I understand what CoorDown was trying to do with "How Do You See Me?" They were using the Olivia Wilde character, "normal"-looking and someone that anyone would expect to make those statements to get people interested, and then there's the "gotcha": the narrator isn't the Olivia Wilde character, like you assumed, but a person with Down Syndrome. How does that change things for you, CoorDown, asks? How do you see AnnaRose? What assumptions do you have about her do you need to challenge? CoorDown's intent with "How Do You See Me?" wasn't bad. But the messaging is bad. The optics are bad. David Perry was trying to tell a CoorDown representative this yesterday, but the person wasn't very receptive. Here are some things about the video that were problematic for me
Disabled People Shouldn't Be Required to Identify as Non-DisabledThere's an implication in "How Do You See Me?" that in order for people with Down Syndrome (and, by extension, disabled people in general) to "see" or perceive themselves as people with valued social roles, and a well-rounded personality, and dreams, and a life in the community that brings them fulfillment, they also have to self-perceive as a white, non-disabled person. Not only should it not be necessary in this day and age for disabled people to self-perceive as non-disabled in order to live like a non-person person (period...forget about skin colour), it explains why this video is drawing criticism from disability advocates everywhere.
In "How Do You See Me?" AnnaRose Looks and Sounds Like She's Waiting to Start Her Own LifeThis isn't the case, by the way. AnnaRose goes to college, works at a physiotherapy clinic, and is a Special Olympics athlete. Yet, in "How Do You See Me?", we hear her voice talking about "seeing" herself being and doing a lot of things while we watch Olivia Wilde do them. As Crippled Scholar says:
"The video would have been far more poignant and entirely less infuriating if it had shown the narrator engaging in the activities she described rather than Olivia Wilde."