disability

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: A Wizard Did It!

One of the things that drives me just a little bit up the wall about disability in pop culture is when creators want to have a disabled character, but don’t want that character to have any of the actual consequences of being disabled. This plays out in one of two ways: Either the... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: A Reconsideration of Tiny Tim, Charity, and the Good Cripple

A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, has become a Christmas classic. Chances are high that most of us have read it, read adaptations, seen it performed on stage, or seen it on film. In some households, people make A Christmas Carol a family tradition, and it's supposed to be a... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Art Imitating Life Imitating Art

Whenever someone starts talking about “crip-drag” - the slang term that basically means “currently non-disabled actor playing a disabled character” - the conversation tends to eventually (usually sooner, rather than later) turn to this: But but but! We shouldn’t accept a less-than-stellar... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Blue Roses: Reconsidering <I>The Glass Menagerie</I>

I was one of those major theater nerds in high school; my nerd-dom, however, did not usually translate to reading many well-regarded Classics of Theater. I did not read Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie until college, and, looking back, I would have read it much earlier, had such a thing been... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disability Archetypes: Supercrip

"Wow, that is so inspiring!" "She has truly overcome her handicap." "You are so brave!" Do any of these exclamations sound familiar? They might, if you are a person with a disability who has been on the receiving end of "good intentions" that mask an unfortunately pervasive Western trope about... Read more »

Transcontinental Disability Choir: 9021-Oh No!

Full disclosure: I am a 90210 junkie. I've seen every episode of the original Beverly Hills 90210 at least twice and sometimes feel I remember their high school experiences more clearly than my own. So of course I watched the newly revived 90210 when it premiered last year. Putting aside the... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: I Promise You Haven't Heard This One Before

Come, sit, let me tell you a story. It’s 100% original and has never ever been used before and doesn’t have any societal baggage attached to it. Also, I’m lying. But let me tell it to you anyway. Once, not all that long ago, there was a dramatic story to be told! And that... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Pride & Prejudice & Ableism

There's only one good reason to add blatant ableism to not one but two Jane Austen monster mashups: Because you know that the audience will appreciate and enjoy it. I certainly wouldn't accuse either Grahame-Smith or Winters of vast cultural sensitivity, not least because of the horrific racism... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disability Archetypes: The Good Cripple

So, how can we get pop culture to start depicting disability more honestly? How can we get pop culture to start pushing away from these tropes and exploring fuller disabled characters? Read more »

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