During a recent episode of her show on The Daily Caller, conservative commentator and author Candace Owens criticized a new ad for a SKIMS Adaptive Scoop Bralette that features a model in a wheelchair. Owens questioned the extent of inclusivity and whether the representation of people with disabilities is necessary. Her comments have sparked outrage from many, including actress Christina Applegate, who is currently battling multiple sclerosis.
Owens questioned the extent of inclusivity and whether the representation of people with disabilities is necessary. Her comments have sparked outrage from many, including actress Christina Applegate, who is currently battling multiple sclerosis.
Christina Applegate Responds in Support of Inclusivity
Applegate took to Twitter to express her disappointment and disgust at Owens’ comments, stating that companies like SKIMS and others are doing important work to support people with disabilities. Applegate spoke out about her excitement for accessibility clothing, which she and others in her community desperately need. She thanked SKIMS for their adaptive line for people with mobility issues and criticized Owens’ comments on inclusivity.
Owens Apologizes and Invites Applegate for Discussion
In response to Applegate’s tweets, Owens later admitted that it was an honest mistake and that they didn’t know the ad featured a technology designed for people with disabilities. She apologized for the mistake and clarified that they thought the ad was another nonsensical “representation matters” diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiative that patronizes the people it purports to represent. Owens invited Applegate for a discussion, to educate her on being disabled, if she is willing.
Importance of Inclusivity for People with Disabilities
Applegate’s struggles with multiple sclerosis have made it difficult for her to get dressed without assistance. She spoke about the challenges of finding clothing that is accessible and thanked companies like SKIMS for their efforts to create adaptive clothing. Applegate’s personal experience with disability has given her a unique perspective on the importance of inclusivity in advertising.
To summarize, the criticism of the SKIMS ad featuring a model in a wheelchair by Candace Owens, and the subsequent response by Christina Applegate, highlights the importance of inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities. It is crucial that companies strive to make their products and advertising inclusive of all, and it is important for individuals to educate themselves on the needs and experiences of those with disabilities.
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