Disney Issues A Serious Warning About The Rise Of Skywalker

Everyone’s going to want to see Star Wars:
The Rise of Skywalker but some fans will need to exercise a little extra caution. Disney is working with the Epilepsy Foundation
to get the word out that viewers with photosensitive epilepsy may be adversely affected by some
sequences in the movie. Those with photosensitive epilepsy a group
which comprises about 3 percent of epilepsy patients overall can suffer seizures when
exposed to strobe-like flashing lights for significant periods of time. As a result, The House of Mouse has reportedly
sent a letter to every venue exhibiting The Rise of Skywalker, all over the world, warning
of the potential of some portions of the film to cause serious problems for viewers with
the condition. At the same time, the Epilepsy Foundation’s
official Twitter account tweeted a message praising Disney for its proactive stance,
and sharing a link to a page on its website containing advice for photosensitive epilepsy
sufferers who, like the rest of us, are anxiously awaiting the flick’s release. This is important info, which we’ll share
for the benefit of anyone who suffers from photosensitive epilepsy, or who knows somebody
who does. The Foundation’s helpful message comes with
advice for viewers who may suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, but still want to safely see the
movie, medical concerns or not. The message reads, in part: “If you or someone you know are sensitive
to lights, please consider the following as you make plans to watch the movie: -Ask a friend to watch the movie first. -Take your friend with you when you go see
the film to alert you to which scenes contain the flashing lights so you block your eyes
during those scenes. -Teach your friend the three simple steps
of seizure first aid Stay, Safe, Side so that they can assist if you have a seizure.” About those three steps: in the event that
someone you’re with has an epileptic seizure, you’ll want to Stay with the person and start
timing the seizure; make sure that they’re Safe, steering them clear of potentially dangerous
objects or environments; and turn them on their Side to help make them as comfortable
as possible. You can visit the Epilepsy Foundation’s First
Aid for Seizures page on its website for more information. One of the last major pictures to pose significant
risks to those suffering from photosensitive epilepsy was Incredibles 2, the highly-anticipated
sequel to Pixar’s 2004 superhero spectacular. That film ended up carrying a similar warning
to The Rise of Skywalker’s at some theaters. For its overseas and home releases, Disney
went so far as to re-edit the film so that it would comply with the Harding Box test,
which is used to effectively measure the risk posed to photosensitive epilepsy sufferers
due to flashing lights. 2011’s Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is another
major mainstream film which prompted a warning from the Epilepsy Foundation after nine moviegoers
were reported to have been hospitalized during screenings. The Tumblr page Movie Health Community, which
keeps track of films which might pose problems for those with epilepsy or acute motion sickness,
has also compiled a list of recent films which may prompt epileptic seizures. Among them are: Ocean’s 8, Solo: A Star Wars
Story, A Wrinkle in Time, Deadpool 2, Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War, Tomb Raider,
and the Netflix movie The Cloverfield Paradox. While it’s only a small percentage of the
population that are adversely affected by exposure to flashing lights, it’s safe to
say that pretty much everybody is going to be taking in The Rise of Skywalker at some
point, so it’s only appropriate that the potential risk to that subset of viewers should be broadcast
loud and clear. “We’re all in this, til the end.” All too often, giant corporations are oblivious
to the issues that their products might cause to underrepresented segments of their customer
bases, so when they get things right, we’re of the opinion that they should be commended. In this case, Disney absolutely got it right
so thank you, Mickey, for doing your part to prevent any unnecessary suffering on the
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