Get the Daily Mail to remove their stigmatising article about chronic illness

Get the Daily Mail to remove their stigmatising article about chronic illness

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Nia G started this petition

The Daily Mail just published an article called "Addicted to being sad. Teenage girls with invisible illnesses known as spoonies post TikToks of themselves crying of in hospital to generate thousands of likes"  

It scrutinised and questioned the integrity of  individuals with chronic illness, their experiences and their search for attention, likes and cash.

The article implied those who post online about their chronic illnesses are fakers, who are simply anxious and claiming to suffer from health conditions.

It suggested that online chronic illness communities are dangerous and encourage patients to "lie to doctors to get the diagnosis they want".

It used screenshots of many people's online accounts without any regard for their online safety. It also falsified an interview of a chronically ill individual, who has publicly said that they were not interviewed and did not say the words included. 

It also had a heavy emphasis on attacking young women, especially teenagers, children and minors. This is not ok at all.

This is all too common and is a perfect example of the stigmatisation, disbelief, scrutiny, mocking and shaming that chronically ill and disabled people face daily. This shows how alive and well these attitudes are. This needs to change. 

This article incredibly harmful, uplifting beliefs and stigmas which are damaging to so many people. Help me get it taken down

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Thank you for your support! 

Nia

 

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