Thanksgiving day for me, started out pretty good. We had our family meal on Black Friday, so I chilled out at home. I lounged around, watching movies and occasionally going on my Facebook and Twitter to see everybody else enjoying their family fun and the delicious food. Everything was fine until about noon and it all went to hell.
I was scrolling through my Facebook and I saw this video and a very long status of somebody in the Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Facebook group that I’m happily a part of. Everybody in that group was furious. I didn’t want to watch the clip, FB just started playing it. Just reading the captions on the screen and all of the comments below pretty much took my breath away. I was so hurt. I’m not interested in politics, I actually try to stay away from it, but my folks are, my dad is still deciding I think, but my mom is, well was a supporter of Donald Trump.
After I saw everything on Facebook I retreated offline and watched the rest of Gone With The Wind from the night before. I didn’t know what to feel honestly. So I bottled it up, I just didn’t think I’d take my anger out on my parents. My poor mom came home from work to me in a mess of emotions. I was really upset and just before she took a nap I basically broke down. I was crying my eyes out. I was really hurt on how somebody who needs people to vote for him for president would make fun of another person’s disability. It doesn’t matter if that other person is a journalist, he is still a person and has feelings. People and family members of children like myself with AMC have feelings too. It’s never fun to be mocked by people who have nothing better to do.
Several days have past since seeing the video, thankfully not a lot of my family members have shared the video and talked about Mr. Trump with me in the room. I’m still fairly upset, because you know, he won’t apologize for it. At least he won’t give an sincere apology to the guy. It wouldn’t even matter if he apologized to all of the families that he offended, including mine. It wouldn’t mean a damn thing because the damage has already been done.
And then Kylie Jenner decided to piss off the wheelchair community, which is something else that I’m actively apart of since I don’t walk on my own two feet. Sad part is, I was less mad about it. Yes. I agree why everybody’s mad, she’s using it as a prop while the rest of us use it to get around. I’m on my second wheelchair but I’ve been waiting for a new one since 2013. The one thing I’m mainly upset about and I think everybody else would be too if they gave it some thought, shouldn’t this be part of the magazine’s fault for allowing this to happen in the first place? I’m not saying she’s not wrong, but think about it. Who made this to become the prop of the whole photo shoot? I doubt it was Kylie’s. So who’s really to blame here?
My most important question of this entire post is since when did it become cool to mock a person with any handicap? This goes for invisible, mental and physical disabilities. We have real problems here. I mean, the more these public figures continue to make the stupid choice in making fun of a person with a disability on television or in a magazine, who’s to say that they’re admirers won’t disagree? Everybody has said “we need to stop bullying” but yet I keep seeing these things pop up everywhere. You may have the right to freedom of speech, but it’s all bullying! Every single way you do it, it’s mocking somebody else’s daily struggle. I’ve been handicapped since the day I was born. Nobody has the right to make fun of what we might have wrong with us! And there’s nothing wrong with us, you’ll lose more people this way rather than gaining them.
So I’m done, for now.