Again, we probably don't know the whole story, but I don't think he's been treated any differently as far as the challenges. If they did, I don't think the producers would've created a few of the roadblocks and challenges they've done so far where hearing could be a factor in it.Originally Posted by steppemaster;3398817;
Again, I have not seen Margie and Luke ask for special treatment. They have been playing well and lived/fallen on their own hand.I point to the two Little People who not only are not asking for any special treatmant but have been wiping up the floor with a lot of other teams.
IMO it's a difference in attitude.
And - they weren't assessed two time penalties for not following instructions or breaking the rules. The one thing I did notice in the Chekhov one was that Margie did not sign much - one thing that could've easily been a way to help Luke out (i.e. she could've signed the equivalent of "Star Trek" - which is captioned so he could've read it - and he put together Chekhov, even if spelled differently with the added "H").
I'm going to base this on the game and not reality as I do not know either contestant - what you see as coddling I see as cheering on Luke in challenges. If she coddled him all the time, I could have seen her do what he wanted to do on all the detours such as the pie throwing one. They both have pushed each other at times in this race, and other times, yes taken it easy on the other one.They [the stuntment] obviously care about each other and they also challenge each other too.
I don't see Margie doing that for Luke.
I see an anxious mother who seems to want to coddle her son.
That doesn't do him any favors IMO.
The stuntmen I will agree on, they do care for each other and challenge each other. However, I think at times the are also a bit arrogant and naive - they were almost eliminated in India for choosing a physical task that required them to look through hay to find basically a needle in the haystack. Had the two flight attendants not had to do the speedbump they'd been eliminated for a poor choice.
But, I like both so I'm digressing here.
Been there and done that (I have asthma and played sports, even won a state medal). I see that too with Margie and Luke - they've pushed through it with a good attitude, maybe not 95 percent, but a decent one. Save this leg (where there are six teams in there), they have been in the middle to top half of the pit stops, even winning a couple.Being an athlete and competing against othher athletes I can tell you that almost everyone has some sort of "drawback" or lack of ability or "problem" they have to overcome.
When I first started training and was upset because of certain physical drawbacks I had, my trainer told me that winning was 5% ability and 95% attitude.
And he's been right.
I still think we're not seeing the whole story here - and hope that they'll clarify this case when they do their exit interview. IMHO, I still maintain that CBS would not have allowed him to compete unless he could in some way interact with the hearing public. When Christi was on "Survivor," she could read lips. It's too much of a risk for him to get lost and not be able to "Say" anything such as "How do I get to [place]" and other basics (yes even with a route marker).Seeing Luke dependent on his mother to communicate with the rest of the world AND his wanting to be in a race with non-Deaf people in a non-Deaf world creates a real dichotomy and conflict.
IMO LUke has to choose--is he going to do whatever it takes to be independent? Or is he going to always be relying on his Mom to help him get by?
He's in his 20s--most men are independent of their parents by that time.
And frankly - we all have points we are "Deaf" in that we sometimes cannot communicate with another person, be it outside noise around us or - as we see here - a foreign language.
I would still suggest - and hopefully this might be cleared up in their exit interview someday - that in the case of the race, they did not use pen and paper because they didn't want another racer to steal their information. It's also something I wish we would know about - what if the rules say they cannot have pen and paper with them for whatever reason - since we've seen they do not carry their cells and must borrow someone's if they need to make reservations. (If nothing else, this theory would be similar to the incident where the stuntmen were penalized for hiding the airpumps - an odd issue).Btw--most Deaf people I know carry notepaper and pen in order to communicate in less than ideal circumstances when they leave Deaf culture and go out into the hearing world.
My impression--growing stronger every week--is that Margie is trying to keep Luke dependent on her.
And, as we all know, this game takes them to countries where pen and paper may not be helpful as they cannot speak the same language. However, this might also explain why there has been a sudden abundance of clues at times (two is at least one more than I've seen in the past seasons of the show), of picture clues to show a location.
I would hope that Margie would not make Luke dependent on her just in case something did happen to her. If nothing else, her faint during the race should wake her up to that fact and encourage Luke to learn how to read lips or make sure to keep a pen and paper/electronic blueberry type thing available so he can communicate with the world around him just in case Margie cannot.
And - even if he is in his 20s, this isn't something he can't still learn. I had a roommate who was in her mid-40s from Taiwan who was learning to improve her English. She also succeeded.