I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t…
I stopped watching even before the end of season 1 because of this. It stopped being something where I could laugh and say “Yeah, that was me!”. That, and the writers of the show accidentally wrote Sheldon with very Asperger’s characteristics, but decided not to actually label him as Asperger’s because it would create “too much of a burden to get the details right”. There’s so little representation of Asperger’s and autism as a whole outside of characters that need to be ‘cured’ or ‘saved’. I was happy to see someone so painfully awkward still treated as relevant by the other characters; his social ineptness didn’t stop the other characters from treating him as a strange but smart person instead of a freak in need of help. The writer’s insistence that Sheldon didn’t have Asperger’s at all stung, really stung.