Ninja Warrior: Nine slammed for disqualifying deaf ninja
THE disqualification of deaf Ninja Warrior contestant Paul Cashion has angered some viewers after his dream was ended on a technicality.
Cashion was disqualified on the first obstacle, where contestants have to hop from platform to platform across water, when his foot slipped in.
He made it across the obstacle but didn't hear the siren that signalled the end of his turn, moving on to the next challenge. He only realised his shot was over after his son, Josh, caught his attention and interpreted for him..
Viewers voiced their displeasure over the incident on social media, calling for the show to give Cashion another chance.
Others called the show out on "disgraceful editing".
#NinjaWarriorAU you cruel bastards, should've given the poor deaf bloke another chance 🖕🏻😠— Nikerl Vernitely (@Nooie_Noo) July 16, 2017
Channel 9 are going to go out and kick a puppy now ... after kicking out the deaf guy for a technicality. #ninjawarriorau— Daveo (@inflammatorydev) July 16, 2017
I felt so bad for the deaf contestant. How sad ☹️ #NinjaWarriorAU— Just🤦🏼♀️Joolzy (@Just_Joolzy) July 16, 2017
Holy shit #NinjaWarriorAU. Watching Paul, the deaf competitor, broke my heart 😢😢— Jordan (@jordle18) July 16, 2017
understand that rules are rules but the editing & the way it was handled was disgraceful, turns me off the show #NinjaWarriorAU— Tayla Richter (@tayla_richter) July 16, 2017
#ninjawarriorau execs 'So we have this footage of a deaf guy looking confused after being eliminated'. channel 9 'Oh show that, great TV!'— Daveo (@inflammatorydev) July 16, 2017
"I want all deaf people and all people with impairments to see me tonight and think that they can be on the show too," Cashion said before the challenge.