We can not let this happen in our society. The Change Up movie’s first scene is discriminatory against individuals with disabilities, in particular those with Down syndrome. WE MUST TAKE ACTION. PLEASE READ ON….
In one scene in the beginning of the movie, Ryan Reynolds who plays a bachelor who has never settled down, visits his long-time friend Jason Bateman; he sees his twins in their high chairs and says, “Why aren’t they talking – what are they retarded?” I thought that was offensive enough but then he says, “And this one, he looks Downsy”.
If this was a slur against blacks or gays those who are Jewish or any other group – would you let this happen? Would Hollywood think this is OK? No, it would not be. We need to send the message in our society that this is NOT OK.
Will you have the courage to speak up? Will you do the right thing? We have to change our society for the better. Please do NOT go to give your money to this movie. Do not support those who think it is OK to laugh and make jokes at the expense of individuals with disabilities.
HERE IS HOW TO HELP:
1) Like the Facebook group Stop Disability Slurs – Do You Have the Courage? THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP. I NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THIS DONE. This will be a way I can connect with you and enlist your help to keep this campaign going. There is a lot to do!
2) POST the following on your own facebook page (feel free to modify/edit)
Stop Disability Slurs! Do you have the courage? We do not put up with racial/gay/religious slurs so why does this keep happening? We MUST stop our society from thinking this is OK. The Change Up movie and the recent GQ Magazine issue are creating public slurs against people with disabilities. This campaign starts with you. Will the media have the courage to speak up and change their ways? We will see. We hope to make a change. It starts with you. http://bit.ly/ppp9qd
3) TWEET the following
(if you do not use Twitter it is VERY EASY to sign up and this will help spread the word!) Just sign in, create a user name, follow me @Julians_Journey and my followers, then Re-Tweet my post or copy and paste the following and Tweet it:
Stop Disability Slurs! First @GQ now @UniversalPics #TheChangeUp Do we put up w/racial, gay or religious slurs? No. This must stop. http://bit.ly/ppp9qd
4) Post on the GQ Facebook wall thanking them for what they have done so far, but urging them to take it a step further in response to their Down syndrome discrimination. (Also if you feel like plugging Target and Nordstom for ads featuring children with Down syndrome feel free elsewhere) Suggested note for GQ wall (feel free to edit/modify)
The Change Up has followed in your footsteps with their disability slur. I truly appreciate that you have apologized directly to those you offended and removed the offensive language from the website (thank you!) but I hope you consider issuing a print correction and a public apology acknowledging that what you did was wrong PUBLICLY in order to help this from not happening again. Those readers who read your statement have already been influenced into thinking that was OK and they need to hear from you that it was NOT ok.
Note: There is more information below if you want to participate in The Change Up STOP DISABILITY SLURS campaign. Also please be sure to join the group listed in #1 above so I can get back in touch with you to enlist your help!
You’ve helped tremendously to spread the word!
For those of you who want to take things a step further, here are some suggestions:
1) Post on other Facebook pages associated with The Change Up (list below..scroll down)
NOTE: For posting on facebook pages for Universal Studios, The Change Up Movie and the directors, writers and actors pages listed below, unfortunately the way facebook works is that unfortunately you have to “Like” a page to try to post on their wall. You can always just unlike them later. This is part of the campaign. Also, they will immediately delete your post, but go in and select ONE TO TWO places to comment on other people’s wall posts. If you do more than that, you will be banned from commenting (like I just was – oops!).
Ok, so go to the list below and BEGIN OUR FIRST PHASE OF THIS CAMPAIGN!. We will be heard! Again I can not stress how important it is for you to join my Facebook Group Stop Disability Slurs (#1 above) so I can enlist your help in the future.
Below are all Facebook links associated with The Change Up Movie and here is a suggested post (feel free to modify/edit)
I speak on behalf of society when I respectfully say – Would you insert a racial, gay or religious slur or joke in the beginning of a movie? I think the answer is NO. Why do you think it is funny to make fun of people with intellectual abilities? Please consider what message this sends to society. Did you know that people with Down syndrome are called just that – PEOPLE with Down syndrome. They deserve respect and dignity. They may develop differently than their typically developing peers but they are contributing members of our society and deserve respect. EVERYONE deserves respect. Please, STOP DISABILITY SLURS. Signed, respectfully yours.
Universal Studios (they will immediately delete. then go on to select 1 or 2 other wall posts to comment)
The Change Up Movie official fan page (they will immediately delete. then go on to select 1 or 2 other wall posts to comment)
Jon Lucas (he does not have a wall, just like his page and he will wonder what is going on. don’t worry you can unlike it later)
Creative Artists Agency
c/o Gregory McKnight, Talent Agent
2000 Avenue Of The Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: +1 424 288 2000
Fax: +1 424 288 2900
David Dobkin (same as the producer above)
Ryan Reynolds (he will immediately delete your post, and he doesn’t let people comment on his posts)
Jason Bateman (no way to post on his wall, just like him and we will all unlike him later. he will wonder what is going on and this will force him to pay attention)
The Daily Show
Like this page, and scroll down to August 3 where they say Jason Bateman is going to be on. Comment there.
Additional unofficial The Change Up fan pages:
Search facebook for “The Change Up” and many many other fan pages out will come up/ Make sure to take some time to find ALL of the groups, go and LIKE them, then POST and then UNLIKE THEM IMMEDIATELY after you post. Again, since these pages are most likely not restricted, this will be a great way to spread the word.
Thanks for reading and most importantly,
Helping to say to the world that making fun of people with intellectual disabilities is NOT OK!
I WOULD LOVE YOUR COMMENTS HERE ABOUT FUTURE IDEAS TO HELP SPREAD AWARENESS about how to STOP DISABILITY SLURS.
Please let me know if you are interested in being on the STOP DISABILITY SLURS steering committee. This will be an ongoing group that will help organize grassroots and broad media campaigns to spread awareness and stop disability slurs in our society.
I love ideas! For example, my friend Melanie is full of them. Please comment here with your ideas on what you think!
From Melanie: Regarding The Change Up. Some things we can do: write reviews of the movie on imdb and other movie review sites, contact Down syndrome organizations NDSS, NDSC, Special Olympics and any of your local organizations and ask them to write letters on our behalf. Parents, Siblings, Teachers, Coaches, Doctors and Friends it’s tine to STAND UP to this bullying!! I say we Change Up and protest the movie. Let’s organize picketed protests at local theaters. Get a group of friends, make signs, call the media. Enough already!!!
Talk to you soon,
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