By Jan Carlo Anolin
A non-profit organization has urged the public to stop portraying the trending ‘Boyet Challenge.’
In a Facebook post Thursday, the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) condemned the latest trend wherein participants mimic ‘Boyet,’ a character with autism, in GMA’s teleserye drama “My Special Tatay.”
ASP said the mimicry is a “thinly-veiled instrument of ridicule of those who live with autism and intellectual abilities.”
The group also cited Republic Act 9442 which protects persons with disabilities (PWDs) from ridicule and vilification and imposes fines and imprisonment to
“Pero kahit walang batas, makatao ba na pagtawanan ang mga kapatid nating may kapansanan? Huwag gawing kutya o katatawanan ang pagkakaroon ng autism,” the statement read, with an attached link of their full statement.
“Let us promise to act to stop the derogatory use of the word “autistic” and to promote the true acceptance and inclusion of Filipinos with disabilities. One simple promise can spur the change that may make life better for millions of Filipinos with autism,” ASP added.
The organization also urged people to join its movement @1pangako, which aims to pledge not to use the word “autistic” as a form of insult or joke.