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Tuesday 4 October 2022 01:39 AM Grace Tame on Love on the Spectrum: Why activist unleashed on autistic ... trends now
Tuesday 4 October 2022 01:39 AM Grace Tame on Love on the Spectrum: Why activist unleashed on Netflix autistic ... trends now

Tuesday 4 October 2022 01:39 AM Grace Tame on Love on the Spectrum: Why activist unleashed on Netflix autistic ... trends now

Grace Tame has unleashed on the reality dating show that centres around those with autism, Love on the Spectrum, admitting it makes her 'wince'.

The 27-year-old, who has autism and ADHD herself, took aim at the series in her recently released book The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner: A Memoir.

She criticised how the show was a 'novelty' for those without the disorder, and said people's differences had been sold as a 'commercial product'.

'The stereotype of people with autism being emotionless or unempathetic - at least in my experience - couldn't be further from the truth,' she said.

'I think about the TV show Love on the Spectrum and I wince.

'Whatever educational benefit that show brings in offering a glimpse of different representations of people with autism, it doesn't outweigh the ultimate, inevitable cost of selling those people's differences - their struggles - as a commercial product; as entertainment.' 

Grace Tame has unleashed on the reality dating show that centres around those with autism, Love on the Spectrum, admitting it makes her 'wince'

Grace Tame has unleashed on the reality dating show that centres around those with autism, Love on the Spectrum, admitting it makes her 'wince'

The 27-year-old, who has autism and ADHD herself, took aim at the series in her recently released book The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner: A Memoir. Tame is pictured with UNSW criminologist Michael Salter

The 27-year-old, who has autism and ADHD herself, took aim at the series in her recently released book The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner: A Memoir. Tame is pictured with UNSW criminologist Michael Salter

Tame, the 2021 Australian of the Year for her role in advocating for sexual assault victims, said that Love on the Spectrum, and similar shows like it, meant those with autism

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