This is a message to all those poor, poor people that find themselves on the internet, mainly Youtube and Facebook following the rest of the crowd and thinking that your “well funny” well, sadly you’re not, you won’t see me laughing, you won’t see any of my friends laughing either, that’s because at some point very early on in our childhoods we became aware that it wasn’t very funny at all to poke fun and imitate people who have a disability. If I knew you personally (which I am glad that I don’t) I would be ashamed to know you, in fact I guess that you probably wouldn’t have the intellect to be able to hold down a conversation with me or anybody else with TS. You probably think that I’m some shrivelled-up old prune – angry from Tunbridge Wells, but sorry to disappoint you, I’m a young articulate, media-savvy young woman who does have a sense of humour (it’s just that you really are NOT funny – quite tragic really) In fact my sense of humour is something that helps me cope with my TS (it’s quite dry, scathing and somewhat more sophisticated than yours). It saddens me that an adult would find it funny to make crass imitations of a person with Tourette’s syndrome, it’s just a bit of swearing, just get over it! What saddens me more is that by looking at your Youtube clip youtube.com/user/pl0ugh220 that you could be a parent! Do you feel you are setting a good example to your child? Did you know that Tourette’s tends to get better with age and onset is usually during childhood – you are making fun of children, a grown man? How would you feel seeing a clip on youtube making fun of a condition that your child may suffer from?
From my perspective it seems that society accepts that us people with Tourette’s syndrome will be the butt of jokes, when you search Youtube or Facebook there are more groups congratulating the dead-but-not-dead Tourette’s Guy (put about news of his death to avoid lawsuits from a TS charity) and clips of people thinking it would be funny to have coprolalia (involuntary swearing that affects just 10-15% of people with TS) I don’t feel sorry for myself, far from it, it’s the kids with TS I worry about, school yard taunts fuelled by these home-made videos. Seriously guys, get a life, grow up!