unfriendly reminder that Alfonso Cuarón directed a video that portrays autism as a terrifying threat and a burden to non-autistic people, basically a video that says autistic people are diseases, not actual people
Friendly reminder Alfonso did that short because it’s in fact the satire and the social critic of the common excuses society employs for the autistic when he went to treat his son of four in that moment. -five when the short was aired- . He retired from the cinema industry for years because in 2008 he had his son of 4 years old diagnosed with Autism and that short is what the medics told them about the disease, so in 2009 he directed that short as a reply.
Añadió que su pequeño está saliendo de su condición, motivo suficiente que lo alienta a regresar al cine pero más adelante.
"En nuestro país casi nadie le presta atención al problema y para colmo, muchos niños son de bajos recursos y los que tienen van a Estados Unidos a tratarlos, por eso yo invito a que la gente se informe al respecto", apuntó.
Dijo estar muy involucrado con organizaciones, ya que viviendo en Londres puede estar más en contacto con instituciones, pero inclusive en ese país se observa cómo es “prehistórico” la forma en que asumen su responsabilidad ante el problema.
He added that his little son it’s slowly healing from his condition, enough motive to cheer him back to the cine industry, but it will be later.
"In our country no one pays attention to the problem and to add even more, many kids are from low resources and the ones who have it just go to USA to treat them, that’s why I invite people to get informed about it" he pointed out.
He said he was very involved with several organizations, since now he’s living in London and he can be more in touch with the institutions, but even in that country he can observe how is “prehistoric” the form they assume the responsibility while they face the problem.
This report by Mexican press was done a year before this short was made and even when Cuarón talked about how they literally didn’t get the idea of this is what HE FACED while treating his son, everyone accused him of “being the worst face of autism” when those words in the short are actually what his family had to suffer for years -two since the announced retirement, three since the short was aired - as discrimination from the society.
I want to give him the benefit of the doubt but it doesn’t change the fact the video completely fails at getting that across if that was what he was trying to do. If the video was clearly framed as “society’s perception of autism” vs. “the reality of autism” then I’d probably have liked it. But no, the video was done in such a way that it seemed like the conflict was “EVIL AUTISM” vs. “parents FIGHTING EVIL AUTISM hoping for a cure,” which only feeds into the damaging societal perceptions.
It does seriously bug me that Cuaron hasn’t apologized or at least spoken about this video and its (perhaps unintentional) hurtfulness since its release.