Ask McFartnuggets: “Is it Pointless to Give Blind People a Standing Ovation?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
If there’s a blind performer either singing or tap dancing and they’re doing a great job you want to show your appreciation with a standing ovation, but the can’t see you standing so why do people still do it? Wouldn’t it be easier to just say to blind people “Okay we will clap for you if you do a good job, but if you’re REALLY good then we’ll make owl noises like HOOO HOOO HOOOO HOOOO HOOO HOOOOOOO!!!” Don’t you think that might be a little easier? Then the blind people hear the owl noises and it makes them feel extra special. Why isn’t this the way people handle this situation? It’s only hurting the blind people really. -- Fran from Tampa Bay, Florida

Dear Fran:
I’m pretty sure experienced visually impaired people can hear the difference between seated applause and standing applause. If they’re musicians or singers then they likely have a very strongly trained ear so it’s not out implausible that they could detect the rise in height. Also you should be able to hear people standing up out of their chairs. Some visually impaired people use sonar clicking with their tongues to see where objects are. I think if you can pull that off, knowing you’re getting a standing ovation would be child’s play. Never underestimate the visually impaired!

Good thing they can't see that jacket either.

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