Yesterday the new ABC drama The Good Doctor premiered. I have had my concerns about the show ever since I first saw the trailer in May. All of my concerns have now been validated. The show's portrayal of autism is deeply stereotypical and like so many portrayals of autism centres around an essentially magical autistic … Continue reading The Good Doctor Lives Up to Expectations as Stereotypical Inspiration Porn
"It's just one story" or so people keep telling me when I protest the lack of diversity in both autism narratives and characters in the media. The thing is that's exactly the problem. Film and television have basically been writing fan fiction about the same autistic character in different scenarios for decades. This character is … Continue reading When People Use Diversity to Defend Sameness in Autism Narratives
Image Description: Promotional poster for the upcoming ABC show The Good Doctor. The title appears in blue over a grainy black and white image of half of series star Freddie Highmore's face (he is a young white man with dark hair). In contrast to the black and white, his eyes are a vibrant blue. Yesterday, … Continue reading But You Haven’t Seen it Yet: Why Critiquing Marketing of Future Portrayals of Disability is Important
I get it, as far as popular culture and the media are concerned disability doesn't exist. Disability isn't real, it's just a metaphor. You know how I know this? The complete lack of actual disabled people in the media. Yet the media doesn't ignore disability. They make movies about "disability", they have "disabled" characters in … Continue reading The Media and the Imaginary Disabled Person
The following post contains spoilers for the CW show The Flash Television shows based on DC Comics generally do pretty well in representing women and people of colour. In fact cast members and the creative team of The Flash recently patted themselves on the back for this. But the Flash has a problem with disability … Continue reading Hey DC Comics and The Flash, Diversity Covers Disability Too!