Very strange to use that reference, esp. in the eventing section, since the ENTIRE American public knows of C. Reeve's accident and the 2 women I was with when I was flipping through the catalogue -- neither of them riders, but their kids do -- were astounded that the reference was used. This accident is seared into the minds of everyone, b/c I never NOT hear a reference about it from the non-riding folk.
"Superman" transcends Chris Reeve's terrible accident. He himself was perhaps most identified as Superman, but I would say that the inverse is true -- that Superman is most identified with him. Superman has been a part of American culture since 1932.
Last edited by AmmyByNature; Apr. 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM.
Reason: improperly placed apostrophe
Huh? I am in my 60's and remember the CR fall very well (I fell the same way and also broke my neck. Fortunately it did not sever my spinal cord, but because of this, I am especially aware of his horrible fall.)
And I never would have made the connection between a reference to Superman and CR.
Superman is Superman. CR was one of several actors who played the role.
This world has become so PC that just about everything can be taken in the wrong way if you are looking for it.
When I think of Christopher Reeve, I don't usually think of the Superman movies. I think of the crappy "Somewhere in Time" movie that he was in with Jane Seymour. I saw it many times on HBO when I was a kid.
I watched CR's fall and it spurred a discussion with my father that led to me being banned from riding for the remainder of high school (ie. living at home). I would have made the connection, certainly, between CR and Superman, but I don't see it as offensive at all. As others have stated, Superman is greater than one actor. Which takes nothing away from the tragedy of the situation, but I'm not inclined to be so sensitive.
Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.