Insights from some of our supporters into the portrayal of disfigurement in films.
“I’ve not enjoyed seeing only the villains as having a facial difference. It has not exactly made me feel good about myself. It’s made me realise how ‘beautiful’ looking the hero of the story is in contrast to the evil looking villain”
“I’ve felt powerless to do anything about it – as I’m just one person against a massive industry, and I’ve had to accept that that is just how it is”
“Just because I have a disfigurement I should be deemed as evil or even hidden away, this is and always has been exceptionally hurtful to me personally”
“I personally feel that the constant portal of negative fictional characters that happen to have a disfigurement is keeping the discrimination flame alive”.
“I was called ‘Two-face’ from Batman or ‘the Phantom of the Opera,’ as they were both ‘baddies,’ it made me question what I had done that was so wrong to be left disfigured”
“My childhood dream was to become an actress but because of my facial disfigurement, I assumed that it would never be something I could do I put my dream to one side and focused on what I considered to be more ‘realistic’ dreams instead”
“I have always wanted to try acting, because I love story telling, but it’s something I never thought I could do because I have a disfigurement”
“If society was exposed to happy, funny or romantic portrayals of disfigurement in movies or drama, then people would be stereotyped to believe that living with a disfigurement can be positive, not sad, lonely or one huge problem… It would help audiences to see us as people first who just happen to have a disfigurement and that we do what everybody else does”