Clips from ABC’s ‘The Good Physician’ are going viral amid criticism of its illustration of autism. This is what it’s essential to know.

Still from "The Good Doctor" scene where Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) tells Dr. Han (Daniel Dae Kim) "I am a surgeon)

Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Han on “The Good Physician.”ABC

  • Clips from the medical drama “The Good Physician” went viral in Could.

  • They sparked memes about Freddie Highmore and Daniel Dae Kim’s characters, Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Han.

  • The viral clips additionally reignited criticism over the way in which that the present portrays autism.

Practically six years after “The Good Physician” premiered on ABC in 2017, the medical drama has been thrust into the highlight.

Clips from the ABC drama went viral on Twitter on Tuesday, sparking renewed criticism — and loads of dunking — in regards to the present’s central character. Dr. Shaun Murphy (performed by Freddie Highmore) is autistic, one thing that within the present lends him preternatural medical talents in a means that performs into the autistic savant trope.

This is how “The Good Physician” went viral, renewing a wave of debate in regards to the present’s illustration of autism.

Clips from the present first began trending on TikTok and Twitter in late April and early Could

It isn’t atypical for seemingly random films and TV reveals to go viral due to TikTok. As Polygon not too long ago reported, there’s a whole nook of the social-media platform that is devoted to reuploading film and TV clips, usually with little to no context. “The Good Physician” is a type of reveals that will get punted onto TikTok in chopped up little items that not-infrequently amass thousands and thousands of views, actually because they’re simply goofy.

In late April, the present seemingly broke out of its containment nook on the app, principally by a clip exhibiting Murphy repeatedly insisting to Daniel Dae Kim’s character Dr. Han that he’s a surgeon.

The sequence is from season two, episode 17 of the present and went viral a number of occasions on TikTok in April — first in an April 20 put up by the person @alilson_m that has 19.3 million views to this point, and once more in an April 22 put up by person @hnjiaaju14, whose video has roughly 20.5 million views to this point (each accounts are basically clip repositories for reveals like “The Good Physician” and “Gray’s Anatomy”).

On @hnjiauuju14’s put up, the feedback take a relatively sardonic flip.

“Me when I’m a surgeon,” one remark from early Could reads. “I feel he is a surgeon,” one other reads. “Bro is probably a surgeon,” one other says.

Meme parodies and edits of the sequence that warp Highmore’s voice in a helium-pitched earsore and add lasers to Kim’s eyes proliferated on TikTok. Different edits of fish clips imagined that Highmore was saying “I’m a sturgeon,” relatively than “surgeon.”

One other clip from the present has been circulating on-line, exhibiting Murphy repeatedly misgendering a transgender affected person. After the clip was uploaded to TikTok on April 25 by TikTok person @xiaoshuai057, it was reuploaded to Twitter by a number of accounts who made further transphobic statements or sided with Murphy misgendering the affected person.

The virality of ‘I’m a surgeon’ generated an ironic fandom for Dr. Han, and renewed criticism of the present’s illustration of autism 

On Could 6, movie author Man Dolbey reposted @hnjiaajuz14’s add of the clip onto Twitter, the place it is since been seen roughly 8.9 million occasions by customers on the platform. The Twitter add, in flip sparked additional memes and reactions — and criticism as properly.  

After the “I’m a surgeon” clip unfold to Twitter, memes about Dr. Han started to abound. Individuals enthusiastically praising Dr. Han, or making memes about him, turned an ironic kind of fandom.

Ultimately, “The Good Physician” memes have been distilled right into a singular battle: Surgeon vs. Han, which was utilized to different clips from the present.

The “I’m a surgeon” memes additionally collided with discussions in regards to the separate clip of the transgender baby on the present, with one individual reposting @CatchUpFeed’s add of it with the caption, “SURGEON NO!”

As memes about “The Good Physician” spun uncontrolled, with customers sharing different absurd snippets from the sequence, others raised criticism — and cracked jokes — about the way in which that the present represents folks with autism.

That criticism is not new. In 2018, a group of three medical doctors wrote in a visitor column for The Hollywood Reporter that the present continued a development in portraying autism as a form of “superpower,” predominantly by white, male genius characters just like the titular physician. Within the course of, it leaves behind folks with autism who do not match that depiction, they argued.

And amid the resurgent criticism, Sara Luterman, a caregiving reporter at The nineteenth who wrote in regards to the present for Slate in 2017, instructed The Washington Submit in Could that whereas she felt constructive in regards to the present when it premiered, she’s since realized that there are different sequence with “higher, fuller, extra reasonable reveals of autistic folks in them.”

On Twitter, some shared clips mocking the way in which that “The Good Physician” depicted Murphy’s autism, with one individual referring to the dramatized means graphics and medical data encompass him as he thinks as Murphy’s “autism powers.”

Others identified the present’s affiliation with Autism Speaks, a corporation that is been criticized for perpetuating dangerous narratives about autistic folks and failing to adequately serve or symbolize them. Many raised issues about the truth that Highmore, the actor who performs Dr. Murphy, doesn’t have autism.

Whereas “The Good Physician” has been on for years, this explicit viral second appeared to indicate a complete swathe of individuals on-line turning into conscious of community tv, as Bethy Squires wrote for Vulture. And whereas the memes have died down, “The Good Physician” will preserve chugging on — for not less than a seventh season, and possibly extra.

An ABC consultant didn’t reply to Insider’s request for remark.

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