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The Ableist Abuse of Love Island’s Tasha Needs to Stop

TW: This article includes descriptions of threats of violence towards deaf and disabled women, particularly Tasha from Love Island.

There’s a photograph drifting around the internet of Love Island star Tasha Ghouri as a young child in a fairy fancy dress costume. Before she knew about the evils awaiting her, in a statement underneath, her father conveyed the scale of ableist and sexist abuse aimed at the islander in recent months.     

A photograph of a child accompanied by a note not to call her grown-up self a “Deaf wh*re.”      

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Jada Pinkett Smith and ALL Disabled Black Women Deserve Respect

TW: this article features bullying of black disabled people and disabled people being told they would be better off dead.

By now the whole world has seen the clip of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. Chris Rock made a “joke” about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss by referencing the 1997 movie G.I. Jane starring Demi Moore. Demi famously rocked a buzz cut for the role, however, Jada’s haircut isn’t for a movie role.

Jada has alopecia which is an autoimmune disease that attacks your hair follicles, this causes hair loss. 

Many who deal with this disability have experienced different levels of hair loss. Jada came out in 2018 to announce that she was diagnosed with it and with the encouragement of her daughter Willow, she decided shaving her head would be better.