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Advocacy group protests new movie in Stevens Point


A new movie is stirring up controversy across the country, including right here in Central Wisconsin. 

"Me Before You" was released on June 3 and has many people believe that it is oppressive against those with disability. 

The advocacy group ADAPT Central Wisconsin said those people who may become newly disabled will feel that it is normal to feel like a burden to those who are taking care of them.

The group rounded up about 30 people outside Rogers Cinema 7 on Saturday to protest the movie.  

"People that do become disabled would be feeling this way after seeing this movie," said Marilee Adamski-Smith of ADAPT Central Wisconsin. 

Adamski-Smith was born with tetra-amelia -- a condition where a person is born without any arms or legs. 

Her husband Joseph wants the public to know that the movie is portraying a message that is damaging the rights of the disabled community. 

"Movies like this give the wrong message saying that their lives are worthless," said Adamski-Smith. "That they are a burden to society and they should kill themselves." 

According to the group, around 12,000 people develop new spinal cord injuries every year in the U.S. alone. 

A second protest was held Saturday night. 

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