Miranda McClellan

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    The "dangers" of addressing mental illness in film & television?

    Do you believe that writers stray away from addressing metal illness/disabilities of any kind when writing for television? Seeing the trailer for "Speechless" (ABC, fall 2016), there must have been an enormous amount of research poured into the writing, but in general, do you think there is too much room for making mistakes or receiving backlash when addressing these topics? Do writers fear this type of work?

    • I truly agree, I think mental illnesses are becoming such a sensitive subject that it's not really touched by writers. Although as we become further into a generation or time period where mental illness is making itself known, As a society we have to be more aware of the many types of illnesses that follow and the only way to make these known during this time period is by television shows and social media. – Karolyn11 8 years ago
    • Addressing mental illness and disabilities is a sensitive topic that should be treated with care. I think if writers do their proper research, create accurate portrayals (not stereotypes) of characters with disabilities or mental illness, and cast proper actors, it's fine. Some writers might hesitate to create shows depicting these topics because they might not have too much experience with it, or they think it's not profitable, but these stories matter too. Mainstream television should make room for more diverse stories like these topics. – seouljustice 8 years ago

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    I found this article interesting but can not agree with your take on Ross and Rachael’s relationship. “Claiming the female in a relationship is always a victim paints a negative picture on men.” They both cared deeply for each other, Rachael knows they were on a break, but realizes her love after Ross sleeps with another woman. This does not paint men as “negative”, rather, women as complicated.

    Relationship Gender Roles in Sitcoms: For Better or For Worse?

    I’m glad you referenced Sex and the City. That episode did make abortion seem more “normal”, to be frank, when Samantha admits that she has had more than one abortion. I wish more shows would address the issue of guilt and depression that comes along with the decision.

    How TV Depicts Abortion: From Maude to Miranda

    I’ve never had cable in my home, so it has always been obsolete to me. Now that Netflix and online television/movie companies are taking over, it’s more obsolete than ever. Great article.

    Online VS On TV: Is Cable Becoming Obsolete?