Disability Advocates React to ‘Me Before You’: ‘Our Suicides’ Are ‘Tragedies’
June 6, 2016
(The Daily Signal) – Note: major movie spoiler alert.
The lead, disabled character in the newly released movie “Me Before You” chooses to end his life, leaving the newfound love of his life instructions to “live boldly” and encourages her to live well. “‘Me Before You’ literally romanticizes a death wish,” Tom Shakely, executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, told The Daily Signal. “And it romanticizes Dignitas, a Swiss death clinic that, if it were offering its lethal drugs to prison inmates, would be universally condemned for its lack of a hopeful approach to remediate personal challenge and suffering.”