There's a new movie out now called "Me Before You" with the tagline - "A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of".
Just that tagline alone irked me. Just great, another "oh poor disabled person needs taking care of" crap.
Then of course I had to read more about it. It's based on Jojo Moyes novel of the same name and is basically a "love story" between a wealthy former playboy, Will, who becomes involved with a small town girl, Lou.
Fine, I don't like romances in the first place, but what got my hackles up was that Will has been quadriplegic since a road accident several years earlier and had decided he wanted to kill himself.
Are you shitting me?!? More deception that disabled people's lives are worthless? The movie studio tried promoting the movie with a hashtag #LiveBoldly which backfired because as one person commented "the hashtag only applied to the able-bodied at the cost of a disabled man's life". (As Lou was able to live well after Will died and left a lot of money to her).
So you can imagine the backlash among the disabled community. They started a hashtag #MeBeforeAbleism
It's hard enough dealing with people every day that doubt or belittle your abilities and you have Hollywood perpetrating it even more.
So knock off the bullshit Hollywood!! I don't need your patronizing and false portrayal of me as a disabled person for your inspiration porn!
I'm Deafblind and I am a wife, mother of two teenagers and work from home and guess what? I'm HAPPY!
So for you moviegoers - skip this movie and tell Hollywood that this crap needs to stop!