James McAvoy admits the role wasn’t well researched at all, claiming that he “couldn’t find anybody that would sit and talk with me” about DID. Instead, he simply learnt about DID through YouTube. This feels like excuses covering up his role in this sham of a movie. It seems ridiculous to us because so many people (with DID or not) are standing against this movie. We would have talked to him and I’m sure there are thousands of others all over the world who would have happily shared their experiences for a better representation of DID.
As we mentioned earlier this week, in an interview James McAvoy said he thinks the part he is playing is a “badass avenging angel”, whilst joking and laughing with the interviewer. It’s hard to watch so we haven’t seen the full interview but he just came across as he didn’t understand DID at all, and thought people with DID would be “pleased” with his role in Split. Trauma survivors do evolve and grow but not in the way Split suggests - we don’t become as bad as our abusers, and we certainly don’t have shape shifting skills like his shown in the trailers!
Just for clarification I have not seen the full movie - I am undecided whether to watch it (to almost be aware of what we’re up against, no other reason). I’m not sure we’re strong enough right now but if there are other systems who are thinking along similar lines I would just urge you to stay safe and if you do decide to watch this movie maybe try and find a copy online or something, to avoid any money supporting the movie.
Our major issue with this movie is that it is hurting many people with DID, like myself, who have been through awful trauma in childhood. We have been preyed on and abused by the adults who were meant to protect us. To then flip it and make the individual with DID into a predator who kidnaps young girls is what is extremely distressing to us.
Yes, there may be “bad” people who happen to have DID, but that could be said about any disorder, as well as mentally “healthy” people. The point is for the most part it is this kind predator who often caused DID in the first place. DID (dissociative identity disorder), for those who don’t know, is caused by chronic (ie over long periods of time) trauma (many different forms of abuse) in early childhood (age 6-9 at the latest). You cannot develop DID as an adult. It is often made worse by the lack of support and dysfunctional attachment in the aftermath of the trauma.
In every trailer we have seen of Split they seem to make a point of mentioning DID by name. If you want to have some kind of super villain who can shape shift like shown in the trailers then make up a disorder, a fictitious one, as this is meant to be fiction. Don’t use an established mental illness that thousands of people struggle with on a daily basis.
Some people will understand that this is not an accurate representation of DID but there will also be thousands who have never heard of DID, don’t know that this is not what people with DID are like, will assume people with DID (and mental illness in general) are dangerous and to be feared. If these people then meet someone with this diagnosis and their only reference is this movie, well you can imagine how people might react.
This will in turn make it difficult for people to:
1) accept their own diagnosis (trust me we often think very poorly of ourselves and don’t need anyone else making us feel bad about ourselves).
2) open up to get support from people who think DID is one of those scary dangerous mental illnesses.
On a personal note despite being diagnosed with DID we have had a mental health professional (a psychiatrist) say that DID doesn’t exist, and is “the stuff of Hollywood movies” to quote him. This was whilst inpatient due to a mental health crisis. Anyone who thinks this kind of stigma doesn’t have real life implications, you are unfortunately wrong. And it’s not just uneducated people that stigma of this kind affects - that was from a fully qualified psychiatrist ie even professionals are influenced by stigma from movies - another example would be Sybil.
These are just a few of our issues with this movie and we’ve already seen the damage it has caused. It is just the latest in a long line of movies that stigmatise mental illness. It is an overused stereotype.
M. Night Shyamalan and the production team have purposely exploited DID for entertainment value. Mental illness gives them the “twist” Hollywood is after to make profit, which is clearly more important to them than the lives of those who actually live with this condition.
Please reblog and to those with DID (and other mental illness): this movie does not reflect who we are. We aren’t monsters, we are survivors and the world needs to see that.
First off, I want to thank every single person that contributed to this challenge! It was incredibly fun to read all of your entries and I wanted to say that I’m grateful you wanted to celebrate with me. All the fics under the cut!
I’d love you to read/comment/reblog as many of those as you can, because those amazing people put their heart into their creations and those pieces deserve as much attention as possible!
I’ve written so many words
pressed down, compact stomach wad
they’re all yours, these words I gulp
spurting out pieces of me,
splattered on life like windows
rolled down, potatoes smashed to ground
just hints of the heat, the love
like hot potatoes smoldering
in tinfoil folds
Yeah, you guys didn’t think I was serious. You write a poem about a potato, it’s reblogged to Writerscreed, baby. Why? I don’t know, because today was Jan. 20th and maybe we need to let off some steam (see what I did there?)
Seeing that nasty reblog to my Trump post might actually be my first taste of negativity on this site, which has been such a wonderful, kind, warm place for me thus far.
But I stand by my beliefs.
I will never apologize for who I am and what I believe.
It hurts to hear myself being called a ‘hateful person’ and an ‘asshole’, especially because I’ve worked so hard to make my blog a bright, positive little corner in a world tainted with so much darkness.
But I’m not going to back down.
Not now, not ever.
To all my followers: I love you.
Let’s have a great day and keep on keepin’ on with love, positivity, and endless amounts of gay fanfiction.
Sometimes I see a post that’s really cute, or really funny, and I smile to myself because it makes my day and I hit the like button. But then I keep on scrolling, forgetting for a second that I’m not alone here, that I have all of you following me and liking my posts and listening to what I have to say. Then I have to hit reblog and share these tiny moments with you, my beautiful, wonderful followers. I love you all so much. ❤
So this is petty, but do I need to start putting watermarks on everything? There are multiple Instagram accounts that exclusively post my content that have thousands of followers, there are tumblr accounts that save my stuff and repost it (reblog exist for a reason, you little hags).
I do this because I love the show and it’s funny and people enjoy it too. I never watermarked because it seems tacky. But seeing other people lifting content constantly when I’ve spent over 4 years screencapping everything is actually really disheartening. Is this fair?
Ps. That giant watermark is something I would actually do, just wanted to show which ones are mine 😂
have you watched things you've been tagged in? i.. um... did something for you but seems like you didn't notice? i would really like you to see it.
if you tagged it as ‘mapleleauf’ I most likely already saw it. Most of the time I reblog the things people make me but if its with the draw the squad base I tend not to because there are just so many of them and I don’t want to flood my tumblr with all of them. Don’t get me wrong, I love every single one of them and its nice to see people still using my base!
do you guys ever like, take off your glasses while blogging in public because you’re afraid something nsfw will come up and people can see it in the reflection of your glasses? if not, here’s a fun story that WILL make you take them off everytime.
I was blogging and looking for YOI things to reblog and suddenly BOOM nsfw stuff i will not mention, which was lovely, but i kept scrolling and a friend looks at me and goes, “…Are you looking at porn?” And i scream. And say no. And they go, “I saw the reflection of your glasses.”
like to find more amazing IRL figure skaters but don’t even know where to
begin? Well, I might be able to help!
I am by no
means an expert in figure skating, and I’ve personally only been a causal fan
of figure skating since I saw Yuzuru Hanyu in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But Yuri
on Ice relit my interest in the sport and made me want to do some research
on the current competitors in the Grand Prix series and I wanted to share some
of my findings with you.
linking a few videos that I think you might enjoy below and if you also have
any personal favorites, feel free to reblog and share them with the rest of us
so that we can all enjoy a variety of different skaters!
(Also this post
won’t feature Yuzuru Hanyu because as much as I love him, I think everyone in
this fandom already saw a video or two of him.)
with Deniss Vasiļjevs (Latvia). Sounds familiar at all? It’s this boy
At 17 years
of age, he is just making his Grand Prix debut at this year’s Rostelecom Cup
and NHK Trophy. I am linking his Free Skate from 2016′s Rostelecom below, since
it really is a thing of beauty. (His jumps and spins are top notch.)
we’re talking about Deniss, let’s talk about his coach!
Stéphane Lambiel (Switzerland)is a two-time Grand Prix Champion (and many more
things, but let’s agree that you’ll check out his Wiki page if you want to know
more), who retired in 2010 and moved onto a career as a choreographer and a
coach, and is currently coaching Deniss.
But let me tell you the guy was awesome as a skater. Take this video for
example. (Skating in a suit? Yes please.)
But alright, maybe let’s take a look at a woman for a change, shall we?
I think by now we all know Evgenia Medvedeva (Russia), the main representative of the YOI fandom in the figure skating world, don’t we? Friendly reminder that that cute fangirl is also a Grand Prix, European and World Champion and she achieved that in her debut year in the Senior division.
But let’s take a look at her in action. There’s a chance you’ve seen her Sailor Moon program, so let’s look at her recent performance at Skate Canada instead.
She’s beauty and she’s grace. Need I say more?
Now, YOI also encouraged me to look for skaters in my own country. Unfortunately my own country is Poland and we are notorious for… not having any figure skaters… BUT. I did find one! He is not necessarily perfect but he’s a reminder to look up the skaters in your own country because you might be surprised with what you might find.
Ryszard Gurtler is 17 and currently a competitor in the Junior Grand Prix, scoring some victories in smaller European competitions (he is also from my hometown and is actually a friend of a friend so what the hell, I might actually meet up with him!). I personally love his recent program from Ostrava, but you will most likely see the differences between this and the Senior ones you’ve seen above.
Alright, this post is getting long so I think I’ll end it here. Perhaps you’ve heard of all the skaters mentioned here but hopefully you got to see their beautiful programs and perhaps got motivated to do some of your own research, and that much will make me happier than anything!
Like I mentioned at the beginning, feel free to attach your favorite performances in the reblogs so that we can all experience a variety of different figure skaters from all around the world and perhaps discover our new favorites or people we want to support! ^^