Ryan O’Connell: Special Creator Breaks New Ground for Disability and LGBTQ+ Representation

According to GLAAD’s 2018-2019 Where We Are on TV Report, while the 2018-19 television season includes 18 characters with disabilities, versus 16 in 2017-18, that number still vastly underrepresents the actual number of people with disabilities, representing less than one-sixth. Furthermore, while more than one-third of LGBTQ+ adults have a disability, GLAAD’s report found only fourContinue reading “Ryan O’Connell: Special Creator Breaks New Ground for Disability and LGBTQ+ Representation”

Comedian Ryan Niemiller Wows America’s Got Talent Judges, Uses Platform to Push for More Disability Representation on Television

This season on America’s Got Talent, we already have seen two acts with disabilities audition. On the season premiere, autistic blind singer Kodi Lee earned the golden buzzer from Gabrielle Union, skipping straight to the live shows. In the second audition episode, Ryan Niemiller, a comedian with a disability in both arms, made it through to theContinue reading “Comedian Ryan Niemiller Wows America’s Got Talent Judges, Uses Platform to Push for More Disability Representation on Television”

Blind Autistic Singer Earns Season’s First Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent

On the season premiere of America’s Got Talent, a 22-year-old blind autistic man sang for the judges and earned the golden buzzer, advancing straight to the live shows. Kodi Lee’s voice and piano skills were exceptional, and it is wonderful to see people with disabilities succeed and be represented on reality television. But unfortunately, the way America’sContinue reading “Blind Autistic Singer Earns Season’s First Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent”

The Slow Death of the Live Show

If you couldn’t tell from everything else on this blog, I love Reality Singing Competitions because I enjoy finding new artists to follow and hopefully see live. My favorite part of each show is the live rounds, for three reasons: Limited editing means I get a feel for how each artist would fare in concertContinue reading “The Slow Death of the Live Show”

America’s Got Talent: The Champions Showcases People with Disabilities for Their Talents

This week on NBC, America’s Got Talent: The Champions crowned Shin Lim as the winner of the title “Best In The World.” But there were plenty of other winners on the show, including several talented acts with disabilities who returned to the Got Talent stage to perform for the world once again. Read more at RespectAbility

The Last Perfect Winning Moment on Reality Competition TV

Ever since The Voice season 15 ended and I watched the winning moment out of curiosity, I’ve been thinking about winning moments on these shows. And frankly, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a perfect one. And that was in 2008, when David Cook won American Idol. Why is it perfect? Several reasons.

Gay and on the Autism Spectrum: My Experience Growing Up in the Closet

Early in the eighth grade, one of my friends posted a video on Facebook using the webcam on his computer and lots of visual effects as a fun waste of time. I decided to steal his idea, making a silly little video that I intended for just my friends to see. This one decision toContinue reading “Gay and on the Autism Spectrum: My Experience Growing Up in the Closet”