[The Action Alert below now includes embedded links to “Me Before You” protest leaflets, downloadable in color or black&white, a banner that can be produced at a local print shop, and a template press release for local disability activists to use for media outreach. For additional information and links to the many articles by disability writers about the book and film, please check out the incredible “resource hub” compiled by DisBeat.]
PROTEST DISABILITY SNUFF FILM ME BEFORE YOU!
WHEN: JUNE 3 (2,4 or 5), 2016, ONE HOUR BEFORE A SHOWING OF ME BEFORE YOU
WHERE: YOUR LOCAL MOVIE THEATER, MANY CITIES, USA & WORLDWIDE
WHAT: PEACEFULLY DISTRIBUTE A LEAFLET
WHY: TO OPPOSE ABLEISM & THE FILM’S MESSAGE THAT DISABLED PEOPLE ARE
BETTER OFF DEAD (AND OTHERS ARE BETTER OFF WITHOUT US)
“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 man becomes disabled, falls in love with his ‘carer’ and they have an incredible 6 months together. Despite her opposition, however, the hero does the “honorable” thing by killing himself at a Swiss euthanasia clinic – leaving his fortune to her. Based on a 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.
WAYS YOU CAN PROTEST:
For more information, see the following articles:
Why Choice is an Illusion?
- Why the Name "Choice is an Illusion"?
- What People Mean When They Say They Want to Die
- Beware of Vultures
- Dore Law Review Article on Oregon and Washington
- Dore Australian Presentation
- Quick Facts
- Hospice/Palliative Care Abuse
- Assisted Suicide Proponents Wilt
- 'Death with Dignity' Imperils the Poor
- Mild Stroke Led to Mother's Forced Starvation
- Our Board