Thinking back to the Garland-Thomson article, I particularly associate the image of the man in the wheelchair with the hockey stick and the exotic rhetoric that it conveys. I see that man in Mark Zupan, who as described by some of the other guys in the film, can seem very imposing with his physical build and tattoos, that being just a very on the surface view of Mark Zupan. But what I could gather from what we saw of the video, as there is to any person, there is more than just physical appearance. Mark got himself physically fit so as to give himself the best opportunity to perform well when playing murderball.
A lot of what the guys were saying at first were very raw emotional reactions to what people had said inconsiderately. I relate this to what we have been discussing with ableism, in particular what Christa brought up in her extension. Part of the ongoing cycle of ableism is the un-sureness that people have and the uncomfortability that might be felt when they see someone who looks or does something different from what they deem “normal”. In that kind of situation, if you do not embrace that feeling, it can be detrimental to a person’s well-being. As the guys have brought up, they wanted to be treated the same way they were before they had their accidents (accidents for most of them). They might do things a bit differently, but they are still the same person. I believe with a film like Murderball, as raw and maybe even provocative it might be, it throws the viewer into a situation they potentially might not have been before. Sometimes we all just need a push in order to experience something new so that we can move past that initial fear or un-sureness.