In the world of shocking news, another autistic was murdered. Alex Spourdalakis, 14, nonverbal, has been murdered by his mother, Dorothy, who then attempted suicide and failed. She’s being charged with first-degree murder.
What’s even more sickening and indicative of a larger issue is this ‘documentary’ (that’s what it’s being called. ya rly) that was released around the time of Alex’s death. You really don’t have to watch it. In fact, don’t. It’s a piece of shit, judging from the footage. I’m providing a link for the curious to CBS virtually advertising this bullshit:
If you chose not to watch the video (which I really don’t mind AT ALL. Really. I don’t. In fact, you did the right thing not watching it. It’s a piece of shit), then let me summarize it for you. It’s a ‘chronicle’ of a mother, Dorothy Spourdalakis, trying to get services for her severely autistic son, Alex, who is suffering from stomach lesions. In this ‘documentary,’ there is awful footage of Alex tied to a hospital bed and he’s clearly suffering. As he struggles furiously, he’s being filmed. (Imagine if you were in this position. Would YOU want to be filmed? No? Didn’t think so). Sprinkled throughout, there is footage of the mother being rather motherly with her son, kissing him and holding him, and footage of her crying. Because we wouldn’t dislike a character if she seems like a good mother and cries at the sight of her son being tortured. She’s also old and wears glasses. She’s an old lady so she can’t possibly be a terrible person!
After getting denied all of the services she wanted for Alex, Dorothy spiraled into a deep depression which eventually became so great that she became compelled to perform the only noble thing that a mother could do and put an end to her son’s misery. At least that’s how the filmmakers would’ve described it. Here’s how I’d describe it, using fewer words and less distracting verbal ornamentation: she didn’t get what she wanted (we, the audience, are never told what she was asking for) for her son so she murdered him.
This ‘documentary’ is designed so that you sympathize with the mother’s actions. If we find ourselves excusing the mother for what she did, then the film has done its dirty job. Hell, I’ll admit that upon letting my guard down, I found myself sympathizing with the mother (briefly). I then proceeded to take a lengthy shower to wash off all the guilt I felt for ever sympathizing with her. It’s that powerful. But because it’s that powerful, the film has persuaded us to believe something that would reveal itself to be immoral and inexcusable upon an iota of critical reflection. But if the film implicitly discourages that necessary critical reflection, it has done its dirty job. Film is a powerful thing, ladies and gentlemen, and can be used to make us believe the most batshit shit. Just ask Joseph Goebbels. Because of film, we have a concept of a soulmate, we think that all East Asians know karate, and a whole plethora of other ridiculous things.
If you kept your guard up, then you’d see Dorothy for who she is: a murderer and an absolute failure as a mother. There are other autism parents who struggle to raise children with differently wired brains and, in the more extreme cases like Alex, face the same issues. Yet they never go as far as to even contemplate murdering their own children. The fact that Dorothy actually thought about killing her own child shouldn’t bode well for her from the very start.
However, the ‘documentary’ pulls this quote from Ari Ne’eman, which not only ends up being the only intelligent thing ever said in the ‘documentary’ but also ironically summarizes everything that’s wrong with Dorothy’s actions, the ‘documentary,’ and its execution:
“I think an ideology, a dangerous ideology that preaches that people are better off dead than disabled is what led to Alex Spourdalakis’ murder.”
Also, I couldn’t help but notice some of the language used. Notice in the beginning of the video that they discuss a ‘prelude to a tragedy.’ A ‘prelude?’ Really? Is this a drama that is put on for the amusement of others? Because that’s what the use of chiefly theatrical words like ‘prelude’ suggest. It seems that this ‘documentary’ is meant to be theatrical, not illuminating as a documentary is supposed to be.
In fact, I have a hunch that this whole ‘documentary’ was planned; Alex’s death was probably premeditated from the start. Granted, I have no sufficient evidence to back up this belief and I don’t know the first thing about making documentaries but there’s something very fishy about all of this. People don’t just make documentaries in this style. If this ‘documentary’ was made with any scrap of honesty, they would have filmed this bullshit after Alex’s death and they wouldn’t have filmed the subject while he was alive. They wouldn’t have started filming before Alex’s death because there’s nothing interesting about some random person suffering from stomach lesions, severely autistic or not.
Before I start to sound like a silly conspiracy theorist in my ranting, let me abruptly stop and direct you to this petition to get CBS to stop promoting this piece of shit: https://www.change.org/petitions/cbs-news-take-down-the-video-behind-the-tragedy-mother-murders-autistic-son-2
Remember kids, murdering people is never okay. Ever.
Also, I should note that this documentary was made by the Autism Media Channel, an organization that still believes that vaccines cause autism. I’m beginning to see a pattern here.