eightball (eightball) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Disability groups criticize imitation voice used in "Us", Santa Cruz gets business bump


Disability groups (RespectAbility and NSDA [National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association]) have spoken out against the voice Lupita Nyong'o uses in Us, saying it further creates a harmful stigma against people that suffer from it.

"One of the toughest parts of having a disability is that people make assumptions based on the way you walk, talk or act, sometimes with little understanding of what is causing it," the statement from NSDA reads.

"We understand that hearing the unique sound caused by symptoms of spasmodic dysphonia was the spark of inspiration for the voice of this character. What is difficult for us, and for the thousands of people living with spasmodic dysphonia, is this association to their voice with what might be considered haunting."

Nyong'o says in interviews that her character had the voice because of trauma, but it's a common misconception that's what causes spasmodic dysphonia. "Connecting disabilities to characters who are evil further marginalizes people with disabilities who also have significant abilities and want to contribute to their communities just like anyone else," says Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility.

Spasmodic Dysphonia affects every 2 per 100,000 people and is considered very rare.


Us was filmed in Santa Cruz, CA on the boardwalk and officials say business was good over the weekend.

"Business was up this past weekend, I don’t know if that’s a coincidence with the movie premiering or not. But what’s interesting is our two main haunted attractions were up from the year before. People are coming and wanting to try our haunted stuff,” Kris Reyes, Spokesman for the boardwalk says.

The movie was trending on social media with a lot of people saying Santa Cruz is cancelled for them, but it seems just the same amount of people are curious, saying they can't visit Elm Street but can make it to the boardwalk.

No word if any doppelgangers showed up and did a Hands Across America.

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Tags: ableism / disability rights, film - horror, jordan peele, lupita nyongo

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