Sean McElwee, known for his role on the Emmy Winning television show Born this Way on A&E, is celebrating the second year anniversary of his T-Shirt business Seanese—Brow Raisin’ T’s.
He has been working on a design that is near to his heart to launch for the occasion.
In the discussion of Diversity the largest minority group in the United States is consistently left out of the discussion. The media has been covering the diversity conversations around Hollywood Inclusion—but they too keep forgetting about the 48.9 million people with disabilities. According to RespectAbility, “When disability is excluded from diversity conversations, and not visible in film and television shows, Hollywood is disenfranchising the one-in-five Americans who have a disability.”
Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population have a disability, according to a 2012 Census Bureau report. But in 900 films released in theaters between 2007-2016, a total of 2.7 percent of the characters with speaking parts had a disability, according to researchers at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
“Even the National talk shows don’t include people with intellectual disabilities. The cast of Born this Way was never invited to Ellen, James Cordin or even the Today Show. Not even after the show has had 9 Emmy Nominations or when they won Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program,” said Sandra McElwee, Sean's mother.
Speaking with his latest design, Sean tried his best to find a symbol that resembled each letter in the word "DIVERSITY" to depict many of the groups who sit at the diversity table. (He apologizes to any who have been inadvertently left out)
Here’s the shirt's design:
Here’s the explanation of each symbol that is vaguely shaped in the form of each letter to spell out the word DIVERSITY.
D— Ninety-three percent of people with disabilities don’t use a wheelchair even though the universal symbol that identifies this group is a person in a wheelchair.
I—Depicts an African American woman.
V—The rainbow is commonly known as the LGBTQ symbol of pride.
E—the sign language letter E—to represent the deaf community.
R—A common symbol of older adults.
S— Chinese Dragons and Asian Dragon meanings are ultimate symbols of cosmic Chi (energy).
I---The rainbow-colored infinity symbol represents the diversity of the autism spectrum as well as the greater neurodiversity movement.
T—The Native American Sun Symbol means “Earth Guardian in Day”, and it can also represent Healing Energy.
Y—the Down Syndrome Ribbon had to be turned upside down to resemble the letter Y. This is pretty appropriate as people with Down syndrome are turning the doom and gloom predictions medical professionals make at their birth on their head.
See the shirt styles and colors available here. Photo: Tatiana Lee models the DIVERSITY Ladies Scoopneck in Charity Pink.
Sean hopes you like the new shirt design. Do you find a symbol on this shirt that you can relate to?