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AWN condemns TikTok “Autism Challenge”


AWN is troubled by the sudden popularity of the “Autism Challenge” dance challenge on TikTok, but where users encourage each other to film short clips pretending to dance by flapping their hands and making other facial expressions and body movements meant to imitate and mock autistic people, all set to a soundtrack making fun of disabled people’s movements. Although TikTok has removed many of the videos and suppressed the hashtag, the mere fact that its platform enabled this hashtag to reach viral status is indicative of the ableism that proliferates on social media platforms and leads to harassment, abuse, and other violence.

Source: AWN condemns TikTok “Autism Challenge”

By Eve Reiland

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