Oscar-nominated Feeling Through has a Deafblind Character. It also has Ableist and Racist Messages. – Haben Girma

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Oscar-nominated Feeling Through has a Deafblind Character. It also has Ableist and Racist Messages.

I normally don’t follow the Oscars, but this year’s nominations include a short film with a Deafblind character. Depictions of underrepresented groups in movies influence how the mainstream public treats us. Feeling Through features a Black teen taking advantage of a Deafblind man, perpetuating the dangerous “Black criminals” stereotype.

The portrayal of deafblindness also advances harmful stereotypes. How the Deafblind character travels with a cane, shops, and manages money does not represent Deafblind people. The New York Times mistakenly praised the film for being [...]

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