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Scripted words of a character in the long-running British television soap Coronation Street have shocked and horrified people with multiple sclerosis – and with good reason.
During Friday night’s episode, the character Izzy Armstrong reacted angrily to her doctor saying that she could not have a cannabis spray for pain relief. In a temper, she said: “It’s not every day I wish I had MS”.
Her words were criticised on the social media with one woman writing on the Multiple Sclerosis Trust’s Facebook page said: “I realise there are many conditions other than MS that cause severe pain but to script that she wishes she had MS seems quite unreal and insensitive to me.”
Other social media users were equally annoyed and upset about the words uttered by wheelchair-user Izzy who, when she first appeared on the show in April 2010, was much heralded as the soap’s first disabled regular character in 50 years.
What I find even more peculiar than some insensitive scriptwriting is that Izzy actress Cherylee Houston agreed to say the line – after all, she has a disability herself.
Cherylee has Hypermobility-type Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Izzy is supposed to have the same disability.
Hypermobility describes joints that stretch further than normal. For example, some hypermobile people can bend their thumbs backwards to their wrists, bend their knee joints backwards, put their leg behind the head or perform other contortionist ‘tricks’. It can affect one or more joints throughout the body. When present in the hands, it is colloquially referred to as being ‘double-jointed’.
Anyone aggrieved by Izzy’s dialogue is being urged to complain to ITV at www.itv.com/contactus