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DSA Press Release - Response from the Down’s Syndrome Association – Frankie Boyle

DSA Press Release - Response from the Down’s Syndrome Association – Frankie Boyle

Clever comedy should challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions that people hold of minority groups.

Sadly Frankie Boyle’s recent routine about people with Down’s syndrome was neither clever nor intellectually challenging.

In the year that the Down’s Syndrome Association is marking its’ 40th Anniversary – we have had cause to reflect on the remarkable achievements of people with Down’s syndrome and the positive societal shift in attitudes towards them.

In 1985 we had a very successful nationwide poster campaign, with the strap line

“ You say Mongol

We say Down’s syndrome

His mates call him David”

It is a shame that Frankie Boyle, 25 years later, has not understood this message.

Susannah Seyman

Down’s Syndrome Association- Information Team

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