''...Most portrayals of people with disabilities in the media are not truly representative of people with disabilities in the real world. They convey messages about people with disabilities which distort the picture.'' (Advanced Studies in Media - Nelson 1998). How far do you agree with this statement?
''Awh look at them'', ''Aren't they so brave'', These are usually the type of things that come into our mind when we think about people with disabilities, but just because they’re different, does that make them sick or someone we should have pity on? Because of the influence of the media, we don't realize our actions can be quite patronizing to disabled people.
For example, if you were in a wheelchair and someone came up to you and told you how brave you were and how they could never live like that, would it make you feel good? The media has a big influence over what we base our opinions on and how we view others. Society’s view of disabled people is often that they are sick, helpless, pathetic, dependant and bitter. They don't realize that they could easily end up like this from common things that do happen to ordinary people like car accidents, and would they like to be stereotyped as a bitter, angry, dependant person just
Today the same shows would be considered unacceptable and cruel but the disabled people themselves were the ones who manufactured these public images, ''Freaks'', andor their promoters for the purpose of fame and fortune. Many of the stereotypes can be offensive to someone who has a disability. Before films came along, Freak shows were one of America's most popular forms of entertainment. Heather is now a key representative for the disabled attending and arranging numerous charity events and who is also modelled for designers like Julian McDonald on the catwalk while wearing a prosthetic leg. Ellen was injured in a car accident in 1983 when she sustained a C-8T-1 spinal chord injury that left her an incomplete quadriplegic. People with disabilities are often not shown in comedies at all as it is unfair to make fun of them, but it is also wrong to leave them out completely. I think Ellen was very brave to do this. through World War 2 even though he could not walk unassisted due to suffering from Polio. I think there are many negative views of disabilities which have been conjured up by the media that are definitively not true but when you see someone on the street that"tms different from you, you can"tmt help feeling a little sorry for them. None of the pictures showed Ellen in her wheelchair but her condition was made known throughout the article. In October 2002 her updated autobiography ''A Single Step'' was released in North America. There are also some famous faces that are doing their part to make sure disabled people are not under represented, like Model Heather McCartney who's life changed forever when she was involved in a road accident with a police motorcycle and suffered injuries that included crushed ribs, a punctured lung, multiple fractures of the pelvis and the loss of her left leg below the knee. He felt he had to hide his disability from the American public because of the way disabled people were viewed at that time. These terms are no longer used when referring to disabled people in the media, but they are still under represented.