Activists spoke up against “Me Before You” because of the supposed inappropriate message that it sends out to the disabled community.
Protests over the film adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ bestseller of the same title spread online recently, Time reported. The attention is focused on the movie’s ending as members of the disabled community object to its portrayal of a person with disability.
Activists dubbed the film as a “disability snuff movie,” The Guardian reported. The publication sought comments from the group Not Dead Yet, who protested the film at its UK premiere. Their organisation is against the legalisation of assisted suicide. Likewise, their US branch also plans to take action once the movie crosses overseas.
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In the midst of the protest, the film’s female lead, Emilia Clarke, spoke in defence of “Me Before You.” She revealed that care was taken in how the movie presented the situation between Will and Louisa. It didn’t intend to “devalue people with disabilities,” the publication wrote.
“I think that the movie is a Hollywood movie, but I think that what we are showing is something that we took a lot of care over, with Jojo being there as well, because she wrote the book first, so that’s the story that we were going off,” Clarke told The Guardian. “We were very careful with how we wanted to present things. And we are showing a situation, we are not showing an opinion,” Clarke added.
“I’d like to think that if it happened to me I could be graceful about it and find a new purpose, like Christopher Reeve, but I’m also conscious that I could end up horribly bitter … I think the one thing I do believe is that we shouldn’t judge someone else if we haven’t stood in their shoes,” Moyes said then. Incidentally, “Me Before You” is listed on The Christopher Reeve Foundation Pinterest board for “Books We Love.”