I agree with a lot of what this blog post says about it, but I think it is far too forgiving of Seth Myers. He has has associated a group of people who share one of two illnesses with the term “evil”, and claims, using many offensive expressions, that they are abusive in relationships. This kind of generalisation is the definition of prejudice and oppression.
The article describes these people as causing “injury”, “inflicting so much pain”, and claiming:
“These men or women get nasty in a way that you may have never seen before (unless you know someone else who is [in this particular group of people]). When [people suffering from one of these illnesses] fight, they can use words as bullets, intended to hit you where you’re most vulnerable.”
If one substitutes a different minority group into this, e.g. people of colour, or bisexuals, one gets, “The Price of Loving Someone who is Black”, and, “bisexual people get nasty in a way that you may have never seen before”.
Except that this article is worse, because it perpetuates an inaccurate stereotype that many people already believe. It’s really not okay, and it is a testament to the level of stigma society still piles onto mental illnesses that there is not complete outrage over this.
I agree that Seth Myers has painted quite a disturbing picture of people with Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders. As Debbie said in her blog post, he definitely needs to add something at the end of the article showing that people with these disorders can and do get better with help. It really does promote stigma when he doesn’t. Thanks for commenting!