Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?
We, the undersigned, people with diabetes and those who love them, do hereby petition Pop Culture in America to… get a clue.
Where are the people with diabetes living healthy, normal lives? I’m tired of Chekhov’s Diabetes (see Steel Magnolias, Panic Room). We need more stories like True Believers which features a protagonist living with type 1 diabetes which (shocking spoiler!) does not become a plot point.
Disney tries and sometimes they get it:
And sometimes, they have to pull an episode of a top show because it gets the diabetes facts so wrong.
I view diabetes in my kids’ media choices the same way I view Jewish characters. I don’t really care if they’re featured, but it’s a nice surprise when they pop up (I’m looking at you, Ron Possible & Isabella Garcia-Shapiro). Whether it’s done with humor or more seriously, if those characters aren’t portrayed accurately, what’s the point?
I amheartened by a new campaign called Picture This by the nonprofit Entertainment Industries Council. It “aims to inspire more – and more genuine – media representations of people living with diabetes.”
I can sign on for that.