Videos, photos, memes, funny one liners have grown to be extremely popular in social media. These are constantly being shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter becoming a tool for laughter and entertainment. It isn’t bad to do so, but it does when people encourage mockery instead of respect.
Take a look at this picture:
Some people would choose to laugh at it, or tag their friends immediately. But when I first saw this photo, it kind of broke my heart. Why in the world are people making fun of a disease, a disability that is so much more than to be made fun of?
I find that the reason that this is happening due to the lack of awareness about autistic people. People in media seem to just think they’re people who are “weird” and does things on an extremely different level. They don’t understand that this is a serious condition that so many people are suffering from. They don’t understand that this affects not only the victims of this illness, but as well as the people around them.
These memes encourage the spread of bigotry to this topic. They spread the normality of making fun of people who are absolutely different from normal people.
I hope that after reading this post, you are enticed to change this perspective, to change this mindset that media has shaped our minds into. Any kind of disability, mental or physical should not be made fun of. They should be respected and upheld in every single way possible.
To all social media users, make your memes wisely. Always keep in mind that the fun in these photos has its limits.