There are few things which piss me off when it comes my sense of humour. I know I’m a frequent user of cyanide and happiness so I don’t exactly have a strong hold on a moral high ground when it comes to humour, however, the use of this picture as an internet meme really disgusts me.
Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21) is a devastating syndrome. A patient with this disorder will never have the mental capacity that you or I have. Their average life expectancy is also significantly shorter. Their hearts aren’t as efficient either due to congenital defects. However, despite all this, and often being born with a broken heart, they are some of the most loving children you will ever meet.
What disgusts me is that someone out there felt they had the right to take the above image and convert it to a meme, the lowest form of humour. They have added the tag line ”I can count to potato” as a way of indicating lack of intelligence.
I think this is despicable and insensitive. There are too many parents out there, that have children who are stricken with down syndrome. What gives someone the right to capitalise with an internet joke on this illness? Do they realise that this is a person, Heidi Crowter to be precise and they dare to use this image to promote ableism. I think it’s disgusting.