‘Me Before You’ Reveals a Selfish Bias Against Disabled People

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The highly anticipated movie version of the bestselling book Me Before You opens nationwide next weekend. Excited fans already have their tissues ready for this tearjerker about the love story between newly “wheelchair bound” Will Traynor and his caregiver Louisa “Lou” Clark.

What is being hailed as the romantic tale of a disabled man and his nurse is, in fact, a much darker tale of the suicidal ideation of a clinically depressed man and the people who try to convince him not to take his own life. Spoiler alert: they fail and he dies. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh and, as I’ve been told, too simplistic for a “much richer and deeper story about tragedy and the realities of life.”

As able-bodied book club members across the nation dabbed their eyes and praised the selflessness of a man who wanted only to save those he loved from the burden he had become, and lauded the courage of the woman who could see past all of that and love the man behind the disabilities enough to help him “die with dignity,” disabled people decried the stereotypes and prejudice they found within its pages.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/rfrech/me-before-you-reveals-that-many-people-are-secretly-biased-against-disabled/#ixzz49tUiN4B5

About Rebecca Frech

Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.
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