Concepts of diversity disclosed

Walking up to a person in a wheelchair and telling them “It’s amazing that you can drive a car!” is an example of what not to say.

Matt Glowacki explained concepts of diversity, racism and body image in “Diversity According to ‘South Park’ and ‘Family Guy'” Nov. 12 in Otto Budig Theater.

“I’d rather you come up to me and ask, ‘How do you drive a car?'” Glowacki said.

In addition to traveling to schools and colleges around the country, Glowacki also designs and manufactures wheelchairs and owns a disc jockey business.

Glowacki used examples from his life as well as clips from popular television shows “South Park” and “Family Guy” to illustrate his points.

He explained that the two TV shows are actually educational, and tell you so if you just listen to them.

“The theme song of ‘Family Guy’ tells you that it is going to teach you sound morals and guidelines,” Glowacki said. “But these shows aren’t for kids.”

He explained that these TV shows parody real-life events and children under age 13 can’t tell the difference between a role model and someone who is supposed to be funny.

Glowacki explained terms such as “ableism,” or as he called it “gimphobic.”

“It means you’re afraid of crippled people,” Glowacki said.

He defined diversity as taking the time to learn from people who are not like you.

Glowacki emphasized talking to your friends about insensitive comments they may say.

“It’s not an easy conversation to have,” Glowacki said. “But explain to them you want to continue to like them, but it’s hard to be their friend when they say things like that.”