Poundland's Nutters are not ok
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Stigma is something that those of us from minority or marginalised groups in society have to face on a daily basis. Women are judged on their looks and what they wear, BME (black and minority ethnic) people are the subject of microaggressions and racist abuse, and LGBT+ people encounter homophobia regularly.
Disabled people are amongst the most marginalised, they encounter enormous levels of stigma, abuse and institutionalised violence by the means of governmental welfare cuts. This includes people who suffer from a mental illness, whose lives are made worse by stigma in society. Poundland has recently come under fire for their sweets “Nutters”, which are similar to peanut M&Ms, for perpetuating negative stereotypes related to mental illness. The packaging shows cross-eyed characters and the name of the sweets. For some, this may not seem bad. However, for those of us who suffer from mental illnesses and struggle to access the help and services we need, this can be a kick in the teeth. For years, we’ve been called offensive terms like mental cases, crazy, insane, lunatics, morons… I could go on. In 2007, a study on mental illness and negative labels showed that “nuts” was one of the most frequently used terms amongst young people to negatively describe mentally ill people.
Poundland says their popularity suggests customers do not have an issue with the producthttps://t.co/3GAIQADtmj— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) September 13, 2017
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