[Edge Notes] Different Construction on Our Glass Screen

What comes to mind when you hear the word difable? People with disabilities, can not be independent, certain abnormalities and so on. Whatever comes to mind you have to admit that the disbelievers are a minority in most people's minds. Yes many people think that they are different is the burden, the only object of mercy to deserve discrimination or even ostracized.

It sounds painful, but such a mindset still exists and lodges in the minds of some Indonesians. Starting from school, work world even glass screen!

Discriminative mindset against the disable in this era is also agreed by the television industry, especially soap operas. In some soap operas on our screens' disabilities that are handled with disabilities are used as a compassionate selling factor, even the core of the problem in the story. The story construction of some soap operas that have been and are being aired in Indonesia mostly puts the disabled as 'different' people who can not be anything, weak, the source of the problem, and even hated, and on the other part at once placed as the pity center.

For example, on the soap opera The Little Series For God The Series that ever aired RCTI in mid-2013, the episode of 81 episodes of this episode raised the story of Keke, a child with cancer who had to undergo school activities by sitting in a wheelchair due to his illness, while in school, Keke always gets ridicule from Angel's classmates who always make fun of Keke with the words "Teens want to die" and "big baby" Words that construct a disabled as a weak creature, troublesome and bring trouble.

Moreover, these words are very inappropriate to be spoken to a sick person, nor do they deserve to be imitated by children or anyone else. How to pray for people to die or to be rude "Sick people die" Gosh! the result, from 81 episodes aired, this sinetron pocketed 6 "letters of love" not consecutive from KPI throughout 2013 ago. Love letter that did not also make a deterrent, the evidence yesterday (25/11/16) at three in the morning, RCTI broadcast this soap opera.

Another portrait of a soap opera constructed as a troublemaker is in the morning cinema entitled "I Hate My Blind Child" that Indosiar aired in May 2016 ago, this soap opera tells of a father who did not accept his son born in a blind condition. The father then throw it away because it is considered a child unlucky. Pity. The glass display constructs the blinded disfigured as an unlucky carrier and deserves to be thrown away.

In line with Indosiar, RCTI also repeats the soap opera themed. An FTV that aired entitled Child Wasted aired in October 2016 ago the story is still about parents who do not accept his son was born crippled and finally handed over to his aide to be confessed to a child and cared for.


Weak people, troublemakers, troublesome and outcasts, So many of the soap operas on screen are constructing disabled people. On the other hand, people with disabilities are often positioned as mercenaries in some reality show genre programs and even on-screen news. There are difabel who are questioned about his illness, scraped up his tears just to catch new tears: the tears of viewers. Sympathy and empathy are often the fishing rod to improve the rating of the program. Difabel is constructed as a reasonable object of suffering to be pitied and discriminated against.

An actual construction of thought is contrary to the Broadcasting Code of Conduct and Broadcasting Standard (P3-SPS) standards issued by KPI 2012. In the P3-SPS mentioned in Chapter 10, the articles on Protection of Certain People and Community Groups are included.

Article 15 paragraph 1 C which reads:"Broadcasters shall observe and protect the rights and interests of persons with certain physical conditions".

Obviously the embodiment of points protecting here includes not making fun of the difables in the content and production of the broadcast. Yet somehow! It seems that our screens are still flawed to understand the basic thing: that protection and opportunity are the right of the disabled who are now cut from the screen to discrimination as fairness into the daily diet that our mind digests: the viewers of the screen.

So, Who is the real flaw? Those with difables or (partially) our screen shows?

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude". – Scott Hamilton.

Creative Greetings!

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