I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | Stella Young



Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”

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24 thoughts on “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | Stella Young

  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    It also heaps expectations onto disabled people that they can't meet. I'm not running wheelchair marathons. I'm not playing soccer with two pair of prosthetics. I'm in so much pain I'm lucky if I can get a shower. But. All of these " inspirational" pictures, articles etc… make me a target for disgust. Even with myself. Why can't I rise up above the pain ? Above the dysfunction ? What's wrong with me ?

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    I agree and disagree with what she says. If your have certain disabilities you have to overcome and work harder to achieve certain things than an able bodied person. That is quite admirable, and yes, it can be inspirational. Not because they are disabled – but because they've faced various adversities and overcome them.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    So many people who aren't disabled in the comments saying that being disabled is a bad thing? How in the world would you know? I'm legally blind and my life is great. I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for my disability. Its not an easy life, but everyone in life has challenges. I think you guys should let us decide if our lives are bad or not, just sayin…

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    I know that little guy in the green and that's at our summer camp and he's just a little oh playing basketball let me tell you we as disabled people don't know we are different tell we are older I didn't till 5 and I only learned cuz able bodied people told me

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    being happy in everday life is a good life, living anyway else is the true disability

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    This changed my life, I no longer feel pressure to be preachy and amazing, I can be lazy and not always participate in everything if I don't want to. I have no obligation to serve others in my life. I can be human and disabled and disability is not who and all I am.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    Woman: i'm not your inspiration
    Woman: makes a speech about that on TED talks
    😂
    i get her point tho.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    I hate it when people say "you can't make fun of person xyz because he/she is disabled. I think everybody should have the right to be subject of a joke.

    And I wound where her pot of Gold is.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    One thing that Young doesn't bring up is that it also hurts the person saying it. If we assume that the word "inspiration" is a synonym for "motivation," could it be that people are just too lazy to motivate themselves?

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    My disabled child gets a lot of this. Sometimes people tell me "Oh you are such a great mom!" just because they see me with her in public. I tell my family that if we are out and she is happy, I'm mother of the year. If she's unhappy, I'm a monster to torment the little blind girl. I totally get what Stella is talking about – she's not some worst case scenario to compare yourself or your child against. She is a happy kid who does things differently but still does things and enjoys them.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    chill out guys, her video is neither inspirational nor the opposite of it. It's to make a point, give reasons, provide examples. All logical.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    it's inspiration for other disabled people who don't have someone who is like them as inspiration

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  • August 20, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    Well think of it this way
    Do you get to drive a close equivalent to an rc car wherever you go?
    I don't think so

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