Occasioned by seeing this in a TWoP recap of American Idol:
Simon calls her “gloomy” and congratulates her for even showing up, which coming from Simon is like getting a gold medal that says “Special Olympics” when you turn it over.
World, please stop saying, “[Achieving something you think is awesome but it’s actually pathetic] is like winning a gold medal at the Special Olympics!”
A Special Olympics gold medal is not a dummy prize. It is awarded to world-class* athletes who have managed to beat dozens of other world-class athletes to achieve a distinction to which very few people can aspire. Special Olympics gold medalists think their medals are awesome because they actually are awesome.
You might try this instead: “[Achieving something you think is awesome but it’s actually pathetic] is like making ablist jokes for cheap laughs that are both unfunny and deeply stupid!”
Aw, doesn’t have the same ring?
*I should here note that the Special Olympics is in fact also run on a community, regional and national level – but when people say this, I think they say it in comparison to the Olympic Games. The motto of the Special Olympics, by the way, is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” That sure sounds non-competitive to me!