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A COVID inspiration porn?

Over three months since the COVID-19 declared pandemic, many countries are still debating whether to make wearing face masks compulsory to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Noam Gershony, an Israeli wheelchair tennis player and Paralympics medalist, has recently published a video to advocate face mask wearing. On his Twitter, he shared the following video, which shows people with different physical disabilities putting a mask on:

He tweeted it with the message, "If we can do it, so can you. #WearAMaskSaveALife".

However, the well-intended video has been vastly condemned as inappropriate by people with disabilities. Many of them consider the video another inspiration porn: a video about people with disabilities being inspirational solely because of their disability.

One equality campaigner, who is a wheelchair user, commented about the video,

"Important message, but the delivery makes me shudder. Can we please not use disability as the baseline for the non-disabled?"

Another comment criticized the video ignoring those who cannot wear a mask due to their disabilities.

In the meantime, there are products like this, which allow people to clarify why they cannot wear a face mask in public:

cannot wear a mask declaration card

(Source: stickmancommunications.co.uk)

What do you think about the video? Would you use disability products like the card above?

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