Speechless h-e-r HERO Left Me Speechless. Here’s Why

Speechless H-E-R HERO: image description: blue background with white script reading, "Speechless", a procession of people, led by an individual using a wheelchair, appear to be crossing the street
Episode 12 of the abc show, Speechless h-e-r HERO knocked the ball out of the park with the disability narrative

Speechless is a new show on abc. I wrote about it here, and I’ve been following it closely since it started, sort of with bated breath, hoping they won’t mess up their incredible streak in getting it right with the disability narrative.

So far, they haven’t. Let me change that – so far, they have not only managed to avoid messing up, but they keep on doing an even better job, raising their bar only higher, never lower.

This last episode?! HOLY COW. I was hitting ‘pause’ and rushing for my notebook to quote. Un-believable.

“Inspiration porn? What’s that?”

It’s a portrayal of people with disabilities as one dimensional saints who only exist to warm the hearts and open the minds of able bodied people

then!

Hey! It’s the Magical Negro!”

“Huh?”

“Where the black character is just there to help the white guy on his journey and he speaks some folksy sayings, “I don’t know much about blah blah blah but a man’s got to have blah..” – and you turn around and he conveniently disappears.

Speechless

Speechless has my jaw on the floor, with where they are going with the show and how far they are getting it right.

A great review of this particular episode is covered on The Tracking Board, but go ahead and watch it for yourself:

Speechless, Episode 12 H-e-r HERO

speechless h-e-r HERO On abc (which I had trouble accessing but maybe you won’t!)

Amazon: buy it for $1.99 or $2.99

iTunes: for $2.99

Speechless H-E-R HERO: image description: blue background with white script reading, "Speechless", a procession of people, led by an individual using a wheelchair, appear to be crossing the street

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1 Comment

  • You are reading my mind. I finally had a chance to watch this one a couple of days ago and I loved this episode more than any before and sent it to friends and family to watch. I couldn’t believe a regular ol’ ABC comedy covered this so beautifully!

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