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‘she’s mad and dangerous’

Ableism sometimes comes in more subtle forms.
Animal rights and environmental activists are eagerly depicted as ‘lunies’, ‘crazy’ or ‘mad’ to discredit them and their message.

Here is Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear presentor) resorting to ad hominems and ableism (mad, idiocy) to attack 16 year old Greta Thunberg.

[ID: photo from interview with Jeremy Clarkson and title of article. Text under photo: “The former Top Gear host said: ‘She’s mad and she’s dangerous and she’s causing young children sleepless nights with her idiocy. ‘No, I think she needs to go back to school and shut up.’]

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See also: Framing animal rights activists and animal abusers as ‘crazy’: the exploitation of disability

Geertrui Cazaux (Trudi). Vegan. Gardener. Wife. Disabled. Writer. Activist. Caretaker. Ex-academic. °1970. Belgium. Vegetarian since mid '90's and vegan since 2010. My main motive has always been the ethical perspective, although I am also inspired by the environmental and health aspects. Writing about veganism, animal rights and ableism on,, and

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