Film ejects autistic woman for a laugh

Sabrina Parker

A woman who has Asperger syndrome has been “ripped out” from a screening of his favorite movie by the cinema security staff for “laughing too much”.

Tamsin Parker, 25, had been watching western the Good, The bad and The Ugly at the British Film Institute (BFI) on London’s Southbank on Sunday.

Many film lovers out to protest against the “disgusting” way she was treated by some members of the audience and the staff.

The BFI has apologized and said he “must do better”.

Lydia Parker, Tamsin’s mother, said her daughter, who celebrated its 25th anniversary – has been in “floods of tears” when she picked her up from the security office.

She said she was “shocked and disgusted” about the Tamsin has been “humiliated”.

“There is clearly a huge lack of awareness about people with autism,” Ms. Parker added.

She said that her daughter, who is an animator, had been “so excited” about the projection.

The 1966 film means a lot because, as Ms. Parker explained in a video that she had produced, she identifies with one of the characters.

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Lloyd Shepherd, 51, who was at the screening with her son, said Mrs. Parker laughed out loud at the “fun bits” of the film, but it has never been “inappropriate”.

The novelist has said that some members of the audience began to get “stuck” about noise, and talked to the members of the staff.

He said a man then shouted abuse at Mrs Parker, who was with two friends.

Mr. Shepherd said the security personnel “dragged” Mrs. Parker, as she told the audience: “I’m sorry, I have Asperger syndrome.”

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Ms. Parker, of Cricklewood, north-west London, has been “incredibly upset”, Mr Shepherd said.

He added: “the People were cheering the guy who sexually abused her, and they cheered when security took her to the.

“These people need to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror.”

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The BFI said it was “sincerely sorry”, and look into the training of the staff to be more sensitive.

In a statement, she added: “In what has been a difficult and complex situation, we are wrong.

“We can and must do better in adapting to all the needs of our customers.”

Ms. Parker said the security staff were “friendly” once they realized that her daughter had Asperger syndrome.

But she said her daughter “should not have to check with the staff to avoid such a “horrible experience”.

Jane Harris, of the National Autistic Society, said she was “shocked”, adding: “With more than 700,000 people with autism, in the UK, it is essential that they are able to enjoy going to the cinema like everyone else.”