hey guys, I want to talk about an upcoming movie called Split.
it’s not coming out until 2017, but I feel it’s important to discuss it anyway, because its first trailer just came out…and frankly, I’m horrified.
here’s the synopsis of the movie: “When a young man with 23 different personalities is compelled to abduct three young girls, he strives to survive as the final and most dangerous one of all tries to take full control.”
….because there weren’t enough movies/shows out there demonizing people with DID as it is, of course.
a brief explanation of what dissociative identity disorder, or DID, is: it’s multiple personalities, formed by trauma, sharing one body.
very, very few of those personalities are aggressive, and I’ve never actually encountered any that were outright dangerous–and yet every movie and show that involves us makes us out to be killers and kidnappers.
Criminal Minds has had two episodes involving people with DID, and in one the man with DID kidnapped a federal agent and tortured him, on top of being a serial killer; the other man with DID was just a regular old serial killer. even a show that’s usually quite good about not demonizing mentally ill people demonizes us.
and now there’s this. a horror film about a person with DID, who presumably went through some serious trauma to get it, and how he’s a kidnapper and probably also a killer.
here’s the thing, though: we aren’t dangerous. we aren’t bad people. we aren’t killers and kidnappers fighting to stop our alters/systemmates from acting out. people with dissociative identity disorder are just typical groups of people who happen to all share a body! we aren’t dangerous to anyone; if anything, most of us tend to be more dangerous to ourselves than anyone else, thanks to self-destructive systemmates who want to hurt the body or other system members. but the bottom line is: we aren’t out to hurt anyone and we aren’t dangerous. the fact that every single movie and episode about us makes us out to be violent killers and kidnappers is appalling and horrendous and screams stigma.
DID has a serious stigma around it. and movies like this are only serving to add to that stigma, to demonize us more, to make more people afraid of us.
I refuse to stand for it.
please, if you can–boycott this movie. tell them you won’t stand for the demonization of your fellow mentally ill people anymore. tell them that we are not their props or toys to play with and create stigma against. tell them that just because it doesn’t affect them doesn’t mean it’s all right to hurt others with their bullshit. listen to systems and people with DID and OSDD who talk about this movie and how it’s bad, and don’t speak over them, but work with us to try and change things so this sort of thing is frowned upon and doesn’t happen so much. please.
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We are seriously fucked off. We all know that DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) has been misrepresented in the media. We are sick of being written as characters to be scared of, who turn out to be murderers.
We came across a new film, Split, due to be released next year. You can find details on its IMDB page:
(Please be aware the trailer may well be triggering and is just generally a bit jumpy as it’s meant to be a scary movie)
It is about a man with DID with at least 23 alters, and the manifestation of a new one named the “Beast”, who kidnaps teenage girls.
It is fucking offensive that once again we are being presented in the media as monsters. DID, a complex trauma condition, is being portrayed as something to be afraid of.
In reality the vast majority of people with DID have probably done nothing violent in their lives and this movie is adding to the already inaccurate and controversial representation in the media.
It would be so helpful to the DID community and just society as a whole if Hollywood decided to make an accurate and educational movie. DID is so misunderstood already and movies like this make a laughing stock of our trauma and our disorder.
My partner and I are writing to Orlando Studios with our personal comments. If you feel as we do, that this is a disgusting illustration of DID, you can write as well. The only address we’ve managed to find is this one:
National Publicity Universal Pictures 100 Universal City Plaza Bldg. 2160/8H Universal City, CA 91608 (Address For the Attention of the creators of Split, 2017)
If anyone can find a better address to direct it to please feel free to update this post! No pressure if you don’t want to write but I for one am sick of the media’s constant misportrayal of DID.
Please reblog, not only if you have or know someone with DID, to spread awareness that THIS IS NOT AN ACCURATE PORTRAYAL OF DID. We are not to be feared. We are chronic childhood trauma survivors and it is fucking insulting to be portrayed in this light - we struggle enough without people spreading a negative image of us!