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(It is) positive discrimination in my book.' The BBC received nine formal complaints, but the CBeebies website was buzzing with comments, some so vicious they had to be taken down.One person suggested that it wouldn't be quite so bad if Cerrie could just pull down her cardigan sleeve a bit so viewers wouldn't have to see her stump.For them, things have moved on greatly, but disabled people are still struggling to fight prejudice every day.'I am absolutely confident that I was given this job on my abilities alone.This attitude still exists precisely because there are so few people with disabilities on television, so, no, I wasn't surprised.'You always hope that things have moved on, and it's the same kind of discrimination that black and Asian actors faced 25 years ago.I can't remember what exactly prompted me to stop, but I do remember feeling that this was me, this was how I was born, and if I was happy with it then I couldn't see why others couldn't accept me the way I was, too.'Everyone is different and my prosthetic limb was greatly cramping my life, so it had to go.'Cerrie has refused to wear a prosthetic arm ever since, unless, of course, an acting part specifically requires it, insisting that she be judged on her abilities alone rather than try to conform to others' rather narrow parameters as to what a performer, especially a female one, should look like.And let's face it, in today's increasingly body-obsessed, cosmetically enhanced, gym-honed, teethwhitened, manicured society, most female television presenters appear to have been pressed from the same easy-on-the-eye identikit mould. For me, it was the best job in the world.' However, within days of her debut presenting Discover and Do, with Alex Winters in January, the first negative comments started to trickle in.
'When you are not used to seeing normal people, let alone disabled people, then anyone like me is going to create a stir.
I don't feel angry towards the parents, and if anything I'm pleased that all this has opened up the debate.