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Bad naming skills aside, ‘The Undateables’ has a serious issue with infantilising fully grown adults.
The struggles that non-able-bodied people often face in a society that doesn’t factor them in are not entertainment.
The British Library’s information page on Victorian freakshows describes the appeal of the outdated format of entertainment as quenching “the public thirst for stories of adventure, struggle and hardship”.
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