Disability in Sitcoms

By: Bradley Sawyer

This week, I really enjoyed the section on Disability in Sitcoms and the “Pilot” episode of Legit. I appreciated James Schultz’s chapter and felt a connection to his work since he is a WFU alumnus and recently made the transition from student to scholar. I found his rhetorical approach to disability to be unique and one I had never encountered. With that being said, I have done a few projects on the stigmas that are associated with disabilities, especially in the United States, so that is probably why I gravitated towards this particular section/chapter. After reading the chapter, I realized that shows (more than not) take part in compulsory able-bodiedness that normalize an idealized body and mind. Being a fan of Game of Thrones, I cannot help but think of Tyrion Lannister and his dwarfism that is addressed frequently throughout the series. It is a shame to hear that Legit has been cancelled but I am interested to see what series will come next and continue to address the stigmas associated with disabilities.

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One Response to Disability in Sitcoms

  1. marymdalton says:

    Excellent post.

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