The blind community is mad at Molly Burke for having a Mom and having money…
— The Baddest (@JuicyMilano_) July 22, 2020
None of us give a damn that Molly either has money or has a mom, as you’d realize if you took twenty minutes or so to read through all the recent criticism that people have posted.
We’re upset because Molly has decided, without any input from the community she claims to be advocating for, to appoint herself as the person who puts herself out there and tells sighted people everything they’ve ever wanted to know about being blind, because inspiration prostitution is good for the brand and keeps the sponsorships and money rolling in.
We’re upset because she deliberately represents the situation of blind people as one that’s full of pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows, while the rest of us do the hard work of things like ensuring that apps and websites are accessible or even just trying to make sure that rideshare drivers don’t discriminate against us and get away with it.
We’re upset that Molly is using her influence and celebrity status to put us all in the very likely position to someday have to justify why a particular accommodation is needed when our bosses or family members or colleagues tell us that the problem we’re having isn’t really a problem because they watched this one blind chick on Youtube who handled it just fine, when really that blind chick has people doing everything for her so she doesn’t have to deal with a lot of the little everyday things that the rest of us have to work around.
And finally, we really don’t appreciate her fans’ attempts at guilting or shaming us into going along with the game because after all there might be the slightest possibility that maybe someone will consume her inspiration prostitution and decide to make one little change which could make things better for the rest of us.
Personally and professionally, I have a real problem with anybody who has the nerve to publicly paint us all in a bad light, as Molly has done time and time again.
I have a problem with anybody who has the nerve to claim that they, unlike any other blind person who’s come before them, is going to just handle answering all the questions for sighted people as if they’re able to take that on, all while doing this with people waiting on them hand and foot making sure their every need is met.
And finally, I have a real problem when fans of Molly and others like her go after those of us who criticize as if she’s above reproach. she’s a public figure. If she’s going to be the advocate superhero for this community she’s going to need a thick skin, and so are her fans.