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by Felicity category: Community
Me Before You is yet another example of a disabled character - written by a non-disabled author and played by a non-disabled actor - who opts for suicide, rather than to live with a physical impairment. The list is almost endless, from Whose Life Is It, Anyway to Gattaca to Million Dollar Baby.
Disabled people are sick of it being seen as reasonable for us to kill ourselves. Suicide is not portrayed as reasonable for non-disabled people. We are angry that non-disabled people feel free to misrepresent our lives and to create fiction about disability based on their own fears & prejudices. Such bigotry & misrepresentation would not be considered acceptable about any other minority. It is time disabled people were treated with the same respect as other citizens.
No more able-bodied actors "cripping-up"! No more non-disabled writers devaluing our lives out of ignorance and prejudice!
I'm a disabled woman who is heartily sick of authors and filmmakers assuming that lives like mine aren't worth living!