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In Defense of the Posts on Pixar’s “Inside Out”…

In Defense of the Posts on Pixar’s “Inside Out”…

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My friend Jisun wrote a post on a new movie by Pixar called Inside Out.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but that doesn’t matter in this post at all. What does matter is what she is talking about in her post – did you read it? No? Here it is: Dear Pixar: Inside Out and Papercut Deaths – come back when you are done (I’ll wait).

This is the thing: it’s not about being anal over every.single.word. It’s not about jumping up and slamming a movie, a company, a person or whatever or the use of a word that is not PC.

It’s about the choices that a company like Pixar makes. It’s about how that particular scene could have been played differently. It’s about THINKING before you write jokes that (even minutely) mock those an intellectual disability in an enormously popular movie that will reside in the growing collective culture that our children will build.

Mark wrote a follow up post to Jisun’s, reminding us of the use of “mongo” and “moron” in Toy Story 3, used in direct context to someone having an intellectual disability like Down syndrome. (Check that post out too – it’s good)

download (7)Jisun’s post is getting a lot of traction now, and by “traction,” I mean, “people jumping on her for being the word police

Which is just stupid. Jumping on her for her post,because her post – which you did read, right? – isn’t about that At.All.

It’s about papercuts

The papercuts are real. They exist. I feel them too, of course I do! I feel these both as a person with a disability and as a mother of a person with a disability. I’m covered with little papercut scars.

But the thing that I most want people to understand about these papercuts is not that they hurt, but that they SHAPE. I want people to understand that these types of small wounds actually shape culture. They are the bits that mold the collective understanding of what having a disability is about, they are the undertone upon which other big cuts are built.

It’s not about saying the perfect PC thing all the time.

It is about being thoughtful with choices.

Particularly if you are a company like Pixar that will actually influence how children will grow up thinking.

 

 

 

 

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hannah

Friday 10th of July 2015

What I don't understand are people who fight for the right to free speech to say anything they want, but want to quash my right to stand up and say ouch!

Stacey

Thursday 9th of July 2015

Thank you for writing this. I also related to Jisun's framing of the issue as paper cuts. I think this is the piece that people without disabilities or without someone in their life who have a disability don't get. It's not always the IN YOUR FACE acts of discrimination and mocking that get you. It's the build up of the little things, the things they may not notice. I hate to admit this, but I didn't even catch the things said in Toy Story when I originally saw it, Sadly, I probably even laughed. That was BC (before Carter), before I developed the ability to pick up even the slightest hit of mocking, of the otherness of having a disability.

Mike Sullivan

Thursday 9th of July 2015

Why are you concerned with mocking when you have openly participated in cyber bullying on Facebook yourself?

Katie J.

Friday 26th of June 2015

All of the posts have really got me thinking about word use. It's important!

Meriah

Friday 26th of June 2015

You know, I personally feel like that's the point. It's not about saying the perfect thing, it's not about being oh-so PC, it's not about all of that. I think the point is to THINK. To be aware of what we say - not to the point in which it makes us anxious or makes us feel like we need to walk on eggshells, but but to be conscious. #mytwocents

Mike Sullivan

Friday 26th of June 2015

As we say these days, no choice is necessary if our children and equal and free.

Stacey

Thursday 9th of July 2015

Once again, turning one issue into another issue without adding any substantive value.

Mark W Leach

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Thank you, Meriah. Exactly.

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