Call to Action - Australian disability activists are protesting the disability snuff movie, Me Before You
HOW TO PROTEST DISABILITY SNUFF FILM
ME BEFORE YOU!
WHEN: JUNE 16, 2016, 0NE HOUR BEFORE A SHOWING OF ME BEFORE YOU
WHERE: YOUR LOCAL MOVIE THEATRE
WHAT: PEACEFULLY DISTRIBUTE A LEAFLET, WEAR A TEESHIRT, CONDUCT A DIE IN
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 the Swiss euthanasia clinic Dignitas – leaving his fortune to her so she can move on and he is no longer a “burden” to her. 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. (thanks to Not Dead Yet for the information on this page).
Here are some other ways you can take action in Australia
Images from protests -
Protesters from Berkeley, US. Two wheelchair users hold signs in a small group in front of a cinema. One sign reads 'Disabled people do it differently'.
Protesters from New York City pop the bird in front of a Me Before You sign.
A wheelchair user holds a sign saying 'We're NOT better off dead!' From New York City
New! Official Press Release From #criparmy - Me Before You Protests
Flyer text description - Me Before You is not a romance, it is a disability snuff movie, giving audiences the message that if you're a disabled person, you're better off dead. We want the right to support to live well before the right to die #mebeforeeuthanasia Our lives are not a tragedy. #LiveBoldy? Image description. We live boldly by staying alive! Not dead yet and #Criparmy logos superimposed over an image from the film Me Before You.
Me Before You Teeshirt Designs - Download here!
You can get these teeshirts printed by your local print shop or you can do them yourself by purchasing a teeshirt transfer kit from Officeworks or Kmart. Use the dark colours kit and wear a black tee in solidarity with other Australian protesters.
There are graphics below that you can use to make your own message. Click on the image to download.
Text description - Disabled lives are worth living. #liveboldly? We already do! Image description - an image of the couple from Me Before You in an embrace
Text description - Me before you spoiler - Hollywood kills Will because he is disabled, Will doesn't get laid. Save your $20 and date a crip today. #mebeforeableism #liveboldly. Image description - an image of the couple from Me Before You in an embrace
Text description - Me Before You is a disability snuff movie. (white on black and a second image, black on white). There is a silhouette of the couple from Me Before You in an embrace.
Text description - I went to Me Before You and all I got was a free ticket to Hell. Live boldly? We already do! Image description - the couple from Me Before You in an embrace.
Graphics below (of the couple of Me Before You in an embrace. Top image on white background, bottom image on black background.
- Use the graphic and add your own message.