A lot of people are talking about the fight scene with Ayo and Bucky, and a lot of people think that Ayo was right to disable Bucky’s arm. People are saying that Ayo had the right to deactivate the arm “because it was a gift.”
And that’s... not ok. It was an incredibly ableist choice to have made.
Dangerous or not, Bucky is disabled. Hydra ripped his arm out, tossed it in a ditch to rot back in the 40′s, then sewed a machine back in it’s place, and left him to accept that. Bucky fought for years to try and accept that it was part of himself. He endured being dehumanized and treated like an object for seventy years, the span of most people’s lifetimes.
And yes, what they did in Wakanda was incredible for his recovery. They gave him a new arm - one not tainted by Hydra - and they finally broke him free of the trigger words. That was huge for him, and nothing could ever possibly compare to that gift.
But it was just that: a gift. One that gave him his sense of self back, one that finally made him feel like he was more than what Hydra made him. They did it to help him heal, not because they expected something of him. And with Ayo disabling Bucky’s arm, you’re telling people, “Yes, it’s ok to take away someone’s ability to interact with the world, if you gave it to them. Your emotions are more important. They don’t deserve their sense of humanity if you’re angry.”
It’s irrelevant who made it. That’s his fucking arm.
Imagine if instead, she had cut off Sam’s arm. People would be losing their minds about how inhumane it would be. So why isn’t Bucky getting the same sympathy? It’s beyond inhumane to take someone’s crutches, or hearing aides, or their medication. But we’re talking about a limb, a huge part of his physical body. And to take it away just because the person is being inconvenient? It’s almost comically cruel, especially because so much focus was given to proving how skilled and resourceful the Dora are. So if someone with a different kind of aid doesn’t deserve to have that ability taken away, if someone with a flesh limb doesn’t deserve to have it removed, then why would Bucky? It should have been solved a different way. Especially since Ayo saw firsthand what Bucky went through.
The fact that it can be put back is honestly baseless. A normal arm can’t just be sewn back on; this was a happy accident, and only because he lost his in first place. And again, if it had been Sam’s arm instead, people would be reacting very differently. Actions have implications. The morality of Zemo needing to answer for his crimes aside, there were a lot of ways that situation could have been handled. Zemo could have been dealt with afterwards.
Gift or not, by disabling the arm, Ayo took away part of Bucky’s identity, his body, and treated him like an object, like he was nothing. The exact same way that Hydra did. And the fact that people agree with that choice says a lot about how society views people with mental and physical disabilities, and how they get dehumanized on a regular basis, because of this lack of understanding.
And we can do a whole lot better than this
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