Jeremy Renner- Apologize to people who actually have narcolepsy!

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Jeremy Renner- Apologize to people who actually have narcolepsy!

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Sarah Elizabeth Terauchi started this petition to Jeremy Renner and

Jeremy Renner, the actor who most recently starred in the Avengers series as Hawkeye, has repeatedly made passing jokes about his ability to nap in any location so long as he is laying down. These range from humorous to awkward, but when jokes are made about a serious medical condition, they become offensive and insensitive.

In many interviews, Renner has joked about how he wished his real life superpower would be to have narcolepsy so that he could take a nap whenever he wanted, even going so far as to say that his superhero name would be "Captain Narcolepsy." These remarks have been occurring for an extended period of time, including in an interview with Dirt TV after the release of Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters, and countless interviews during the PR campaign for the Avengers, even going so far as to make bad imitations of cataplexy and sleep attacks all for a few laughs.

Although it is very clear that Renner simply doesn't understand what narcolepsy is or the severity of the disease, including the debilitating effects it has on people's lives, he needs to understand that such comments are extremely harmful. Narcolepsy is not just an excuse to sleep anywhere you like, or the ability to take a nap whenever you wish. If you have narcolepsy, you don't choose to take a nap, your naps control you. A sleep attack and cataplexy are not things you can turn on and off like a switch. Those of us with narcolepsy are constantly fighting to change the portrayal of narcolepsy in the media due to its long standing use as a cheap humorous device. These sorts of antics are not only harmful to all of our efforts, but hurt us emotionally as well as it feels as if no one cares about what we are trying to do and the changes we are trying to make.

I'm not calling for Jeremy's head or demanding compensation payment, or anything huge like that. But I believe I speak on behalf of everyone with narcolepsy when I say that we would like a simple apology for mocking those of us who didn't choose to bear the title of Captain Narcolepsy, but had it forced upon us; for all of the real superheros in the world that wanted to be actors like Jeremy Renner, or any other profession, but are forced to fight the evils that our brains create for us every moment of every day by battling to simply stay awake.

Jeremy, if I could have one super power, it would be yours: the ability to function like a normal person and not be disabled. But I can't. And I'm not laughing at you finding that funny.

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