ACTION ALERT: PROTEST DISABILITY SNUFF FILM “ME BEFORE YOU”!

Not Dead Yet, the Resistance

ACTION ALERT:

PROTEST DISABILITY SNUFF FILM ME BEFORE YOU!

WHEN:      JUNE 3, 2016, 0NE 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 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.

WAYS YOU CAN PROTEST:

  • Two or more people can peacefully hand out a LEAFLET (National: Black & White or Color; for California protesters, version with an added sentence about the assisted suicide law going into effect on June 9th: California flyer)
  • Display a “Me Before You” protest banner which can be made at local print shops
  • Send a press release ( you can use NDY’s template release, including local contacts) to send to your local media.
  • Join the worldwide social media Thunderclap.
  • Twitter using #MeBeforeYou #LiveBoldly #MeBeforeEuthanasia #MeBeforeAbleism
  • Share the articles linked below with friends and colleagues.

For more information, see the following articles:

For More Information or to discuss your plans, contact John Kelly (jkelly@notdeadyet.org) or Diane Coleman (dcoleman@notdeadyet.org).

14 thoughts on “ACTION ALERT: PROTEST DISABILITY SNUFF FILM “ME BEFORE YOU”!

  1. I plan to be at the Roxie Theater tonight to hand out flyers. Are there others who will be there? Also, I submitted the following to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

    As someone who has had a major disability for 49 years, I can assure you that there are constant, deeply ingrained, societal pressures to devalue one’s life with a disability. The movie, Me Before You adds a huge dollop of shame, misinformation, and persecution to the mix.

    I have a great deal of concern that a disabled person’s reason to die may stem more from societal devaluation of their life than from despair at their disability, particularly for those who become disabled as adults. For many people with disabilities, it’s a constant struggle to believe in one’s self worth in spite of the daily messages from others that life with a disability is pitiful and a burden to those around them.

    The problem with the new “right to die” legislation that goes into effect June 7 in CA is that this is not a perfect world. In a perfect world, where we could be sure that there were no ulterior motives for killing a person with a disability, this law would make sense. However, in the real world, where ableism rules, the “right to die” becomes a convenient way to rid society of “defectives.” (A word I use on purpose from Hitler’s propaganda machine.)

    California State Architect Chet Widom has spent the last four years since his appointment by Governor Jerry Brown decreasing the building standards that provide access to parking, restaurants and sidewalks, a violation of CA Government Code 4459. He has refused to comply with CA laws that require he solicit input from people with disabilities in developing his code changes, a violation of CA Government Codes 4450 and 11346.45. This was all done with the approval of the CA Building Standards Commission, another arena of governor appointees.

    While this is going on under Governor Brown’s administration, the CA legislature has passed laws that allow businesses to continue to discriminate against people with disabilities with impunity, while at the same time disallowing any compensation to people with disabilities who suffer the discrimination. (The recent signing of SB 269 by the governor is the culmination of years of whittling away of disability rights laws in CA.)

    While other minorities may be compensated for the humiliation and pain of discrimination, the new law decrees that when people with disabilities suffer discrimination, they are not to be compensated. In other words, the Legislature has decreed that their suffering has no value, because people with disabilities have no value.

    The same laws passed in CA are now bills at the Federal level. The backlash to disability civil rights laws is in full swing, and we are losing the rights we fought for so long and hard. Me Before You provides more justification for this devaluation of people with disabilities.

    The author of the book, Me Before You, admits that she knows nothing about quadriplegia, yet she didn’t hesitate to pander to fear and ignorance to justify the “mercy” killing of the young man in the story who has yet to deal with his grief and depression at the changes in his life. Writing in his blog, “Bad Cripple,” William Peace, a college professor and a quadriplegic, states, “The fact they don’t know a person with an actual disability empowers them to freely imagine what a rotten existence we crippled people are forced to live. For if we people with a disability were truly brave and strong we would kill ourselves and thereby end our misery. Those of us who live, learn and adapt to a disability are an inconvenient reminder of all that can go wrong in life.”

    Please boycott Me Before You.

    1. good work, I will do the same in Berkeley CA
      it is beyond disgusting to perpetuate these types of horrible stereotypes of us and our lives. Thank you for bringing this to my, our attention

  2. Today is the first time I found out about this degrading movie! The very idea is to devalue the lives of the disabled people.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *