Merlin, you are more than a son of your father. You are son of the earth, the sea, the sky. Magic is the fabric of this world, and you were born of that magic. You are magic itself. You can not lose what you are.
I know everyone’s talking about the new Seasame Street character, Julia, who’s autistic, and everyone’s talking about how all her traits as super accurate, but there’s one thing I ended up focusing on:
The man, who I can only assume is her father or something, said “She has autism– she likes it when people know that.”
That means that he has given her the opportunity to learn about her diagnosis and learn about who she is, that way it’s easier to communicate certain things– such as meltdowns– with others. That is incredibly important for children to be seeing: A trusted adult allowing his child to learn about themself so that they can better communicate who they are.
I want to tell a quick story about how important representation in television is, and how Sense8 is really making a tangible difference. You can repost if you like, I thought your followers might enjoy it.
My dad is a wealthy, white, conservative male who voted for Trump. He’s not a hateful person…in fact he’s one of the kindest people you’ll meet and he can talk to a random stranger for hours. But he’s extremely fiscally conservative and tends to have a narrow world view.
He and I argue a lot. He calls me a naive liberal who has no idea how the real world works. I call him a decrepit old man who wouldn’t know innovation if it kicked him in the teeth. It’s our way of keeping each other on our toes.
But we love to watch TV together. Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Vikings are a few of our favorites. I always held off on showing him Sense8…I honestly didn’t think he’d like it. But one day he asked me “What should we watch next?” and I though…why not?
He absolutely loved it. Yeah he thought the sex scenes were a little gratuitous, but he couldn’t stop watching. He even started talking about it to all his brothers and friends during our BBQ. I was so pumped he enjoyed it.
But it was one scene in particular that really changed things for him: Nomi’s speech during her sister’s rehearsal dinner in episode 2x8.
You see, my dad thought Nomi’s relationship with her Mom was unrealistic. He said “Parents love their kids unconditionally. No real mother would ever say those types of things. I mean…she’s not abusive. She’s not a drug addict or an alcoholic. And clearly no money problems at home. A real mom wouldn’t hate their kids just because.”
I was floored and didn’t know what to say at first. He had called me sheltered and naive so many times…and then he says something like that. I realize that it’s because he loves me so much (and would still love me so much even if I were trans) that he found a character like Nomi’s mom not just unrelatable, but completely unrealistic.
But eventually I say this.
“Dad…about half of homeless youth are LGBT. Believe it or not, this is one of the most realistic parts of the show.”
To which he replies: “Oh. Really? I…didn’t know that.”
And then a few minutes later Nomi’s says her speech and I look over and my dad is tearing up, just a little.
“You doing alright over there?”
“Yeah…yeah I just….I’m fine. But I think I get it a little more now.”
So that’s my story. Even old white guy who voted for Trump is heartbroken about Sense8’s cancellation. That says a lot about how big a mistake Netflix is making.