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Queer Eye failed to do the disabled community justice

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06.08.2019

‘Yas Queen!’ The Fab Five are back with their hit Netflix series Queer Eye and, if like me you are a super fan, it couldn’t have come soon enough.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Queer Eye is a show all about love, acceptance, tolerance and personal growth, which sees a group of five gay men help people improve every element of their lives.

The fourth season brought something I was eagerly anticipating – the first ever visually disabled ‘inspirational’ participant.

The episode, which features Wesley Hamilton, a wheelchair user, community activist and adaptive athlete, is called Disabled But Not Really. And, while it is named after Wesley’s own organisation, this title left me bewildered.

Queer Eye is all about embracing who you are and feeling empowered so to perpetuate the idea that disability is a bad thing feels hypocritical.

I am not in any way trying to attack Wesley for naming his organisation this. It makes sense to him after becoming disabled through gang warfare, being shot and having his whole life change in a split second.

I am, however, disappointed by the show’s........

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