4. August 2014 um 5:37 Uhr von Atari-Frosch
since some time I follow you on Twitter and Google+, and I adore your fight for the rights of homosexual people. I saw your videos on YouTube in which you spoke – partly ironically, partly seriously – to those who have prejudices against homosexuals and/or the marriage between people of the same sex.
The more I wondered about a tweet you sent twice these days. It comes with a photograph which shows a woman from behind. She just stood up from her wheelchair to stretch for a bottle of an (obviously alcoholic) drink in a supermarket. Additional text on this photo says: „There has been a miracle / in the alcohol isle“. In your tweets you commented it with „She was filled with the holy...spirits:“. This photo was posted by you or somebody who has access to your account on August 2nd, and once again on August 3rd.
I wonder even more about the fact that you did not react on the comments in which several people (me included) told you that there are of course wheelchair users who can stand up and even walk a few steps. Not all of them, sure, but more than many people might think.
This photo shows a scene that should be quite normal in both of our societies: A disabled woman who does her shopping. Obviously she does not need any help in this situation and is getting along by herself.
There is really no reason to assume (or give your followers the assumption) that this unknown woman was faking a paralysis or just pretending to be disabled.
Even more, these two tweets of yours give people the impression that you think every wheelchair user who is able to stand up is just faking her/his disability – and your followers could or should think that, too.
To get things straight (no pun intended): I am not a wheelchair user. I was born autistic („Aspergers“) and additionally suffer from a chronic depression. So, like you, I know what prejudices mean and how much harm they can cause.
Please, dear George Takei, delete these two tweets and show and tell your followers that you are not willing to spread prejudices against disabled people!
With great respect
[Update 2014-08-05 09:55] Auf die diversen Beschwerden – vermutlich auch auf Facebook – kam dort eine Reaktion. Eine, die ich nur als enttäuschend bezeichnen kann:
(Ausschnitt eines Screenshots von Facebook; Original auf Imgur; aufmerksam gemacht hat mich @kamikazow auf Twitter)
So sehr, wie er für die Rechte und Anerkennung von Homosexuellen kämpft, so wenig interessiert er sich offenbar für die Rechte und Anerkennung anderer benachteiligter Menschen. Schade. Ich entfolge dann mal, aber ihm kann es ja egal sein, ob ihm eine Person mehr oder weniger folgt – während es behinderten Menschen leider nicht egal sein kann, ob sie ein Mensch mit großer Reichweite mehr oder weniger lächerlich macht. [/Update]