Have you seen this TED talk by Maysoon Zayid? At around 11:50 in her stand-up routine she says something pretty profound that hadn’t really occurred to me before, despite having people with special needs in my life since I was a little girl:
“People with disabilities are the largest minority population in the world, and we are the most under-represented in entertainment.”
She makes a good point. Can you think of a movie about or including a person with special needs? How about a movie about/including a person with special needs where that person is played by someone with special needs? It’s a lot harder, isn’t it?
Try to think of something other than The Ringer, since I gave that one away.
Posted in education, Fame Day, history
Tagged cerebral palsy, CP, disability, discrimination, Fame Day, Hungary, Kids of Widney High, Maysoon Zayid, Orphanage, Special Education, Special Needs, Ted, The Ringer, Ukraine
“There is nothing new in art except talent,” words by Anton Chekhov that I was forced to look up because I’ve already cited Ecclesiastes in a prior post. They’re also words that I feel forced to grasp firmly on to as I’m faced with the deluge of television spin-offs soon to flood your televisions and my laptop with more and more of the same. With that being the worst case scenario, of course.
That being said, I’m going to try my best to take the stance I typically take on these sorts of things, which is that ultimately execution trumps everything else. Chances are that you wouldn’t have thought that a movie about a guy with his arm trapped under a rock would be able to hold your attention, but 127 Hours is great. The premise of a work of art does not damn it, though it certainly colours how audiences choose to approach and experience that work. Continue reading
Posted in bizarreness, media, money, television, writing, zombies
Tagged ABC, AMC, better call saul, Breaking Bad, CBS, Gil Thorpe, How I Met Your Father, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, popular, premise, saul goodman, spin-off, spinoff, stuff, Ted, television, The Walking Dead, things, TV