Posted 19 June 2015 - 09:49 PM
I do not know if this is just me but I have always noticed a negative representation of Ibs, and other digestive issues, in film and tv - and it pisses me off!
I've noticed this happens a lot in sitcoms or comedies, they like to use ibs mostly when looking for a cheap laugh. The character who is always given IBS is someone who is seen as weird, unattractive, pathetic, and disgusting. Never have I seen a cool, likable character have a digestive disorder and this is a big problem!
I recently saw this twice in the last week. One on an episode of the show "Community" where the character Chang, who is known for being crazy and alien, mentioned he had a bowel condition and it was played for laughs- because, of course, only people who are crazy and strange would have ibs!
The second time was when I was watching an episode of "Younger" in which two publishers were reading rejected book transcripts. In one of the books the character experienced incontinence to which the publishers responded with great disgust "EWWW!"
I use television as a way to escape life (and often to escape thinking about my symptoms) and hearing things like this just remind me of how different I am from "normal" people and that my illness is wrong, disgusting, or unnatural and it makes me really depressed. I am totally for using humor to cope but when people write about this debilitating illness like it is a big joke it undermines our experience and pushes ibs suffers away from what is deemed as acceptable in our society.
Has anyone else had similar experiences or know of any show or movie with a positive depiction of ibs? I would love to hear about it!
Posted 20 June 2015 - 05:39 AM
Posted 25 June 2015 - 05:59 PM
I know IBS was mentioned once in The Office. Never again though, so it's as if the character didn't even have IBS, it was just to make a sort of joke about it.
Posted 26 June 2015 - 06:23 AM
i remember that episode of The Office. and yes, you're right--they just made it into a sort of joke, i didn't like it at all because of that.
Kelsey Grammer's now ex wife, Camille, was diagnosed with IBS in 1996 and made a public service announcement about it, in an attempt to raise awareness of IBS. they both got quite involved in this.
these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.
Posted 26 June 2015 - 09:21 PM
As someone who wants to pursue TV and film as a profession I had a hard time finding people who had IBS that were successful, just a lot of jokes and gags. I feel like it makes it more difficult to be taken seriously.