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Okay to make fun of asthma?

79dc13_dadd11df85cc4e509c6d54a9cab11051Let me start off by saying this: I definitely DO NOT think it’s okay to make fun of asthma or people who have asthma. It’s a serious medical condition.

Did you know that over 25 million Americans have asthma? Perhaps you know someone with asthma. Does their asthma seem to flare up when they are around dust or computers? Asthma attacks can happen at any time and some can be quite serious.

So, then why is it okay to make fun of asthma in movies or TV shows? It happens all the time. A 2012 study shows that movies like Goonies, Sidekicks, Signs, and Jimmy Neutron, all have characters with asthma and, at times, the characters’ asthmatic condition is used as comedic relief.

Almost 1 in every 10 children in the U.S. have asthma. If it’s such a prevalent issue, then why is asthma seen as acceptable to make light of? It would never be appropriate to make fun of kids in wheel chairs, with AIDs, with cancer, or with any other medical condition. So then why asthma?

  •  – In one of America’s favorite comedies, The Big Bang Theory, Leonard is shown having asthma attacks, which are sometimes linked to panicking.
  •  – In a Nickelodeon movie, Jimmy Neutron, Carl Weezer literally uses his inhaler as a prop during show and tell. (Not to mention that his last name is Weezer.)
  •  – In the 1985 classic movie, The Goonies, Mike is shown throughout the film using his inhaler and towards the end throws the inhaler away. (Depicting his asthma was a mental hurdle?)
  •  – In Hitch, Albert Brenneman, in one particular scene, throws his inhaler down the street, right before kissing his new girlfriend. (Again depicting that asthma is a mental thing?)

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