Last night, I was watching a promo for a new comedy show. The show looked like it would be really funny. I have seen some of the clips that the network has shared over the past few months. I laughed at a lot of them. Tonight however, one clip caught me off guard. It showed a blatant misconception about life with diabetes and I wondered if I was just being silly.
“I need to get my insulin”
The scene had a woman trying to go into a room. The room was already filled with people who were in some sort of conflict. She told the people in the room that she needed to get in because “I need to get my insulin“. My ears instantly perked up. There is going to be a character on the show who needs insulin?? How cool was that!!
Sadly my excitement was short lived. When the lady saw the turmoil in the room she exited stating that she would just go and “eat an orange”.
Insulin will not cure hypoglycemia
Those of us who live in the world of diabetes know that if she ate the orange she would need insulin…unless of course, she was low (hypoglycemic) and then she didn’t need the insulin to begin with.
I get that it is just humor. I further understand that 99% of the audience won’t even notice the error. It still bothered me. I sent the show a message telling them of the error. So far they haven’t answered.
Misconceptions about diabetes can be dangerous
Diabetes can be funny. When my son shot blood across the table when testing his finger, we all laughed…yes its a bit morbid but we laughed. I don’t think that spreading misconceptions about any condition is funny, however.
Diabetes has many, many myths surrounding it. People with diabetes (both Type 1 and Type 2) face them every day. We don’t need mainstream media fueling the fires with more false information.
I don’t think that I am being overly sensitive. I have read of other people with diabetes watching the show and being equally annoyed. I am all about laughter and fun but I really, really don’t like it when it is done at the expense of others.
Some will say, lighten up. No one was hurt by this. That is not exactly true. What happens if my son is low at work? Will his colleagues think that he needs insulin to get him through rather than passing him a juice box? Misconceptions are dangerous for those living with the disease. People living with diabetes live with enough blame and guilt. We really don’t need mainstream media continuing to blur the water.
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