Self.com: Why Some Disability Rights Activists are Protesting "Me Before You"

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Self.com: Why Some Disability Rights Activists are Protesting "Me Before You"

May 26, 2016

by Haley Goldbert

When Emily Ladau, 24, picked up a copy of the bestselling book Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, she knew it would be an emotional read. The book—which was adapted into a movie that hits theaters on June 3—advertises itself as a “heartbreakingly romantic novel.” Here’s the plot of the movie (spoilers ahead): Will Traynor, a 35-year-old former thrill-seeker with a spinal cord injury (SCI), falls in love with his quirky twenty-something caregiver Louisa Clark, only to break her heart by committing assisted suicide, believing his new life as a quadriplegic isn’t worth living. It’s sold over six million copies since its 2012 release.

While many laud the book as a beautiful tearjerker, Ladau found it more troubling than anything. A disability rights activist and wheelchair user since the age of nine, she joins many in the disability community protesting the book’s portrayal and treatment of disabled people. Continue reading . . .