Lisy's Thoughts on Disability in Film & TV

Mar 27

Disabled characters are written into stories for one reason: the disability. Do most people actually believe real disabled people spend our days obsessing about being cured? Or rhapsodizing about killing ourselves? Here is the truth: Disabled people barely ever even think about our disabilities. When we do think about them, it’s usually because we are dealing with an oppressive, systemic problem, such as employment discrimination. Can’t there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? Where the topic doesn’t ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.

The vast majority of writers who have used disabled characters in their work are not people with disabilities themselves. Because disabled people have been peripheral for centuries, we’ve been shut out of the artistic process since the beginning. As a result, the disabled characters we’re presented with usually fit one or more of the following stereotypes: Victim, Villain, Inspiration, Monster. And the disabled character’s storyline is generally resolved in one of a few ways: Cure, Death, Institutionalization.

” — Susan Nussbaum, Disabled Characters in Fiction (via kassapti)

(Source: worn-whorehouse-stairs, via flutterflyinvasion)

Mar 20

Finally Grey’s Anatomy looking at the perks of having an impairment:

"I think you broke my leg! It’s OK, I have another one in the car."

Mar 19

BBC - Blogs - EastEnders News & Spoilers - Lisa Hammond joins EastEnders -

Mar 18

yourmediahasproblems:

a girl once told me that we didn’t need disabled representation in the media because “the media is where we go to forget about our problems”

sorry, I didn’t realize that disabled people are “problems” we need to get away from or “forget” you ableist shit

(via particlecollisions)

Mar 13

The beauty of scars

Mar 10

Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer kiss in new The Normal Heart trailer -

Julia Roberts. Not an actual paraplegic actress. But, what else would you expect from Ryan fucking Murphy.

Mar 09

Able-Bodied Actors and Disability Drag: Why Disabled Roles are Only for Disabled Performers | Balder and Dash | Roger Ebert -

Mar 08

Inside the mind of Saga Noren -

Baffled that the Beeb filed this under “health” rather than “entertainment”. It’s about a TV character!

Feb 13

New York Fashion Week Features First-Ever Model In Wheelchair -

Feb 10

Call the Midwife's most controversial storyline yet as disabled boy and girl fall in love and have a baby -