Read this first line in Jeff Foxworthy’s voice: If you ever lost your mind because of the ableist racism of a superhero movie…you might be a liberal. A writer for The Daily Beast is in hysterics because she claims the new Marvel movie Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn’t accurately portray disabled people and in a very racist way. This is something that an actual human being not only thought up but is terribly upset by. I have a theory that stuff like this is what keeps the left from ever having any real power in this country. This just don’t pick their battles very well.
Here’s an actual paragraph from an actual Daily Beast article:
With widespread discussions about who gets to tell stories about marginalized communities, it remains rare to see characters with disabilities in mass-market media. Marvel’s latest, Ant-Man and the Wasp, could have been incredibly forward-thinking with its introduction of Ava, played by Hannah John-Kamen, a woman of color dealing with chronic pain. Unfortunately, short-sighted filmmakers hamper this depiction which could have furthered the conversation on race and disability with ableistic tropes, including the desire for a miraculous cure.
Don’t worry, it’s not like this liberal writer does’t understand that superhero movies aren’t very realistic or anything:
John-Kamen plays Ava in Ant-Man and the Wasp, a woman whose condition is due to the effects of quantum forces which leave her cells unstable and constantly “phasing” between dimensions.
Well see, there’s your problem. Quantumly forced unstable cells with dimensional phasing isn’t a real affliction. Maybe this ailment isn’t real, but the racism is:
Film portrayals of disability often ignore race; the majority of disabled characters in mainstream media are white men…
And more racism:
That could be an oversight on the screenwriters’ part due to narrative pacing, or the fact that, with white men working on the script and directing the feature, they simply failed to notice its importance.
And even more racism:
Instead of helping Ava find a way to cope (and not necessarily eradicate) her disability, the film seeks to provide a cure. It does so with its own version of “white science,” a term coined by author Carol Clover in her psychoanalytic exploration of horror films, Men, Women, and Chainsaws. It refers to anything considered to be “Western traditional medicine,” usually dispensed or controlled by a white man.
What is up with these racist white people and their science? I suppose the offended author of this piece would have been more comfortable if this character with the made-up disease had sought some kind of West African voodoo cure to show that “white science” isn’t as great as we think it is.
Ant-Man and the Wasp’s treatment of disability will go under the radar. But in a landscape where disability remains marginalized, particularly for women of color (and people of color in general), a character like Ava could have helped opened the door. Chronic pain remains a hot-button issue in the disabled community, and having Ava live with it could have presented something relatable. Instead, Ava is stripped of her problem in order to make her rational, quantifiable, and controllable.
Did you catch that last little crazy bit? The author is saying that the character Ava being cured by a white science miracle, she was actually “stripped” of her womanhood and person of colorhood. Let’s bring back Jeff Foxworthy: If you think that it is preferable to live with chronic pain that to accept a cure from a white man…you just might be a liberal.
If this is the kind of thing that gets this author all worked up, maybe she’s need of some of that white science miracle cure stuff. Perhaps a lobotomy or at least a heavy dosage of something mood altering. It’s a movie! And it’s not even a bio pic or a documentary!