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I'll confess, I've never been considered to be someone who's on the cutting edge of things. Okay, some (I won't mention names) have even accused me of living under a rock. But, I thought at least when it came to my little corner of the world, as it applies to Down syndrome in the media, that I at least had a clue.
Somehow, I completely missed this one.
Schooled by Mom
We were talking on the phone and she brought up the show "Shameless." I'd never seen it so I had no idea what she was going to say next. When she finished relaying the story, all I could say was "how did I not hear about this?"
Requires Further Investigation
In case you're as clueless as I was, here's a clip from the episode.
- First, there are actors in the scene who actually have Down syndrome.
- Second, there is a philosophy of thought (whether you agree with it or not) that use of the word by the people who it's meant to demean takes away its power.
- Third, is a comedy show the best place for this discussion/on the flip side/ is it the only place this discussion might occur?
So the one interesting comment I found was the person who recognized the significance of when it aired:
So the question is?
I figured if I hadn't heard about maybe I wasn't the only one. It wouldn't be the first time if I am the only one who missed it, but still, it's worth throwing it out there for discussion again.
So let's go on record. What do you think?
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