ACTION ALERT: DISABILITY SNUFF FILM “ME BEFORE YOU” PROTEST
WHEN: June 2, 2016, 6:15PM-7:15PM PT
WHERE: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave (at Kittredge), Berkeley, California 94704
WHAT: Peaceful demonstration and leafletting
WHY: To oppose the film’s ableist message that people with disabilities are better off dead and that we are a burden to others
“Me Before You” is the latest Hollywood film to grossly misrepresent the lived experience of the majority of disabled people. In the film, a young, white, and wealthy man becomes disabled and falls in love with his “carer” who has been hired by his family to cure his suicidal depression with romance.
Despite her opposition, however, the hero does the “honorable” thing by killing himself at the Swiss euthanasia clinic Dignitas – leaving his fortune to her so she can move on without the “burden” of a disabled partner. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “Me Before You” is little more than a disability snuff film, giving audiences the message that if you’re a disabled person, you’re better off dead.
For more information, see the following articles:
Spare me, “Me Before You”: Hollywood’s new tearjerker is built on tired and damaging disability stereotypes
Why Some Disability Rights Activists Are Protesting ‘Me Before You”
People Are Annoyed About How “Me Before You” Represents Disability
Hollywood Promotes the Idea It Is Better To Be Dead Than Disabled
A Second Class Existence: Me Before You Gets It All Wrong
Why Are You Complaining? Some People Actually Feel That Way: A Critique of Me Before You