i’ve noticed for some time that, aside from ironsides, (and raymond burr wasn’t really handicapped) and artie on “glee” (who is not really hadicapped either), and the character “mother” from the avengers (not really handicapped) we never (never!) see handicapped people in popular culture. are there no musicians in wheelchairs? are there no actors in wheelchairs? . there have been appearances in cameo or bit parts by other actors portraying characters with physical handicaps who may or may not have really been handicapped. but we never see an actor in a wheelchair. why is that? i certainly don’t want to cry discrimination, but i cannot beleive that there are no actors – good or bad – who live lives on wheels. is it an image thing? still, i refuse to go there. but i do wonder where all the wheelchair-bound actors are?
how about music? have you ever seen a musician in a wheelchair? i don’t remember it if i have. and i am at a loss to understand why that is. are we humans so horrified by people in wheelchairs that we cannot consider pop culture figures being in any way imperfect? i mean, there’s no reason that i know of why people in wheelchairs can’t be musicians. i know we value appearance very highly, but there must be fat, ugly people, or people who are unable to walk, who can sing and/or act just as well if not better than pretty, skinny, fully “able” people. is there a reason i never see them? am i just not looking in the right place? is there a “handicap channel” on cable tv that i’m not getting? (which would perhaps be even more horrifying.)
maybe it’s just me. have you ever seen a performer on tv, or know of a musician, who is wheelchair-bound?
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