If programme-makers had the courage to take the plunge and be more imaginative in terms of casting and writing characters, seeing people with unusual faces could just become a regular thing and not frightening at all. But the impact on all of us would be extraordinary.
Changing Faces believes that television and the media can play a big role in changing attitudes and breaking down prejudice around disfigurement. We want to increase the visibility of people with disfigurements in everyday and public roles on television.
To do this, broadcasters need to commit to
Why do broadcasters need to know?
Broadcasters need to hear from people with disfigurements about how they feel when disfigurement is sometimes associated with ugliness, evil, danger, dullness, lack of intelligence and cruelty.
Some examples of the typical portrayals of people with disfigurements on television include
To make a difference to how disfigurement is broadcast
If you see or hear something on TV which is discriminatory or offensive towards disfigurement let the TV channel know. Include the following information to help them track down where you saw or heard it: the date, time, title of the programme, your postcode, why it offended / pleased you and what you would like to see them do differently. Make sure you tell us, too – send us an email or call 0345 450 0275.
The major broadcasters can be contacted in the following ways: