Lupita Nyong'o Apologizes For Basing 'Us' Character's Voice On Disability

Lupita Nyong'o has apologized for saying that she based the voice of her evil doppleganger in the movie Us on a neurological disorder called spasmodic dysphonia.

A few disability advocate organizations complained about her finding inspiration from the disorder, which causes the voice to spasm.

"What is difficult for us, and for the thousands of people living with spasmodic dysphonia, is this association to their voice with what might be considered haunting," the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association said in a statement, after Nyong'o revealed her inspiration to Variety.

Nyong'o apologized during an appearance on The View, saying that she "wasn't interested in vilifying or demonizing the condition," and that she "crafted Red with love and care."

The disorder advocate organization RespectAbility accepted her apology, while asking Hollywood to avoid the demonization of people with disabilities in the future. 

“We appreciate Lupita Nyong’o’s heartfelt apology…We hope Nyong’o will use this experience to continue lifting up all marginalized groups including the 1-in-5 people who live with disabilities. In general, the Hollywood practice of using disability primarily to villainize people or to show them as objects of pity needs to end.” 

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