If this episode surprised you, you might want to as yourself why. Why are you surprised that a cast with a lot of diversity is genuinely taking pains to show a lot of diversity? Why are you surprised that Rose was such a big fan of Prince Ali and his charity work at Paris City Children’s Hospital when he was introduced? No one else seemed to know who he was except Chloé, and even that was probably more because he was staying at her father’s hotel.
People living with chronic pain and disease are stronger than most of you ever realize. Some people will have some overt signs of their condition, but not everyone does. If you’re “normal”, you can probably deal with pain for one day. It can knock you out, but most of you will be able to get back up not long after as if it never happened. Meanwhile, we’re dealing with it all day, every day, and in all likelihood, entirely without you knowing until it’s a very, very bad day.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that somewhere between 10-20% of my friends are actively struggling with this and that number has only been increasing with age. With kids, this is probably a far less common occurrence, but it’s all the more important to the children who are living it every day.
Representation in media is rarely perfect, but shows like ML are very good at normalizing ideas and concepts to a wider net of kids in the target viewing age range.
If you cannot grasp that this is a good thing, then I hate to be the one to tell you, but your grasp on the ever-changing reality of media is flawed.
Shows like this are a gateway. They will continue to inspire the next generation of creators, who will in turn hone and refine better representation. Media will not be done until we as a people are. Until then it should continue to inspire us to be better.
TIL Judith Love Cohen, who helped create the Abort-Guidance System which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts, went to work on the day she was in labor. She took a printout of a problem she was working on to the hospital. She called her boss and said she finished the problem and gave birth to Jack Black
hey if you’re disabled or chronically ill & have a hard time standing i want you to know that it’s ok to sit down when able bodied people wouldn’t or aren’t. not just in the context of using a wheelchair but just like. whenever. pull up a stool in front of the stove when you make mac & cheese. kneel on a chair in front of the sink when you’re washing the dishes. going outside to smoke/wait for a cab/whatever? pop a squat on the sidewalk/curb/stoop. get a shower chair. it’s not weird or shameful to minimize your pain & it’s not worth wasting spoons just because “normal people would do it standing up”
congratulations i can't look at soft ladynoir fanart anymore because all I'm thinking about is the Very Real Danger that their dynamic will break apart and be built back up again and my babies are going to suffer and they really don't deserve it and-