BONUS UPDATE ACTION ALERT!
From the FuckAbility™ Research Council:
“In response to movie theaters handing out Kleenex to ‘Me Before You’ ticket buyers, FARC calls on our sacrificial viewers to proceed to theaters carrying rolls of toilet paper. When offered the Kleenex, counter-offer your TP, and explain, ‘You’re gonna need it – Me Before You is full of ableist shit.”
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Matt Damon hails film’s commitment to diversity
(Cannes’t, OR) Did you know that [INSERT NUMBER] people don’t know that there are [INSERT NUMBER] people with disabilities fucking RIGHT NOW? And that it’s unlikely that even one of those fuckings is a prelude to an assisted suicide?
That’s fucking outrageous. But even more outrageous is the idea that a young man would rather commit suicide in Switzerland than get laid in England. Because WHEELCHAIR.
“He helped us realize that you can’t just pick and choose who you exclude – you have to exclude everyone. In that sense, we are incredibly proud of how inclusive we are of people with disabilities.”
Yet it seems that the clichéd meet-cute that signals death-defying romance for the apparently undisabled becomes something very different – a meet-crip – when one of the partners is apparently disabled.
When the characters meet-crip, the romance becomes life-defying.
We spoke to the film’s Medical Advisor, [INSERT NAME HERE], on the movie’s messages about spinal cord injury rehabilitation and quality of life. “’Diversity’ was a word the producers said a lot. I’m very proud of the message of diversity this movie sends about what it’s like to be white, wealthy, male, and doomed to a romantic future with an employee who doesn’t understand sexual harassment.”
In response to our complaints about the failure to cast a man with a physical disability, Me Before You producer [INSERT NAME HERE] said, “Diversity. We talked extensively with diversity expert Matt Damon of Project Whiteknight about diversity in front and back of the camera. He helped us realize that you can’t just pick and choose who you exclude – you have to exclude everyone. In that sense, we are incredibly proud of how inclusive we are of people with disabilities. Diversity.”
We placed an empty chair next to director East Clintwood and got an earful about why Hollywood clings to stereotypes about people with disabilities. “A movie set is no place for disabled people. You got expensive equipment on wheels, sometimes you can hardly hear or see, there’s all these people you gotta drive places, not to mention a very wide spectrum of temperaments and personalities. I’m not kidding, you got people who will literally not move a muscle without their little teams of assistants. Jesus Mary and Josey Wales! Do those people think I can afford to put a bunch of ramps in? I’ve got guys to pay building sets.”