Me Before You Got Something Wrong About Disability
The adaptation of Jojo Moyes' best selling novel, Me Before You, is set to hit theaters this June. But the movie is already facing a lot of criticism for its portrayal of the life of a person with disability. (via TeenVogue.com)
The story of Me Before You revolves around the life of Will Traynor who got paralyzed after an accident. He chooses to end his life through assisted suicide because he can't stand living the life of a paralyzed man, which is frustrating for anyone who reads it.
UK activist group for persons with disability Not Dead Yet have been campaigning against assisted suicide, and they've been very vocal about their thoughts, describing the movie as "grossly misrepresenting the lives of the vast majority of disabled people."
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Ellen Clifford, a 38-year-old disabled activist, explained that "the message of the film is that disability is tragedy and disabled people are better off dead. It comes from a dominant narrative carried by society and the mainstream media that says it is a terrible thing to be disabled."
People with disability have since taken over the movie's hashtag #LiveBoldly to show the world why the movie's theme isn't really okay.
Warner Bros. hasn't given their statement on this matter yet.