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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Not Just A Story Any More

It seems when movies are made about people with disabilities, it is becoming as confusing as the words as ableism and inspirational porn. Even as recently when Jamie Foxx played Ray Charles, I do not remember this conversation being raised of an abled body actor playing a person with a disability. Maybe at that time it was still important that the story was being told, rather than how it was being told?
This conundrum goes back farther then the time of William Shakespeare, when men played the rolls of women. When I go see a movie, I think to myself this is an actor trying to play a person with a disability and the whole time I am think what the real person is like.
Someone could say, so why did you refuse to use an ACC device? Would it have been enough to tell my story, or did I want people to see the person. Now everyone gets to tell their “story” with tweets and posts, but does that really let people get to know the person be hide the keyboard?
When I watch the show Speechless, I do ponder if any of the writers have a disability themselves, or if they have a group of gimp consultants that has been in the situations that are on the show? I often think, if King Gimp came out now would it have the same acceptance that it did?

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