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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Alcott's perfect response to McGuire furore


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Wheelchair tennis star and The Footy Show panellist Dylan Alcott has given a wonderful response to the Eddie McGuire coin toss controversy.

McGuire apologised and said that he felt "physically ill" after making disparaging comments about a coin toss by academic and former journalist Cynthia Banham before the Sydney Swans' first home game of this season.

Banham is a double amputee who lost both her legs after the Garuda Indonesia plane crash at Yogyakarta in 2007, which killed 21 people.

Alcott said that he has spoken to McGuire and found him genuinely remorseful, but also explained that such comments were reflective of the constant discrimination faced by disabled people.

“I spoke to Eddie today about it and he’s super remorseful, he had absolutely no idea Cynthia had a disability. And if he knew that, he said that he wouldn’t have said it and I believe him,” Alcott said on Wednesday night.

“There are a lot of people saying he should lose his job and things like that, and you know what, we all make a mistakes.

“But for a lot of people with a disability, the reason that it struck such a chord with the disabled community is, I’ve been in a wheelchair my whole life, we’re always compared to the 'able-bodied way' of doing it, and if you can’t do it the able-bodied, normal way, then you get discriminated against, you get ridiculed and you don’t even get jobs.

“If I’m honest with you, before all this happened (Alcott’s increased profile), that happened to me all the time.

“The reason it’s so good that it’s been brought up is, I’m not saying you can’t take the p--- out of people with a disability; I would not be on this show otherwise. You’ve always got to have a joke about the people that you are.

“There are four and a half million Australians with a disability and you can’t see a lot of those disabilities. So the next time you see somebody doing something differently, let’s not bag them because of it, let’s say good on you for doing it in whatever way that you can.

“I think it’s so awesome that this has come up so everybody can learn, because I’m always learning about things that I don’t know as well, and then we can just move on and bloody enjoy the footy.”

Alcott's comments were greeted with a warm round of applause from the audience.

"Beautifully said, mate, beautifully said," host Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann told Alcott, while panellist Brendan Fevola added: "Well said."

Wheelchair tennis star and The Footy Show panellist Dylan Alcott has given a wonderful response to the Eddie McGuire coin toss controversy.

McGuire apologised and said that he felt "physically ill" after making disparaging comments about a coin toss by academic and former journalist Cynthia Banham before the Sydney Swans' first home game of this season.

Banham is a double amputee who lost both her legs after the Garuda Indonesia plane crash at Yogyakarta in 2007, which killed 21 people.

Alcott said that he has spoken to McGuire and found him genuinely remorseful, but also explained that such comments were reflective of the constant discrimination faced by disabled people.

“I spoke to Eddie today about it and he’s super remorseful, he had absolutely no idea Cynthia had a disability. And if he knew that, he said that he wouldn’t have said it and I believe him,” Alcott said on Wednesday night.

“There are a lot of people saying he should lose his job and things like that, and you know what, we all make a mistakes.

“But for a lot of people with a disability, the reason that it struck such a chord with the disabled community is, I’ve been in a wheelchair my whole life, we’re always compared to the 'able-bodied way' of doing it, and if you can’t do it the able-bodied, normal way, then you get discriminated against, you get ridiculed and you don’t even get jobs.

“If I’m honest with you, before all this happened (Alcott’s increased profile), that happened to me all the time.

“The reason it’s so good that it’s been brought up is, I’m not saying you can’t take the p--- out of people with a disability; I would not be on this show otherwise. You’ve always got to have a joke about the people that you are.

“There are four and a half million Australians with a disability and you can’t see a lot of those disabilities. So the next time you see somebody doing something differently, let’s not bag them because of it, let’s say good on you for doing it in whatever way that you can.

“I think it’s so awesome that this has come up so everybody can learn, because I’m always learning about things that I don’t know as well, and then we can just move on and bloody enjoy the footy.”

Alcott's comments were greeted with a warm round of applause from the audience.

"Beautifully said, mate, beautifully said," host Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann told Alcott, while panellist Brendan Fevola added: "Well said."

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