Corrie’s Cherylee Houston slams film Me Before You over representation: ‘Why can’t disabled people just be characters?’

The soap star voiced her anger on social media

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by Hayley Kadrou |
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Cherylee Houston, who plays Izzy Armstrong in Corrie, has taken to Twitter to slam the Hollywood representation of disabilities.

The actress, who herself is affected by a rare connective tissue disorder named Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, posted the tweet in reaction to new movie release, Me Before You.

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She wrote: “Dear Mr & Mrs Hollywood, why can't disabled people just be characters not this skewed view of our lives? #crippingup.”

WARNING: Plot spoilers below

And it wasn’t just Cherylee that’s been outraged at the representation of disabled people in the movie, as the promo for the film included tag lines such as ‘#LiveBoldly’ has caused uproar both online and at the premier of the film.

Based on a novel by Jojo Moyes, the movie Me Before You is a romantic comedy in which the male lead becomes disabled after an accident, and attempts suicide several times before turning to euthanasia. Understandably a plot point that many people were far from happy with.

Twitter users wrote:

Cherylee herself made history as the ITV soap's first disabled actress, joining the show in April 2010, and has been a fan favourite since.

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And it isn’t the first time she has voiced her anger on Twitter about the representation and treatment of disabled people, as she previously tweeted exposing online abuse and hate crimes.

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