The long-anticipated “Incredibles 2” movie came out recently. Unfortunately, many people with epilepsy have expressed concerns about flashing and strobe lights in various parts of the movie. Because of the issues that many experienced, the Epilepsy Foundation requested that Disney/Pixar post warnings to let fans know that the movie may trigger seizures in some. This is the first time that The Epilepsy Foundation has made this kind of request to a movie. However, they did recently request that Apple take down promotions featuring flashing lights.
It is important to note that these scenes do not affect everyone with epilepsy. However, for approximately 3 percent of people with epilepsy, seizures can be triggered by certain rates of flashing lights or contrasting light and dark patterns. This is known as photosensitive epilepsy. Unfortunately, there are scenes in the “Incredibles 2” movie that can be problematic for these people.
This situation raises the question of why this happened, and if Disney is doing enough. On the one hand, they did send advisory warnings to all theatres. However, they have yet to post any warnings on their Facebook or Twitter pages. It is unfortunate that scenes that are problematic for those with photosensitive epilepsy even made it to theaters.
For some, there is also the concern that this situation promotes stereotypical views of epilepsy. They feel it may perpetuate the idea that epilepsy is all about flashing lights and tonic-clonic seizures when it is actually a much more complex and nuanced condition.
What are your thoughts and feelings about this situation?