The chronic illness community has been up in arms over a recent release on Netflix, title Afflicted, and rightly so. As I understand it chronically ill people were scouted out by the film makers for the film, specifically people who have chronic illnesses that aren’t currently well-understood. They were told that the film would portray them “in a compassionate light”. Here’s the thing, they weren’t portrayed that way, at all. (Full disclosure: I won’t be seeing the film. I try very hard to keep my days positive and light, but I just wanted to mention how disappointed I am in a group of film makers who would knowingly mislead seven chronically ill people.) These people were led to believe they would be spreading awareness but instead what happened was they were all portrayed as having psychosomatic illnesses, basically as one article put it on a film review: bonkers. How this isn’t grounds for a legal suit is baffling to me, or maybe it is grounds…. Anyway, one of the bloggers many of us follow in this community was in the film and he shares his experience in the following blog, Netflix and Hill: The Trues Story Behind “Afflicted”.
As I said I won’t be watching the film. But I wanted to do my part in spreading awareness because I can’t sit idly by and watch the illness I’ve been fighting so hard to spread awareness about be attacked by a greedy filmmaker who is in for the shock and awe. In my humble opinion, Netflix and all associated should be ashamed of themselves. Why would anyone, and I mean anyone, knowingly spread untrue and malicious content about chronically ill people? Not much to say today other than that, my health has been yuck. I’ll spare you all the blah, blah, blah, suffice to say I feel crappy, but I know I could feel crappier, so I’m thankful for that.
A few more little paintings as I follow along with World Watercolor Groups daily prompt, although this week I went off prompt a couple times to make cards for some dear friends. Hoping today has been kind to you and thank you for stopping by!