Joining the host of independently produced videos and shows using YouTube as their platform is My Gimpy Life. This new show explores Hollywood’s attitudes towards people with disabilities through the experiences of an aspiring actress who uses a wheelchair. According to the series’ YouTube channel, episodes depict, “The awkward adventures of a driven actress (Teal Sherer) trying to navigate Hollywood in a wheelchair.” The comedy is somewhat inspired by the real life of main actress Teal Sherer, who also uses a wheelchair. On her website Sherer states that she considers herself “an actor, producer, and advocate for the inclusion of performers with disabilities in the entertainment industry.” Viewers follow Teal as she finds ways around inaccessible buildings to attend auditions, vents to her friends, and forms relationships with other actors with disabilities. My Gimpy Life discusses familiar themes such as inspiration porn and the misconceptions around sex and people with disabilities. The show is a comedy, with fun and sometimes frank humor. Teal’s honesty, both with the people in her life and with her audience, makes the show a positive contribution to the conversations around Hollywood exclusivity. The show concluded its first season last year, gaining a subscriber base of over 11,000 on YouTube. My Gimpy Life’s devoted fans also contributed to the successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the show’s second season, which is currently in production.
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