> There was a gentleman on the old IMDb forum who took SK to task for the idea that Nick would be picked-on because of his disability. [...] I was forced to disagree with him and nothing, including telling him of things that I experienced, would change his mind.
I'd go along with you 100% on this. Being different puts one at hazard of being harassed, etc. Creating outcasts seems to be part of the human condition. As someone else put it:
What Christ should have said was “Yea, verily, whenever two or three of you are gathered together, some other guy is going to get the living shit knocked out of him.” Shall I tell you what sociology teaches us about the human race? I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Show me a man or woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we call “society.” Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll reinvent warfare.
> Having said this, I stand by what I said in that thread, long deleted. Nick's treatment by King was not realistic and he would not be made a leader.
In a normal world, with a large group, I agree. Leaders with disabilities (e.g., FDR, JFK, Hitler) have gone to great lengths to hide them. There's a reason for that.
In this case, though, it's a very small group. When the committee was formed, Boulder had less that a thousand people. I suppose it might be different if most or nearly all the citizens had got the chance to meet Nick et al
I'm not saying I disagree with you, but the lack of realism here is something I can shrug off. What bothered me more was that four of the committee are under 30. I don't think that would happen in real life. With age comes maturity, wisdom, and experience. But of course my "small group" argument applies here too.