against another chef, and took the title. Proving that cooking is all about how it tastes.
That being said, the rhetoric used around her on the show was pretty unpleasant. Some people when they had an advantage over her, used it to her disadvantage from her sight. They called her an angel, an inspiration. But what I want to know is – why did they not just choose to tell her that she was an amazing CHEF? Applauding her because she was blind seems silly. Applauding her because her food was good seems to be the right thing to do here.