From the Comfort of Your Own Couch: Is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s You Can’t Ask That an Educational Documentary, or a 21st century Freak Show?
This interrogation begins with a question — Is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s series, You Can’t Ask That, an educational documentary, or instead, is the series a 21st-century version of the freak show? The answer, as can be said about most discussions pertaining to disability, is not a simple binary. Although the series can be lauded for creating a public space for the experience of persons with disabilities to be heard in the world, the framing of disability in the series is fraught with ableism.
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