‘Me Before You’ is a Warner Bros film depicting the relationship between a disabled man and his caregiver-turned-girlfriend-iss. There’s also assisted suicide in there because Jojo Moyes, author of the book on which the film is based, was aiming for the George R. R. Martin-level of tear jerking. ‘The Hunger Games’’ Sam Claflin plays ‘Will Traynor,’ a quadriplegic man who believes his life is not worth living. He decides the only way to relieve his family and loved ones from the burden of caring for him, is to commit suicide.
Disability activists aren’t too happy about the film, claiming it is discriminatory and deeply offensive. They have taken to social media prostheses, wheelchairs, and walkers blazing, claiming the film sends overwhelmingly negative attitudes about disability. They are also not too happy about the fact Claiflin is not disabled, saying watching non-disabled people represent the disability experience is offensive. Not Dead Yet, a UK-based advocacy group, protested the film’s premier, with Not Dead Yet member Ellen Clifford saying “the message of the film is that disability is tragedy and disabled people are better off dead.”
I know for a fact that disabled people, given the opportunity, can lead fulfilling lives; and maybe even steal cars. I know the film is not a representation of the mental state of each and every person with a disability. I’m not going to watch the movie though because spoiler-Will ends his life via assisted suicide. Personally, I’d rather watch a movie about the hero, disabled or not, overcoming life’s challenges, but I won’t watch it mainly because I’m pretty sure my head would explode from all the crying.
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