This Blind Film Critic Will Make You Laugh and Rethink How You See the World at the Same Time
Tommy Edison is a radio personality, YouTube sensation and film critic who has been blind since birth, according to his website. His online videos and movie reviews are not only comical and entertaining, but they also offer a glimpse into what it’s like living in a world without sight.
“I watch movies and pay attention to them in a different way than sighted people do,” Edison says on his website. “I’m not distracted by all the beautiful shots and attractive people. I watch a movie for the writing and acting.”
Edison’s reviews are popular on his YouTube channel Blind Film Critic, where he combines his goofy sense of humor with real insight into how well the film expressed the plot through dialogue, as opposed to visuals.
His motto is “No spoilers. I don’t even know what happened,” according to The Guardian.
Famed film critic Roger Ebert used to share Edison’s movie reviews on his blog, and the clips have also appeared on Comedy Central’s show Tosh.0, as well as several other news outlets like CNN and NBC, according to The Blind Film Critic website.
Edison also created The Tommy Edison Experience YouTube channel, where he answers common question about being blind and adds a touch of his signature humor.
He chooses questions from users, happily explores the topics and then posts the videos to his page, he told The Guardian.
When asked about what falling in love is like for a blind person, Edison had this to say to the outlet:
I do it backwards. People look at a person in a bar or something like that and think: my God, I’ve got to talk to them. Then after you get talking you learn what their mind is like. I do it the other way. I learn somebody’s mind first and then I learn what they look like afterwards. I think that’s wonderful.
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