Another bearded lady?
Tonight on the UK news five young people sharing a house in Brighton were interviewed and shown to be delighted at becoming American TV stars since the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) picked up their docu-series, “The Specials”.
The original programmes were recorded over a four year period and have won a Webby Award but British TV companies declined to air it. In releasing the news of the showing the Futon Clinic states, “The groundbreaking docu-series shares the funny, honest story of five housemates with intellectual disabilities living the classic student lifestyle in England.”
Am I alone in feeling decidedly uncomfortable at a predominantly entertainment network developing this series? Will it encourage voyerism, like the circus acts of old. Or does it offer a real possibility of developing understanding and inclusion? Is this a case of old inbred values and prejudice on my part? Or is it just the title that makes me cringe? I will be reflecting some more about this but in the meantime, I would love to hear what others have to say.