Representation In Media

Part of the reason why disabled people are misunderstood is the way we are shown in movies or TV shows .   Despite being 10% of the population , we are scarcely part of normal shows.  We often become a part of  “a very special episode” in which the main character complains about their mundane lives until they meet some sad freak of nature and then they realize that life could be so much worse; they could be disabled.  Usually the actor is able bodied and made-up to look like Quasimoto.  The hunchback in question is so pathetic, yet inspirational and praised for accomplishing normal tasks in the most slapstick way possible.  A few shows and movies are doing it right by treating disabled people as actual people.  We will explore some of these examples in the upcoming posts.

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