Pro Infirmis, a Swiss organization that helps people with disabilities, conducted an experiment. They dressed up a disabled man, Fabian, in a cuddly bear costume and dropped him in the middle of a city square to give out hugs. People jumped at the chance to hug this adorable giant bear, but would they have jumped at the chance to hug Fabian if he had not been in his disguise? Probably not. Pro Infirmis wants this to change.
In the video’s description on YouTube, Pro Informis writes, “There are only a few people who don’t have empathy with disabled people. Nevertheless, the passenger seat in the public bus next to Fabian often stays empty. Handicapped people are a regular part of our society. So, get closer.”
The video, which was actually uploaded to YouTube back in March, just went viral this week. It has garnered over 580,000 views so far and currently has a whopping 11,454 likes to 56 dislikes. The video certainly makes you take a step back and think about the preconceived notions and prejudices that many people have against the disabled and hopefully it will inspire people to make a change and get a little bit closer.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Do we need to disguise ourselves to get closer?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.