Today in “Oh FFS REALLY???!!!”;
So some people on Tumblr and Twitter are all in a tizzy complaining that Fox is Ablest because Ryan Reynolds’ version of Deadpool won’t be schizophrenic.
There are 3 problems with this that make me want to smack people for derailing far more important conversations with a misplaced whinefest that actually has NO ablesm to protest.
1) The ACTUAL announcement from Fox was simply that Deadpool would not be having conversations with his colour-coded word balloons as in the comics. Which makes sense, because it’s an action movie, and making the audience do that much reading to keep up will just ruin the pacing of the film. They did NOT announce, as the angry folks claim “Oh yeah Deadpool will be crazy in our film but not THAT crazy haw haw haw”. They ONLY said they will not use a particular comic book aesthetic that simply would not translate well to film.
2) It has not once, EVER in the comics been said that Deadpool actually suffers legitimately FROM Schizophrenia. He’s been CALLED Schizo as an insult, (which frankly is WAY more Ablest than anything people are having fits about), but Marvel has NEVER ONCE claimed that Wade Wilson was Schizophrenic, nor has he in any comic claimed it of himself. His insanity has always been explained as a side effect of the excessively painful process that made him basically immortal. It hurt so much his mind broke. Guess what? THAT IS NOT HOW SCHIZOPHRENIA HAPPENS!!!
3) It would be far more offensive if the comics HAD claimed he was Schizophrenic, because I KNOW people with schizophrenia and, once again kids, SCHIZOPHRENIA DOES NOT ACTUALLY WORK THAT WAY! While most, not all but most Schizophrenics do hear voices when unmedicated, but they are not clear, distinct recurring voices with a clear distinct personality like the voices portrayed by the word balloons in Deadpool’s comic appearance. THAT would be Dissociative Identity Disorder. Schizophrenic voices are generally described as a cacophonic jumble of indistinct white noise, like a crowd having multiple conversations around you and you’re unable to make out any one distinct conversation. It would be far more ablest and insensitive TO call Deadpool a Schizophrenic than to say he isn’t.
There is SO much ACTUAL Ablesm in the media you Tumblr/Twitter folks could be calling out, let alone all the racism and transphobia and POC’s being murdered by cops. PLEASE stop Grampa Simpsoning like this over an issue YOU MADE UP IN YOUR OWN HEADS.
The Deadpool movie is NOT being Ablest by supposedly not portraying Wade as Schizo. YOU are Ablest for insisting he MUST be.
Tags: Ablesm, Deadpool, Fox, Marvel, mental illness, Penny For Your Thoughts, Ryan Reynolds, Schizophrenia