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It seems I have a problem with movies and TV constantly (I love them but they insult me on so many levels). It's just with autism portrayals I feel stupid no matter what. There seems to be 2 different types of autistic people in the media. The blunt creep (this type isn't necessarily stupid but aren't really painted as intelligent either) and the quirky genius who's shy around the opposite sex. I feel both are equally hurtful...to me personally. It feels like society expects me to either be an asshole or a prodigy. And I'm neither so there's not place for me anywhere. I wouldn't consider myself completely dysfunctional in social situations. But they make me really anxious, I can't tell when someone is being genuine or not, I seldom know how to react to jokes so I just sit quietly in the corner and come off as rude. I'm not trying to be rude. And I don't spit out everything that runs through my head regardless of how rude it is, you know like in movies. I'm not really smart either....I'm actually really stupid. Doesn't seem to matter whatever...There's just no room for real people when the expectations come from poorly thought out fiction.
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Do you have a favorite movie? Thanks
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Do you have a favorite movie? Thanks
Out of movies that focus on autistic characters? No. I haven't really seen one I've been really impressed with and usually those come from comedy or drama genres, neither of which do I really love. I'm a horror fan.
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I agree with you. Media representation is still far behind, and this included autism/Asperger. That really sucks
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I'm not so disturbed by movies where auties have special skills. Even if it is not realistic we often do special skills JUST NOT TO THAT EXTENT. If an autie child in a movie can be a hacker or a wiz at math it doesn't bug me so much. I don't think people expect that from me. Just once I have been asked what my super skill is, LOL.

As for the other types where the negative dominates, I hate it. Especially if they are murderers. Like they kill people because they were turned down or something silly.

For some reason I feel it is easier to portrait auties than aspies. I quite liked Snow Cake. I think it was because it didn't sensationalize the autie, but also let the NT man get a big part in the story. Like they were of equal worth.

The best asperger movies is where there is a group of friends and one has aspergers but it isn't ever expressed and he/she is a friend just like the others are friends just that us with aspergers can understand what he has.

I like Wire In the Blood even if it is a crim show and not realistic. The UK version. The main character is an expert on people, but he has aspergers. He isn't anywhere near a typical aspie, but maybe that is why I like the show. I like the storylines as well. I think the consolation I get from it is that even if he is a bit quirky, they cannot do without him.

Reminds me of my own life. Even if I am different, I am the hub among my friends. I am needed. Sometimes stressful, sometimes a good feeling.
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I'm not so disturbed by movies where auties have special skills. Even if it is not realistic we often do special skills JUST NOT TO THAT EXTENT. If an autie child in a movie can be a hacker or a wiz at math it doesn't bug me so much. I don't think people expect that from me. Just once I have been asked what my super skill is, LOL.

As for the other types where the negative dominates, I hate it. Especially if they are murderers. Like they kill people because they were turned down or something silly.

For some reason I feel it is easier to portrait auties than aspies. I quite liked Snow Cake. I think it was because it didn't sensationalize the autie, but also let the NT man get a big part in the story. Like they were of equal worth.

The best asperger movies is where there is a group of friends and one has aspergers but it isn't ever expressed and he/she is a friend just like the others are friends just that us with aspergers can understand what he has.

I like Wire In the Blood even if it is a crim show and not realistic. The UK version. The main character is an expert on people, but he has aspergers. He isn't anywhere near a typical aspie, but maybe that is why I like the show. I like the storylines as well. I think the consolation I get from it is that even if he is a bit quirky, they cannot do without him.

Reminds me of my own life. Even if I am different, I am the hub among my friends. I am needed. Sometimes stressful, sometimes a good feeling.
Eh well you're allowed to like what you like. These are really just my silly thoughts.
I just have it in my that either people are going to invalidate me because I don't fit into the stereotypes they've seen in movies.
OK one time my friend told me I wasn't smart enough to be autistic. Honestly it baffles me as much as it offends because that is some really bizarre logic there. But hey the thing I worried about actually happened.
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OK one time my friend told me I wasn't smart enough to be autistic. Honestly it baffles me as much as it offends because that is some really bizarre logic there. But hey the thing I worried about actually happened.
See, I was told I'm not stupid/disabled enough to be autistic. Remarks came from a social worker and a school teacher at elementary level. Both are probably seeing children with more obvious issues.

On autistic movie characters, I'd categorize shy geniuses as aspie candidates, not necessarily blunt creeps. I'll watch out for them moving forward
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