FuckAbility™ Research Council to Speechless: You Had Us At “Trash Ramp”
Matt Damon calls on Speechless producers to be more inclusive of nondisabled white male actors
Frankly, the Speechless pilot could end with Minnie Driver’s character pulling a Divine and it would simply convey the amount of shit people with disabilities and their families are expected to eat every day.
(Highway, Heaven) After a cruel, cruel summer that included When Khaleesi Met Romanticide and a profoundly fucked up little number called Don’t Breathe, the autumn winds are blowing our sad, tragic little skirts right up with Speechless.
According to FARC’s most recent findings, [INSERT NUMBER] people with disabilities expect that [INSERT ZERO] of characters on television will be fully-realized characters who live with a disability. When FARC asked them to factor in whether the disabled character would be an actor with a disability, that number doubled.
When the clip includes a public school offering a disabled teenager a trash ramp as his accessible entrance – we’re good. Frankly, the Speechless pilot could end with Minnie Driver’s character pulling a Divine and it would simply convey the amount of shit people with disabilities and their families are expected to eat every day.
We reached out to the afterlife to get a response from Michael Landon about his reaction to Speechless: “I’ll be honest. I felt the show would have benefited from the addition of two wandering middle-aged white men who would show up out of nowhere and be instantly invited by the grieving parents to take a deep and caring interest in their broken young son who doesn’t know these strange men at all and, at first, rejects their warm-hearted advances and offers of friendship, and then runs away or withdraws, depending on the affliction, only to be found by these men who keep turning up everywhere in an odd way no one questions, and after some choking WORDLESS sobs – see, I watched your show – they teach him that he’s got a valuable lesson to share: We all have to shut the fuck up sometimes.”
Fuck that, Michael Landon. Speechless is ON.