By Serena Coady in The Metro.
Ever felt the sting of a backhanded compliment? Perhaps you’ve been told that your English is ‘surprisingly’ good, or that you’re funny… ‘for a woman’. A new Twitter hashtag, #DisabledCompliments, is highlighting that veiled insults are sometimes a daily reality for people with a disability. The viral hashtag began when activist Imani Barbarin tweeted a ‘disabled compliment’ she had received. Her tweets inspired thousands of people to share their own similarly shocking experiences with ableism. These ranged from harassment, ‘you’re too pretty to be in a wheelchair’, to inexcusable attempts at jokes, such as ‘You’re lucky your leg was amputated, now you don’t have the knee pain I have’.
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