ICYMI: Maddie wasn't comfortable with this from the jump. She cried on set, so upset. Sia convinced her it was good and right and she'd never let people question Maddie.
Oh! Also. I didn't include this in the orig thread bc I'm exhausted and fried, but if you have the stamina to watch the full interview, Sia also discusses training Maddie 'like a dancer' to mimic Stevie's "tics and movements" exactly.

To study our physicality w/ 100% accuracy.
The way she describes it is honestly a really disgusting way to treat a "friend", to pick HIM apart and mould Maddie into him. And then call it "perfect".

"Stevie" btw is her "friend she met in AA whose mom did ASL interpreting". This love letter film was to HER. Not us.
And yes she called our stims tics and literally voiced the EXACT PROBLEM HERE.

You can't ACT disabled. Your body either does that or it doesn't. It's not an emotion, an essence, a character, a feeling to portray. Acting is for THAT. You dont act out a disability. That's mimicry.
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21 Nov
Just some of the manyyyyy inconsistencies in Sia's abysmal story.

*was researching for 3 YEARS*
*somehow never knew Autism $peaks is a hate group*
*turns out she DID know they were horrid awhile ago*

But also, A$ didn't come on-board for 4yrs after the 3yr research began? Wut?
*claims she tried a FEW autistic actors, but some phantom overhead suggested she use Maddie*

*jk they tried one non-verbal autistic girl, she didn't cope well, so Sia herself picked Maddie*
....or was it her autistic friend who found the shoot to be too stressful and overwhelming? The world may never know.
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21 Nov

I tried to make jokes last night but this isn't funny now.

I actually did email my landlord last night - something I've never done in the 7yrs I've lived here - and she was great about it.

But it's possible we have some retaliation and I'm sooo sick now.
Bc it was addressed I reopened my window (on this 70° day). Cigarette smoke flooded my apt soon after. This has happened before from ALL my neighbors. But this was different somehow.

I got suffocated quickly and so nauseous I thought I would puke. It got trapped and Im so sick[
But I mention retaliation bc she was notably "slammy" earlier tidy in the day, then hung every picture left, vacuumed, etc.

But when the bf came, let a HUGE dog race through a the apt, ransacked the entire floor, and made more noise than moving day. Doesnt feel coincidental now
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20 Nov
Why isn't there a lock screen button on basically EVERY phone that only opens up to relevant emergency medical information if enabled?

This should be standard.

I would HAPPILY look at a big red button every time I unlocked my phone if I knew it'd save my life.
And if we all KNEW this was something almost everyone had and likely had on them, it'd be what we all automatically look for in an emergency.

Medical ID bracelets aren't accessible or even helpful for me. But no one even knows to look in my phone...and can't if locked.
Double awesome if it also allowed us to put 1-2 contacts that the phone automatically allows the stranger to call, without opening up any other part of the phone.

Saves time, keeps phone locked, makes it extremely easy and clear for the panicking person, is easily changed by us.
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19 Nov
To me, this is what happens when you make receiving absentee ballots on time nearly impossible - in a battleground state like PA. Image
Less than 2wks after voting day, PA is exploding in ways it hadn't - even at the start of the pandemic when it was bouncing from #3-5 for several months.

We hung in there for awhiiiile. Then suddenly, in mere days, everything fell apart. Voting and a certain someone's rallies🤬
As for the absentee issue:
1. I barely got mine on time despite requesting early Sept
2. By the time I got it, it couldn't be mailed in on time. I had to go to the courthouse to drop it off
3. It was inaccessible, and a lot of people on the street in the same predicament
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10 Jul
I'm having such a visceral, pained and admittedly 'flashback-y' response to imagining all the currently undiagnosed children w/ OCD (or trauma) going back to school where they're forced to wear masks.

Young me would've had a straight up terrorized existence that I cannot fathom.
Ofc some kiddos will feel relieved by masks if they have germ-based obsessions, understand the virus, and feel safer w/ others in masks. But most who are too young to rationally walk through that will still panic about surfaces, distance, washing, etc anyway.

What about others?
I was a kid who had very obvious behaviors/compulsions at 3, but my family couldn't quite place what it was bc I stopped speaking during panic.

But I was convinced I couldn't breathe - permanently - if anything came near my mouth or just couldn't come off.
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Why the concept of person-first language is inherently ableist, from its inception:

If you have to go out of your way to remember and communicate that disabled folks are still PEOPLE, it means you're constantly aware of, but just trying to reject, our dehumanization.
Even some of the most frequently dehumanized identities, those consistently compared to animals (Black and/or LGBTQ+ folks), aren't referred to as "people w/ Blackness" or "people w/ lesbianity".

You aren't constantly fighting the notion they're subhuman or "it defines them".
Why is disability different? Bc ableism.

Longstanding beliefs that if you ID as disabled you're somehow succumbing to it, letting it hold you back, arw permanently lesser or will never have a life worth living. If we're "defective humans", we lose all personhood/identity.
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