Glee

Glee

I am on the fence about Glee and its disabled character, Artie. ¬†I continue to watch the show, but after three seasons I still don’t know how I feel about the character’s portrayal. ¬†Certainly, this show is not realism and is not meant to be. ¬†It is absurd and over the top, the characters are not realistic, they are¬†caricatures. ¬† ¬†And that’s the fun of the show. The Good 1) Artie is treated just like all the other kids, as much of a loser and social outcast as the other gleeks 2) Artie is given romantic relationship plotlines 3) He is now part of the dance routines. ¬†In the first few episodes he was almost always with the band, over on the side, playing guitar. ¬†Eventually, though, they started putting him into the dance routines with the other...

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People can be dumb

This requires some serious...

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Extreme Ghostbusters

Extreme Ghostbusters

How about something positive for a change, a show that gets it right? In the mid-90s there was a cartoon show called The Extreme Ghostbusters. The idea is that a middle-aged Egon is teaching classes about paranormal stuff at a college when bad stuff starts happening and he recruits his class of four to become a new ghostbusters team. It was a little on the cheesy side, but pretty well written, especially for a spin off. One of the students is Garratt, a fearless adrenaline junkie in a wheelchair. His disability is very rarely mentioned, and no back story or explanation is given for it. There is only one episode where some FBI investigators mention that he was born disabled. He is a classic jock with a big heart, he is always ready to go in first and he’s...

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So much for my career ;)

Found this discussion topic at Amazon.com disability forum: In the current issue of NEW MOBILITY, Jody Michelle Powers writes: “Unless people have personal connections to the disability world, they have no business writing or speaking about disability issues. It’s that simple.” I went to find the article (I used to be subscribed to New Mobility, but I let it lapse), and read it on the author’s personal page. I understand and respect her point that she is not comfortable with non-disabled people speaking on her behalf. Certainly, a lot of my rants here are against shows and books that blatantly did not consult actual disabled people and relied on stereotype instead of doing real research. However, I also don’t think it’s as...

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Books

It turns out that there is a whole sub-genre of romance books about “wounded heros.” I had no idea! From what I can tell from the descriptions these seem to be usually over-the-top, sappy stories emphasizing the tragedy of the situation. Apparently, the hero is almost always bitter and angry about his disability and shuts himself away from the world until he is brought out of his shell by the feisty heroine. Far from perfect, but I guess it’s a start. I think it’s good to have sexy lead characters in romance novels that also have disabilities. I’m waiting for it to not be the main focus of the story! Also, I wonder where the female characters with disabilities are. I’ll have to dig and see if that plot exists in romance...

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