Disability rights advocates protest opening of Me Before You
Theatre goes dark.*
In 1973 Robert Wyatt fell out of a 4th story window and was paralysed from the waist down.
A year later he was scheduled to appear on Top of the Pops. The producers thought that Wyatt singing from his wheelchair “was not suitable for family viewing”. They wanted him to sit in a “normal chair”.
Forty-Two years later Thea Sharrock has made a movie called Me Before You which deals with the universal non-question of what to do if you’re a millionaire with a spinal cord injury and you have to use a wheelchair for the rest of your life. Spoiler alert: the answer is assisted suicide.
Sharrock admits in an interview that she didn’t want to make audiences uncomfortable by showing assistive devices like Hoists. “I wanted to make it more normal.”
There was an article about the protest in Berkeleyside.
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