Disabilities on T.V.

I was watching an episode of “Mom” which comes on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. The show is about a recovering alcoholic who is played by Ana Farris who moves her family back in with her mom who also happenes to be a recovering junkie. 

The mother is dating a physically disabled character in a wheelchair named “Adam Janakowski” who is played by William Fitchner. 

In a recent episode, “Adam” who is the mother’s boyfriend has a dog whom he claimed he had to give up after he ended up in this thing (his wheelchair) after his accident. 

I wonder what the writers, producers, and directors were thinking when they created this episode. Do they not know of the thousands of people in wheelchairs that have dogs that are capable of taking care of an animal. Or of the access animal (mostly dogs) that are trained to assist the physically disabled?

You see folks this is what Hollywood does. Rather than do a star search for a extremely attractive disabled actor that is actually in a wheelchair, they get able bodies like, William Fitchner, put them in wheelchairs and pretend they are disabled so they won’t have to spend the time and money to look for one. 

They did it with Passion Fish staring, Rory O’Rork was Here, and Ironside. You know why Ironside didn’t make it?because Blair Underwood is not physically disabled.


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