'Society Does Not Need Another Sick Child!' Actress Reacts After TV Audience Member Criticized Her Down Syndrome Son
An actress was so enraged by one of the members of the audience of a show she was taking part in that she got up and did something about it.
An unexpected reaction
Russian actress Evelina Bledans was a guest on a TV show when she was pushed to anger by someone in the audience. The topic of the day was women who choose to have kids later in life.
The 49-year-old actress was there to discuss this matter with the host as she was pregnant with her third child at the time.
Elena Lebedeva disagreed with Evelina's choices and went ahead to express her anger live on air. The woman told Evelina that if giving birth between the ages of 35 and 40 was dangerous, having a child when one is closer to 50 was even more appalling. "What were you thinking?" she asked.
The audience member then asked the actress, who is also mother to a child with Down Syndrome, "Do you want to give birth to another sick child?"
Will you give birth to another child with Down syndrome? Nobody needs such a child, not society and not you.
As Lebedeva went on, Evelina tried to respond calmly but it did no good. Then out of nowhere, the actress stood up, walked on over to the audience member and said to her, "You wretch, I will smack you! This is for my child, understand?"
The scene can be seen about 22 minutes into the video below:
The actress clearly felt that going after her child was crossing a line.
Did Evelina go too far?
Internet users have taken to social media to express their opinion about the shocking event.
From most of the comments, it was pretty clear that many felt Evelina deserved what she got. The idea that she saw no problem in calling a child with Down Syndrome "sick" was definitely hitting below the belt, and we assume there aren't many moms out there who would let something like that go.
While violence is never the answer, people should always remember to be kind to one another. There's nothing to be gained from attacking anyone else's choices, especially when it comes to little children. That's one line that just shouldn't be crossed.
Bullying and Down Syndrome
According to the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, bullying is a serious problem that children with Down Syndrome often deal with.
If you're a parent of a child that's struggling with bullying, you are advised to make sure the school is aware of the situation and encourage the administrators to raise more awareness about anti-bullying policies.
It's also important to talk to your child about bullying experiences and encourage them to open up to you.