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Fuck You, Oscars, Choosing an Octopus over the Disability Civil Rights Movement

Fuck You, Oscars, Choosing an Octopus over the Disability Civil Rights Movement

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This is a personal opinion post on my RAGE that Crip Camp did not receive an Oscar

When Halle Berry  won best actress, she lost her shit. She just stood and kind of howled and when finally calm enough to talk, said that the moment was so much more than just her.

And she was right. Winning the first award for Best Actress as a Black Woman was so much more than her.

Crip Camp came out last year and was the first movie any of us have seen in the disability community that is BY us, and FOR us. It’s our history, it’s a representation of US, as a community.

It’s a kick ass documentary that is about SO MUCH MORE than the very fine people who made it and whose stories are central to it. It’s about representation, about exclusion, segregation. It’s about rights, justice, about community. It’s about the collective power of US. It’s about solidarity, perseverance. And back to exclusion, inclusion.

This moment was about more

This was about the history of the Disability Civil Rights in the United States.

And so, for this awards ceremony, they had ramps set up.

They had Marlee Matlin, the presenter who is one of us (- which felt weird, to be honest – like, an award to disabled people needs to be presented by… a disabled person?). I had gotten a bad taste in my mouth from touting Paul Racci as an emblem of “inclusion” (- to be clear, he’s a hearing man who played a deaf role) and a gnarly feeling that they were going to get it wrong, but I just didn’t expect them to get it THIS WRONG.

Sigh.

And I agree with Alice. I do. We’ve gone far and we have more work ahead.

I just need to rage cry and punch something first.

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