Proper representation of people who stammer on TV, movies, Radio, Theatre etc.

Proper representation of people who stammer on TV, movies, Radio, Theatre etc.

Started
1 February 2022
Petition to
Minister of Information and Broadcasting, India and
Signatures: 25,691Next Goal: 35,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by ssstart

Imagine growing up in a world where stammering voices are frequently heard on the TV and radio. Where people who stammer and those who don't are used to hearing stammering voices and aren't surprised by it.

That won’t happen unless and until all our media embrace the fact that stammering voices, like different accents, need to be heard on TV and the radio.

We call upon all of our media channels to ensure that people who stammer are represented in our media spaces.

To commit to ensuring that you have the policies, procedures and messages in place to encourage those who stammer to take a full part in producing and appearing on your programmes. On the news, in soaps, in chat shows, as experts.

All you need to do is actively encourage and platform our voices and allow extra time for us to finish.

Stammering is how some people talk. It has nothing to do with intelligence. Stammering isn’t that unusual, but you wouldn’t know that based on how few people we hear stammer on the radio or television.

Indeed for many, when they see people stammering in movies is the time they are an object of mockery, or mere insensitive comedy. Bollywood is highly inexperienced on how to treat people with speech disabilities on big screen.

This is unacceptable. It doesn’t reflect the real world where so many people stammer. It makes people who stammer feel isolated and unseen, or even ashamed and feeling the need to hide their stammer. It also means that people who don’t stammer don’t know what to do or how to react when they meet someone who does. This stigma, impacting people from the very start of their lives, affects mental health and career prospects, and results in a real loss of talent on every career path, every industry.

End this and include people who stammer routinely in your programming, because diversity includes disfluency.

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Signatures: 25,691Next Goal: 35,000
Support now