The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime

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It is normal to be scared from different things. But hat should not mean you should hate someone who looks different.

Adam Paerson has been called different names in his life: Quasimodo, Elephant man, Creature and many more, just because he looks different. Some people even try to rip his face off.

Truth be told, nobody can be sure how would a person react seeing him in public. And that is exactly what Adam wanted to find out.

With the help of a professor in social psychology, Adam conducts an experiment measuring people’s innate prejudice towards his looks. The results are shocking, which brings the question, can he alone change the opinion of many, and how can he do that?

Adam has neurofibromatosis type 1, a condition that causes benign tumors to grow on nerve endings. In his case, the tumors grow on his face, which has caused his face to look completely unnatural.

One cannot fully understand and grasp the challenges and struggles that Adam faces in his everyday life. For example, people avoiding him like plague. But should Adam barricades himself up and quit living his own life? What kind of message does that sends for our society? And should children who have been burned in fire do the same? Just because their face looks different or unnatural?

Take a look at the documentary that Adam films, as Alan is on a journey to understand the laws for disability hate crime.

Halfway through the movie, Adam admits that he “Understands that people would have natural curiosity. But it is not always easy to live with people stares”. And when he sits on crowded bus, nobody seats near him, not even on the seats behind him. What can Adam do?

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