Blind People Tell Us Which Questions Annoy Them the Most | Blind People Describe | Cut


– People ask me, so how
do you go to the bathroom? I don’t know. I learned when I was little. I’ve never known any other way. I don’t really know how
to answer their question. (slow upbeat music) My name is Mack Potts
and I’m a piano player. – I’m Cindy and I’m a PhD student. – Yeah, I am. Total blind. – I was born totally blind. – Oh my God, annoying things people ask. (sigh) – How much time do you
think we have today? – How do you do your job? – How could you find the bus, you’re blind – Can I pray for you? Can I bless you? – How do blind people have sex? Well, some of the most intimate things are done in the dark, anyway. Think about it, you visual people. – Do you see anything? Do you see any sun, can you see any light? – You can see, can’t you? – Sir, how long have you been, uhm, visually…. You mean blind? And they’re like, “Yeah, yeah, that.” And, like, it’s okay. – People wanna know
how I’ve lost my vision and, like, I don’t really
wanna talk about that with strangers, you know? – I think it’s a very personal question and usually it’s irrelevant. – You know let’s just be real,
the elephant’s in the room. – I feel like they are probably imagining that they don’t know what they would do or how they would function
if they lost their vision so they, like, can’t even
articulate a specific question to ask me. – Uh, yes, there’s a lot. If I am walking down the street trying to find an
establishment or an address but I’m confused, I’ll say, “Oh, excuse me.” I can hear people walking
by, they won’t answer, they’ll just keep walking. Or they’ll try to stay quiet, thinking that I won’t
know that they’re there. – So, sometimes I’m saying something and I might offend someone and they just kind of walk away in the middle of a conversation so I’m suddenly talking to myself. – Because you are blind, you
can’t wear fancy dresses. – Because I like it. – Oh, well, I’m totally in your situation because, like, three months ago I twisted my ankle and
I had to use a crutch for, like, a week, so I
totally understand your world. And I’m like, “Uhhhh…not exactly.” And I don’t wanna, like, discredit those experiences that people have but they have no idea. – I have dated some blind people and sometimes people will be like, “Hey, do you realize your
girlfriend’s beautiful?” I’m pretty sure they already felt like whatever I look like is beautiful and they don’t need someone
in public to let them know. – Sometimes people talk to
me in my ear really loud like I’m deaf and I’m really confused because they think that blind
people have better hearing but then they yell right in our ear. – The most annoying thing
people do is grab me. – They’ll grab you. – Grab a hold of my arm
and start pulling me. – Pull you along. – Pull me by the arm. – Push me. – To let me know that it’s okay to cross the street or
go through the door. – And I have to just politely go, “No, I take your elbow.” – Get your fucken hands off me, you know? I don’t know what’s happening, I don’t know if I’m gonna be mugged or if they’re just trying to, and they’re, “I’m just trying to help.” I’m like, “Well, great,
but please use your words.” – They should be asking first, “Do you need any help?” You know, talk to normally. – And let me have the
opportunity to respond whether I want you to help me or not. – I do think being a young woman contributes to my anxiety
and frustration about this because I’m always somewhat
alert, living in a city. – If I’m about to fall down some stairs or there’s, like, a giant
pit I’m about to step into, feel free to grab me to save my life, but if it’s just ’cause you think that I can’t cross fourth
avenue on my own, back up. – Sometimes I need the
help and I ask for help and I’m totally willing to accept help. – I think people, for
the most part, mean well. – You know, they’re trying to help but they don’t know how to help. – There’s tons of blind
people in this city going around, doing things every day, working, playing, at the
bar, wherever, right? It’s kind of crazy, actually, just some of the strange things that people believe about somebody that they don’t know anything about.

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