By Eve Reiland, Autistic Ambassador (US) and founder of InternationalBadassActivists.org
Remember Judith Newman, author of “To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines?”
How could we forget #boycotttosiri, right? Many Autistics continue to struggle with Judith’s ability, influence and power to silence, smear and dehumanize Autistics. And wow — she pulled in some mighty damn powerful friends to silence Autistics too. $$$
She also did some circular logic to distance her stance on eugenics. Then instructed and coordinated friends to report autistic reviews on Amazon and how to leave 5-star reviews.
At the same time Judith Newman was gaslighting the Autistic community on The Thinking Person’s Guide To Autism Facebook page. Where she offered to help Autistics as much as her platform would allow.
What Autistics Got?
(Spoiler: Total Haterade & Media Silence.)
So while Autistics were advocating for our Autistic Human Rights — we were silenced by privilege, power, ableism and a complete blackout of the campaign in media (again) – other than a note in an article about Amazon.com quietly restricting reviews when the book “Fire & Fury” was released. And an article in Rocky View Weekly — which may be written by the journalist Judith Newman threatened.
Judith Newman did have an interview on NPR “Here & Now‘s” with Robin Young where the campaign was finally mentioned in mainstream media.
Other than that, it’s been The Great Autistic Silence on the #boycotttosiri campaign.
And Amazon.com has taken a stance against the #actuallyautistic and actively silenced us.
Note from Eve: SO why is Amazon.com silencing Autistics?
Who’s benefiting from Amazon.com’s silencing of Autistics?
Smells like an Autism Speaks partnership to me.
Amazon.com Smile partnership, autistic robot stories, Autism Speaks Walks, Siri, Echo, Autism Speaks, adaptive technology, samsung, mircrosoft . . .
IDK, something here is stinkin.
More from Autistic Activists on #boycotttosiri
- Amazon has quietly restricted reviews for its most controversial products
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