Every so often someone with a big Twitter following, and some would say celebrity status and so authority, says something which is just down right questionable.
Today being one of those days, someone I followed shared this into my timeline commenting on their disappointment at the words…
I will be honest, I had no idea who Rufus Hound was and a Google search has left me not much wiser! But, given I don’t really buy into celebrity culture this shouldn’t surprise anyone! According to his Wiki page he is a comedian and TV Presenter and, with over a million Twitter followers I’m guessing he is reasonably popular!
My initial reaction to this tweet, and I tweeted it myself, was “can someone give this guy a slap for stigma stirring.” I was infuriated that someone could make such a broad sweeping statement, and with the tone it is written implying that all those suffering with mental illness are dimwits.
Finding out he is a Comedian, makes me think there was supposed to be “Hah! This guy is Soooo funny!” In there when you read the tweet. Maybe some of his readers did that, some of the replies were positive.
The problem, is that this tweet implies those of us with serious mental health conditions need to be herded up, taken off the streets.
You may say I’m paranoid for thinking/feeling that way, but most of these illnesses come with that paranoia. Does that mean people in the public eye should feed it?
Shouldn’t those with a celebrity status be helping those of us in the cheap seats who are working hard to end stigma do that? Instead of making bloopers like this which could set us back?
I love anti-Deal or No Deal jokes, I’ve always hated the programme and used to baa my family for watching it! But I am the one with a mental illness not them, and for all my issues, I don’t need Noel Edmunds of all people looking after me, if I’m going on a game show it will be Countdown or Fifteen to One thank you!