If reading the reviews on my books has taught me anything, it’s that people can love something while still admitting that it’s not perfect.
I love ABC’s Speechless. I haven’t shut up about ABC’s Speechless since I saw the first episode. It is easily one of my favorite shows.
That being said, it has its faults.
So because I love it so much, here are six things that I love, three things that I don’t love, and one thing that I’m iffy about:
LOVE: The representation! Oh my god the representation! The representation though! It’s a sitcom where one of the main characters is a teenager in a wheelchair and he’s played by a teenager in a wheelchair!
LOVE: The family dynamic. All of these actors have a genuine (platonic) chemistry and you can feel how much they care about each other. They’re a problematic family as a whole and do problematic things but the one thing that has never been a source of conflict so far (aside from a few natural arguments and lies) is their love for one another. And I love that both parents love their children and that both act like the nag and that both do the silly zany thing while the other shakes their heads. It dismantles the typical “buffoon dad and nag mom” stereotypes. It dismantles a lot of stereotypes actually. And I love that the siblings genuinely love each other and how they help J.J. Next to the Belchers, the DiMeos might be one of the healthiest families on TV. And that includes Kenneth.
DON’T LOVE: The fact that the DiMeos keep freaking out when J.J. does “typical” teenage things. It’s honestly the biggest problem with the show. “Oh my god our son’s disabled but he was still invited to a party???” “Oh my god our son’s disabled but he was still able to break the rules???” “Oh my god our son is disabled but he still likes a girl???” I really hope they stray away from this in future episodes. To make matters worse, every time it’s brought up, they go through the whole “We don’t say ‘normal” bit which actually just reinforces the fact that J.J. isn’t what most people would consider “normal”.
LOVE: The fact that it pokes fun at both the people who are insensitive to the disabled and the SJW culture. From the very first episode when it showed both J.J. having to use a garbage ramp to get into the school and then his teacher telling him that he’s an inspiration and ordering everyone to give him a standing ovation , I knew that this was going to be an amazing show. It’s daring enough to cover one element. It’s extremely daring to cover both.
LOVE: The running gag that there are words on J.J.’s card that would never actually be on someone’s card. It just makes me laugh. Speaking of his card (I’m cheating by counting two things), I love that even when he’s talking one-on-one with someone, all of the characters read off of it, actually giving him a voice, instead of just responding to what he’s saying.
DON’T LOVE: The weird obsession the family has with “only special people can be with J.J”. They did it first with Kenneth and I was like, “Well…all right…he’s never been an aide before so it makes sense that they might be a bit wary of how he handles things. But then they just did it again in the latest episode when they said that it would take someone special to be with J.J. Umm…no? @justrollinon said it best. It doesn’t take a saint to be with a disabled person. And the fact that the show treats it as such is really uncomfortable.
LOVE: The fact that we’re eight episodes into the season, that both brothers have had the typical romance subplots that happen in every sitcom, but that both sitcoms ended in a way that was actually surprising and that both seem to be over it. I’m sure ABC will force more romantic subplots down the line but I thought the way they handled both of them (sans the part where they said that it would take a special person to be with J.J.) really well.
LOVE: The fact that J.J. acts like a little shit at times. He deliberately sabotages Kenneth’s first day so that he can watch the cheerleaders. He secretly gets drunk at a party. Etc. I know the DiMeos don’t like the word “normal” but it is so great to see them treat a disabled character as a normal teenager. Usually we’re reduced to saints or the overly depressed pain-ridden angst balls.
DON’T LOVE: At some point, the entire writing crew needs to get together to decide what J.J. can do and what he can’t do. He can’t even transfer to a toilet without help but he can drive a car??? He can’t feed himself or hold a pen but he can clap, hit people, and…again…drive a car???
IFFY: I always flop back and forth between liking and disliking how much camera time goes to the other characters. On the one hand, it’s nice to see that ABC recognizes that it’s not just about J.J. and that other characters deserve to be developed too. On the other hand…I wouldn’t object to it just being about J.J. But with that said, I have grown to love the other characters. Even if I hate how much time their actors/actresses are getting in interviews as opposed to Micah Fowler.
But despite it’s faults, I would still and do still tell everyone to go watch it because it truly is an amazing show.
Please support Red Fawn Fallis, an indigenous water protector from Denver who has been charged with attempted murder at Standing Rock during #NoDAPL pipeline protests. We have been told that she has been moved due to state attempted murder charges being dropped and new federal charge of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon has been applied.
You can write to her at:
Red Fawn Fallis Stutsman County Correctional Center 205 6th st. SE, Ste 201 Jamestown, ND 58401
I’m still hurting about what happened to Wes in last night’s winter finale. Seeing most of the squad’s reactions to the news was tough to watch, but seeing Laurel’s reaction absolutely broke my heart. Laurel not only lost her boyfriend and the likely father of her baby, but also her best friend. Anyone that has watched the show from the beginning like i have knows that Wes and Laurel had the closest friendship. Almost from the beginning, they had each other’s back and shared some things with each other that they almost never told anyone else in the squad. For Laurel to suddenly lose Wes like this, especially since they were on the outs after their argument is obviously very devastating. We saw her literally lose a part of herself.
Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for December.(11″x17″ PDF, 25MB) Also available in color here (11″x17″ PDF, 25MB), non-PDF available here (imgur link) for sharing. Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at email@example.com.
There’s a special urgency to fight back the fascist creep represented in our white house and the US government. This is a great opportunity to reexamine your position within society, and dedicate yourself further towards its upturn. Whoever occupies the white house, the same pigs occupy our neighborhoods, and our neighbors occupy their cages. More now than ever, more today than yesterday, and more yesterday than the day before it. Renewing your dedication to the struggle to abolish this prison society can take many forms. Maybe you’ll be able to contributefinancially. Maybe you’ll be able to contribute time. Maybe you have a special skill you can contribute to the struggle. This is the time to find out about yourself, the time to get together with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors, and the time to seize all available opportunities to disrupt and destroy the coming fascist menace. We are all we have, and no one is going to save us but ourselves. Sever the means of the reproduction of life from the market and share with the least of those around you. If we learn nothing else from 1936, it’s that the most potent fight against fascism is a vibrant movement of working class people against capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and the state. Dig in, folks, we’re in for a serious struggle. Trump might be our next president, let’s try to make him our last.
A special thank you to the designers of this month’s poster. Designers are constantly bombarded with requests to work their trade for free, for publicity, or for a cause, and every month the PPBD Posters project relies on their generosity of time, skill and devotion to the cause of prison abolition. Cheers to Corina Dross for putting this month’s rad poster together.
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The tension is high in the starry trailer for “When We Rise,” Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black’s hotly-anticipated dramatisation of the LGBTQ rights movement across several decades.
The eight-hour, seven-episode ABC miniseries stars Guy Pearce as activist Cleve Jones and Mary Louise Parker as women’s rights champion Roma Guy. Also featured in the cast are Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce, among others.
“It’s been the honour of my life to research and craft these stories of family, diversity and equality over the past three years,” Black said. “To have collaborators of this caliber sign on to help bring these stories to life is a tremendous vote of confidence, and I hope a testament to the relevancy and necessity of our continued march toward justice for all.”
This time I’ve got a clothing commission for Ever After High dolls – 3 different outfits, but all based in fantasy worlds.
First to go – Once Upon a time series heroine – Emma Swan signature ooutfit. This daughter of Snow White is def not a damsel in distress – with her combat boots and heavy sword she don’t need to be saved