You’ve seen it; the viral video that shows a Qdoba restaurant fast food employee helping a PwD eat their meal.In case you live in a blissful world where people don’t have social media, here it is:
This video has been trending on-and-off on Twitter and Facebook since this afternoon, and it’s annoying, because the rhetoric around it is all wrong.
News reporters and common folk alike are calling this happening an “act of kindness” and the uploader of the video said the instance was proof “that there are still good people out there.”
I will be that person, to state that this is a very well-accepted form of exploitation of PwD. Many ablebodies are watching the video with butterflies in their stomachs, wiping stray tears from their eyes, as their hearts grow three sizes.
Stop the madness. Wipe your tear. Think about the facts:
– A disabled woman needed to eat.
-This woman made an order at a restaurant.
– She then asked for help eating.
– The guy decided he could assist her, put on gloves, and she ate.
That’s it. Sorry to bore you. Nothing to see here.
As I’ve been the girl to both need help and give others help with eating, I can tell you that it’s nothing to fuss over. As someone who can usually eat without assistance, I can tell you that it sucks when circumstance demands that I need help with it. You know what makes it worse? MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT, at the expense of my dignity.
Please stop reiterating our over-glorification of human kindness, at the expense of others. It’s oppressive to those needing help.