Power Rangers made headlines this week with news that Becky G’s Yellow Ranger is gay (or possibly bisexual).
But the representation doesn’t stop there. The reboot includes an autistic character in the Blue Ranger Billy, played by RJ Cyler.
In an interview with Mic, Cyler said he knew his character would be on the spectrum when he signed onto the film.
“I got excited,” he explained, when asked how he reacted to the news. “It was good to be able to see life through a different viewpoint, because we see life through our eyes and so we feel like we have everything understood, but that’s just through our imagination. Being able to just bring that type of aspect to Billy, man, it was just exciting, and it was such an honor to be able to represent such an amazing group of people.” Read more (3/21/17 3:12 PM)
Power Ranger Funnies #3: Well, I ain’t feeling neurotypical!
Billy’s true superpower should be not so casual and unapologetic reminders of who he is.
Gosh where do I even begin with this? I, as in me this artist of this comic, am autistic. For years I have learned to love myself and be open about being autistic. And for years I have dealt with poorly written autistic character after poorly written autistic character (side-glances at Rain Man) as well as poorly written autistic obviously coded characters created to be laughed at and then slapped in the face by writers who claim they are not on the spectrum (another side-glance at BBT).
Then along comes Billy. Who is autistic, who stims, who claps when he’s happy, who rearranges his pencils, who obsessively makes explosions and calculations, who doesn’t take social queues the same as other people, who desires emotional and close relationships but doesn’t know how, who becomes the most emotional driven character of the movie, who becomes a freakin’ badass superhero, I could go on but in the end;
He is autistic and not some allistic inspirational wet dream or a cruel joke.
God bless this movie and everyone involved in it.
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EDIT: Finally got around to changing it a little because I didn’t feel Kimberly’s skin wasn’t accurate. My apologises, please reblog this version.
Billie Holiday album cover art by artist David Stone Martin (1913-1992)
All or Nothing at All, 1957 Music for Torching, 1955 Billie Holiday Sings, 1952 Billie Holiday, 1954 Billie Holiday Live at Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1954 Stay with Me, 1959 An Evening with Billie Holiday/Recital, 1952/1956