okay i’ve been away from the internet and away from comic stores so i haven’t picked up hawkeye 19 yet or heard any of the dialogue around it, but I just saw a tweet from Aja and it’s really well-meaning and all, but for whatever reason it just ANNOYED THE FUCK OUT OF ME.
Just, no. Reading a comic issue in sign-language does not mean you’re “starting to learn what being disabled is” it doesn’t fucking compare to getting teased by assholes in elementary school for wearing hearing aids, it doesn’t compare to going to TRULY absurd lengths to hide them to avoid the teasing, it doesn’t compare to getting yelled at on the phone by people for asking them to repeat something it does not. fucking. compare. to BEING UNABLE TO GET THE FULL BENEFITS OF GROUP THERAPY, WHICH THEORETICALLY I REALLY NEED IN TERMS OF ANXIETY/DEPRESSION RECOVERY, because everyone talks at whisper level and no matter how many times you ask they won’t raise their goddamn voices. and like, good for you that you want to raise representation and awareness, seriously good for you, i have been waiting for this comic and storyline sixteen months because it is so important but just don’t. Don’t fucking pretend it even begins to compare. Because it doesn’t.