“The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognised you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother Lily’s. Oh yes, I knew her. Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumour has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them than you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.”
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So we’re now down to ONE MONTH until The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters.
And I know that lots of people are probably planning cosplays for the premiere.
That is awesome! Rock your Rick Smits jerseys and your Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe shirts and your leather jackets and your Chuck Taylors.
But please be aware: disability is not a costume.
For many people disability is not something they put on for fun and can take off whenever they want, it’s a part of who they are.
You do not need the cannula or the prosthetic or the cane to cosplay these characters.
To wear or carry these items is to appropriate a piece of adaptive equipment that some people have to use in order to blend in or to stay alive and safe in this normal-centric and ableist world.
And if you’re “dressed up” like that, it is not only offensive, it may distract theater staff from helping patrons who actually need accessible seating and other accommodations.