His character was just incredible, I’ve said this so many times before but there were so many moments in the movie where I was just like “that’s is so me! I can relate so much to that!” Which, as an autistic person, isn’t a feeling I often get to experience in films. Also he’s treated in the film as being just as important and valuable a part of the team as any of the other Rangers. He is never made out in the movie to be a burden to ťhe team or like he’s less than the others! Whereas in a lesser movie they might have done exactly that. And they actually depict stimming in the movie! Whenever Billy would get excited or happy about something he would happy stim by clapping his hands! Now when I watched this movie in the theater I literally was bouncing with happiness pretty much any time that Billy was on screen. Never before has a movie made me as incredibly happy as Power Rangers 2017 has after seeing it! I couldn’t stop talking about it for months after seeing the movie and I still talk about it (hence this long paragraph about how great it is 😉).
Another amazing autistic character that we have recently gotten is the new autistic character on Sesame Street, Julia! Julia is an incredible example of an autistic character and its awesome to have such a good autistic character for autistic kids and adults to look up to. I haven’t had a chance yet to see everything with Julia in it yet but from what I have seen she is a really good representation of an autistic character.
We’ve already had two amazing autistic characters characters this year with Billy Cranston from Power Rangers and Julia from Sesame Street. Feel free to let me know or add on any yourself if I missed any autistic characters from this year. But hopefully this can become a trend and we can get more and more amazing representation of autistic characters in media this year. It would be so awesome if 2017 could become the year of amazing autistic characters.
This has been such an amazing week for autistic representation. First they introduced Julia, a puppet with autism, to Sesame Street. Now I find out that one of the new Power Rangers has autism too! My 5 year old cousin is autistic and a superhero junkie. I’m so proud he’s going to have someone just like him to look up to now.