Media and disability

Media and Disability

I personally think that the topic of disability has got a lot better within media over the past few years. There are now programs that are including disabled people. There is a big issue about it in today’s society. People think it is not acceptable to include disabled people in comedy shows just in case it offends them or viewers. However, if you have a look at the top comedians who have a disability you will see that their performance is based around their disability and that their routine is full of jokes that takes the mick out of their disability.

A few years ago when I was 10 or 11 there was a kids program called ‘Desperados’ a program about wheelchair basketball. The series included people like Ade Adepitan and David Proud. It was the first program I watched where the program was all about disability. It came around the same time that I was starting to understand about my disability. It helped me understand that just because I had a disability I was still able to do other things. It was then when I decided that I wanted to play basketball and do more sports. Three years ago the media covered one of the biggest sporting events. The Paralympics! It had more viewings than the Olympics why? There are a few reasons for this:

1. It proves how capable people who have disabilities are

2. The sports can be faster pace

3. People enjoy the sports

Since the media coverage of the Paralympics; TV shows, Films and even radio programs have started to increase. Recently my dad and I went to watch ‘Theory of everything’ at the cinema. Now, I don’t usually like the cinema as the big screen effects my hydrocephalus but I had heard so many good things about it that I could not miss the chance to see it. The film for those who have not seen it is about one of the most famous and well known Scientists Stephen Hawking. The film, directed by James Marsh, is the journey of his life so far and how he worked out those theories whilst battling his illness.

Eddie Redmayne who plays Hawking betrayed the character amazingly well and got awards for his role. Many friends have come to me and asked how I feel about an able bodied actor playing a guy in a wheelchair. My answer is this, as long as they are not trying to take a mick out of the disability then I think it is okay and I admire people who actually take an interest and want to know more about having a disability which Redmayne did.

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