By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Me Before You has become one of the controversial films of the decade, with protests, boycotts and many articles about the film. Not Dead Yet organized protests outside movie theaters, EPC asked its supporters to boycott the film in order to not give the makers of this movie our hard earned cash, nonetheless, the clearest voices have been disability leaders.
John Kelly, the New England Regional Director for Not Dead Yet, who has read the book, was reported by the New Boston Post as saying:
“After a new injury, people are very vulnerable, because suddenly you become part of a marginalized group,” And in terms of the film, “Only a disabled character could have their suicide presented as noble. Imagine if another character in the movie had killed themselves based on their own internalized depression.”
“People happily cry over people like me killing ourselves,”
“Where are the films where he changes his mind and they live happily ever after?”