“SPECIAL” – BRINGING DISABILITY OUT OF THE CLOSET

Written by on May 9, 2019

Story by Chuck Tackett

According to the Meriam Webster Dictionary, the word “disability” is defined as ” a physical, a mental, cognitive, or developmental condition that impairs, interferes with or limits a person’s ability to engage in certain tasks or actions or participation in typical daily activities or interactions.”

These days it is politically correct motto say someone is disabled but has special needs. I don’t see anything wrong saying a person has a disability or is disabled. What I do find wrong is when a person has the attitude or opinion that they are superior or of more value than a human being who has a disability. There are people out there who subscribe to that “survival of the fittest” mantra. Several months ago on Facebook, I dealt with that kind of troll. She tried to argue with me that all human beings are not equal using people with disabilities as a rationale for her jacked-up thinking. She was a Trump cult zombie. Not surprising at all. I am surprised that this trick didn’t say, Non-White people, are not equal to her instead of the disabled community. Regardless, we all knew she thought it.

Last month I heard that a very unique LBGTQ+ series was making its debut on Netflix. The name of the series was called “Special.’

“Special” is a comedy series about a Gay man with cerebral palsy who’s still living with his overprotective mom. The man fears being seen as different, but much to his chagrin he also realizes that having his disability would put a death sentence on having a love life or he thinks. He also faces the fact that despite his condition, he craves independence and living his life on his own terms despite the discrimination and ostracization from some people outside his bubble.

This series described as “groundbreaking”, the main character is Ryan Kayes played by actor Ryan O’ Connell who is openly Gay and has cerebral palsy in real life. Mr. O’ Connell also writes and produces the series along with actor Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” fame.

The show is based on the memoir written by Mr. O’ Connell named “I’m Special And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” O’ Connell realized when he was 12 that he was Gay, but didn’t come out until he was 28. He confessed, “I assumed all Gay men would be disgusted by my disability. I think that the vast majority truly didn’t care and I was making it into something that it wasn’t.”

After binge-watching “Special” I had to agree with some of the critics. The first Season has 8 episodes. Each of the episodes was 15 to 20 minutes in length. It felt rushed. The subject matter being groundbreaking is too serious to be glossed over. Netflix needs to take “Special” more serious. What I didn’t agree with the critics is their assessment of Mr. O’Carroll’s lack of acting skill. One of the great attributes Netflix has is that they listen to their customers and encourage feedback from them. Contact them at 1-866-579-7172 and ask them to renew “Special” and make the individual episodes a lot longer.

Chuck’s Chat operates under an open authority. Opinions and comments are always welcome. Send them to soultraindancing@yahoo.com


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