Creators Of Split Ignore Dissociative Identity Disorder Community

Creators Of Split Ignore Dissociative Identity Disorder Community

Shyamalan, McAvoy and others involved in Split movie ignore multiple concerns and requests.
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As someone with DID, it's probably no surprise that I have not been thrilled with M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie, Split. To put it simply, I find it pretty stigmatizing. Still, I never tried to shut the movie down or hate on people who chose to see it; I understood that it's someone's work of fiction and created for entertainment. Instead, I tried to educate people about DID and reached out to the people involved in the film.

This is why I created a petition asking that the people involved in the movie make a short PSA about DID. As stated in this petition, I want the world to understand that violence in people with DID is very rare and that we are not killers. We just want to live our lives in peace and be accepted for who we are. We don't want to be feared and judged.

Yet despite over 16,000 signatures and multiple attempts on my part to get in touch with Shyamalan, no progress has been made. The truth is, Shyamalan, McAvoy, and the rest of the people involved in this production have chosen to ignore the DID and psychiatric communities.

In September of last year, I spoke on the phone with Shyamalan’s personal assistant, Rakel Joyce, who gave me her email address. So I sent her our petition, along with the petition letter, and she said she would forward it along. In the months since I’ve emailed her several times asking her how they plan to respond to this petition and she has completely ignored me. Joyce was listed in the credits as Shyamalan's personal assistant and even had an extra part in the movie. Seeing as how Joyce had very easy access to Shyamalan, it is highly unlikely he did not see the petition.

In late 2014, Shyamalan actually spoke to clinical psychologist, Bethany Brand, about DID. Brand even offered to introduce Shyamalan to people with DID. But once the trailers for Split came out, Brand contacted Shyamalan expressing her own concern and asking how he planned to counteract the stigmatization the movie may cause. Shyamalan claimed that "he and Universal Pictures were interested in promoting information and support for those with DID." Brand also talked to a representative from Universal Pictures and things seemed to be going well until, as Brand says, "crickets...there was nothing." It appears that she was pushed aside and ignored just as I was.

In fact, the movie's lead, James McAvoy, states in the video below that he was not able to find anybody with DID willing to talk to him. Despite Brand's offers to connect Shyamalan with DID patients and despite my own attempts to reach out to McAvoy and his agents.

So where does this leave us? As much as I don't appreciate the stigma this movie has already created in my life, with a classmate saying they would be scared to meet someone with DID after seeing Split, I would have been willing to grin and bare it if the people who made this movie were not ignoring the DID community. Instead, we are left alone to combat our own villainization and attempt to show the world that we are not the dangerous people this film depicts us as.

As I strive to educate, all that I have is my voice and my community. I hope these words can make a difference. I hope that people know they don't have to fear me.

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This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.

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When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.


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As I was waiting for my drink I noticed that one of the baristas was having some issues with some type of syrup, but I thought that they would refill it and then add what they need, and that one probably wasn't even mine. When they did that, I saw them get a new jug of syrup and I went back onto my phone and to try and plan how I was going to get through this midterms week.

Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.


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Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.


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Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.


So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?


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