New York Gov. Paterson Slams Saturday Night Live Parody Skit

New York Governor David Paterson spoke out against the Saturday Night Live skit that mocked his blindness.

“I can take a joke,” Paterson told the Daily News on Sunday. “But only 37% of disabled people are working, and I’m afraid that that kind of third-grade humor certainly adds to this atmosphere.”

Saturday Night Live regular Fred Armisen impersonated the blind governor in a skit that not only poked fun at his handicap but also his past drug use, and portrayed him as a disoriented politician “caught totally off guard and…comically unprepared to take office.”

The National Federation of the Blind also spoke out against the SNL skit. “The biggest problem faced by blind people is not blindness itself, but the stereotypes held by the general public,” spokesman Chris Danielsen said. “The idea that blind people are incapable of the simplest tasks and are perpetually disoriented and befuddled is absolutely wrong.”

Color on the Cover: Governor David Paterson on New York Magazine

Dubbing him Gov. Nice Guy, city magazine New York profiles New York state Governor David Paterson in their latest cover story.

In the article, Paterson–who stepped in for now-defunct, prostitute-loving Eliot Spitzer–says, “My favorite peeve is the term ‘accidental governor.'”