Hollywood Horror And The Cost Of Disability Justice

October 31 is drawing near and this is definitely the climax of this horrific costume party. Whether you’re a homemade creative guy or a last minute trip to a destination guy, Halloween costumes can come at the expense of disabled access.

The entertainment industry has historically hurt the mind and body and created harmful stereotypes in the disabled community. Star Wars (Darth Vader), The Joker, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches, When Captain Hook Obstacles are just a few examples to use as horror props. Recently there have been breakthroughs and positive signs that the media is not only cartooning, but ultimately creating three-dimensional characters. such as “Quiet Place” with Millicent Simmonds, the deaf actress who plays Regan, she finds that the increased feedback from her hearing aid torments aliens and makes them more vulnerable.

Changing Faces, one of the UK’s leading charities, recently launched a campaign for “Anyone Who Looks Different in a Scar, Scar or Condition” during the world premiere of James Bond 007 / No Time to Die. Change face Remember the movie metaphor. “Our campaign calls on scriptwriters, casting directors, film producers, production companies, directors and others in the film industry to stop using trademarks, burns and trademarks as harmful cuts.”

It is common to see people dressing up in tight shirts, mental hospital overalls, watches, wheelchairs, canes and pretending to have different limbs for Halloween, but these examples should be avoided. .. When a person uses another life experience as a costume, it contributes to systemic repression.

Content creator and activist Annie Elaine says: “You can dress up as a discriminatory stereotype for people with mental illness or wear a suit that uses mobility aids (cane, wheelchair) as props. It’s a ridiculous fact, unknowingly, that a disability has to look real in a certain way, a disability looks a certain way, and if it doesn’t look like what you imagine it to be in the imitation, people believe it’s fake. The results also show up in the Halloween season, when our incredibly realistic hurdles are much easier to spot as fakes; Our real mobility device is considered a “toy” and our real face is considered a “mask” and is on the list! Culturally eliminating diversity from disability, ridicule of community and oppression; violence and discrimination they experience against persons with disabilities.

The costumes aren’t the only thing that’s awesome. According to Accessibility Care, “We recognize that 4 million children in the United States are disabled. [Unavailability] Something as simple as climbing stairs can prevent you from performing tricks or treats with your siblings and other children. ”

Elaine shares her top tips for inclusion on vacation:

If you don’t have road access to your home (stairs, steps, gravel, etc.), you can also set up a trick or maintenance station near the sidewalk so you don’t have to approach the door.
To avoid accidents and injuries, prepare a light path, especially for people with impaired vision or poor movement. If you have bumps or bumps on the pavement/pavement, try marking them with dark tape or paint them with gloss to keep them from falling off.
Avoid using strobe lights, which can cause epileptic seizures, overstimulation, and more. Please do not use chemicals in the air (such as perfume and smoke machines) that can cause allergies.
Try eating sweets that are good for allergies! Place in a separate bowl, labeled, nut-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. Or you can offer a souvenir for the party instead! A turquoise trick decoration or grooming bag / Jack O Lantern suggests that allergy-friendly candy is needed.
The full list is available on Elaine’s Twitter thread

Writer and disability activist Becca Wright says, “When deciding on costumes for Halloween, it’s a good idea to carefully study the impression your characters make. If you’re wondering whether costume honors or discriminates against a group of people, you should go. Possible. ”

Wright addresses the common misconception that being suitable for people with disabilities doesn’t affect many people. “Here’s a snowflake for those who think it’s no big deal or who think no one will be hurt by a suit like this. Reconsider your views on the matter and recognize your privileges. We suggest you buy our Identity one night and rarely make one.” But because of our differences, we actively focus on our daily lives. Discrimination against people with disabilities is a part of our daily lives, so we encourage you to contribute to the good this Halloween rather than oppressing and alienating minorities.”

Misunderstanding is a platform for prejudice. Expressions affect ourselves, other people’s perspectives, and our lives, and Halloween costumes can make all the difference.

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