Ableism, outlined as discrimination or oppression based mostly on one’s incapacity or perceived incapacity, pervades our tradition. Worry of incapacity, misconceptions, and stereotypes about disabled persons are so widespread that most individuals do not even discover them. Fashionable films and tv reveals perpetuate ableism in ways in which go unnoticed by mainstream society and even film critics. Unsure what this implies?
For instructional functions, I compiled this record of films that perpetuate ableism and ones that problem it. This doesn’t imply that the films themselves are unhealthy or the individuals who created them meant to be ableist. You’ll be able to nonetheless take pleasure in films whereas acknowledging that they depend on ableist premises. As a cinephile myself, I don’t intend to “cancel” any of the movies talked about right here. As an alternative, I hope to begin a dialog. I additionally need to acknowledge that the entire disabled characters talked about on this piece are white and cisgender; Hollywood has a protracted strategy to go when it comes to depicting intersectional identities.