Can we please change how autism gets depicted in film and television?

One of my favorite hobbies is watching how movies and TV standardize the integration of a marginalized group. The comparison between how black characters appeared in film in the ’60s and ’70s (often portrayed with the best of intentions by white filmmakers) and how we are portrayed today is incredibly disparate. This process is icy. Using the representation of black Americans as a template, Hollywood first needs to make mistakes if they want to smooth out wrinkles in their attempts to accurately portray minority groups.

Autistic people are among the most misrepresented groups in the media. Similar to the way transgender personalities are rarely given a place outside of gender identity disorder, so too are personalities identified through autism. Hollywood forgets that autism varies from person to person.

In the video linked above, Oh Hi Films YouTube channel provides examples of how wrong media view of autism is and how to change it for the better.

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