Australian Ninja Warrior Under Fire After Deaf Contestant’s Disqualification

"Shame on you Channel 9."

Australian Ninja Warrior Under Fire After Deaf Contestant’s Disqualification

Image: Channel 9 

Viewers were quick to share their outrage on Twitter last night when deaf cricketer Paul Cashion was given poor notification that he was disqualified during the challenge.

In Paul’s introduction, he stated: “I want all deaf people and all people with impairments to see me tonight and think that they can be on the show too.”

His appearance on the show, however, left viewers very upset with Channel 9.

In the very first obstacle, Paul’s foot slipped and just brushed the water before he quickly recovered and continued on. This is an automatic disqualification.

What had viewers outraged, however, was that Paul was notified of his disqualification with the sound of a buzzer, with no additional visual signs. This meant that folks in the crowd and at home had to watch him continue through the course thinking he still had a chance.

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It wasn’t until his step-son stepped in and communicated to Paul to stop, that he was finally made aware. Viewers at home were less than impressed with how the situation was handled, and how the show had dragged out the moment.

“They literally just used someone's disability to push the show, and then go and embarrass him like that,” @bvlmabriefs wrote.

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