Olivia Wilde's Down's Syndrome awareness video is dividing opinion

This is why some aren't happy with the #HowDoYouSeeMe vid

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Olivia Wilde stars in a powerful new video to mark World Down's Syndrome day - but some are criticising the people behind the vid for casting a Hollywood actress. 

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi, the video sees Olivia looking at herself in the mirror, while the voice of AnnaRose, a 19-year-old from New Jersey with Down's Syndrome, speaks. 

"This is how I see myself. I see myself as a daughter, a sister and a best friend,"she says. 

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"As a person you can rely on. I see myself meeting someone that I can share my life with... I see myself as an ordinary person with an important, meaningful, beautiful life. This is how I see myself. How do you see me?"

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At the very end of the vid we see AnnaRose for the first time, for just a few seconds; and that's where the problem lies for critics of the piece. 

They argue that it would have made more sense to see AnnaRose breaking down the stigma surrounding Down's Syndrome by starring front and centre, rather than giving the main role to Olivia Wilde. 

Emily Ladau writes for The Daily Beast: "Disabled people are almost always erased from the media, and almost never given the chance to fully represent ourselves. The 'How Do You See Me?' ad perpetuates this exact barrier by erasing the woman with Down syndrome from her own story.

"Instead, it becomes Olivia Wilde's story—a 'perfect' ideal that leaves disability unseen and eliminates images of true inclusion, which is what the world truly needs to see."

What do you think? Let us know with a tweet over @Sugarscape. 

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