As you may recall, at the start of the year Rich and I analyzed the trailer for HBO’s Silicon Valley. During one short clip, there’s a joke made at the expense of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome. In going back over research, I found an article by Mashable analyzing the moment and the greater pattern of stereotyping Asperger’s.
Here are a few choice moments:
“More and more, the term [Asperger’s] is becoming a go-to tick, a signal that a character will fall into certain characteristics: intelligent, quirky, awkward.”
“However, those with the syndrome vary greatly. They aren’t all geniuses with social skills problems on the side. Far from it.
“Definitively labeling a character with Asperger’s requires a new layer of sensitivity.”
“Show writers who purposely don’t give their characters disorders get away with most anything.”
Food for thought.