SAP & Ponce here…
We get a lot of thank you letters from people. People with Down Syndrome, people who have relatives with Down Syndrome, people who have children with Downs, and people who say they would never have even spoken to anyone with Downs had they never seen one of our videos.
This is a major source of support that keeps us going.
The entertainment world is terrified to lose advertisers. So terrified that they dumb everything down, make sure they have enough minorities in the cast of every show they produce, and try to keep the risk of offending people to a minimum.
People get offended no matter what you do. Fortunately it’s only about 10% of the actual audience that sees whatever it is you’re peddlin’. And even more fortunately, that 10% is made up of about 98% whack-jobs.
So how can you help us change the world?
Simple. Treat people like people, regardless of their handicap, disease, sex, race, food preference, musical likings… the only people who deserve intolerance are the intolerant. A-holes don’t need your attention. They are the way they are because they are starved for that attention. So starve them completely. Spend your energy learning about the things you don’t understand, like Down Syndrome. If you know someone with Downs, say hi. Chit chat with them. That’s a good place to start.
Spread love, not hate. Cheesy, simple, yet right on the money. Send our videos to people you know. Introduce them to Ponce that way. Let them see how much he has done in this life. When he was born the doctor told our mother to put him in an institution, that he would never be a useful member of society. That doctor is dead. Ponce is alive. And Ponce has done more good in this life than that dead doctor could have ever dreamt of. If it was up to him, Ponce would have been aborted. PONCE FTW!
Knowing that the videos we make help to open people’s eyes is what fuels our creativity and our drive. Pass us around, especially to the people you think might not get it. The ones who are set in their ways, a little uptight, you know who they are. Throw the opposite of the stereotypes they have accepted in their faces and give them a chance to grow.
Again, we thank you all for your support. We are truly blessed to have a voice in this loud, nasty world. If you guys keep holding up the megaphone we will keep shouting.
-the Perry brothers