Baby that Changed History

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Faith Duey, Contributor

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After years and years of controversy concerning those who are either physically or mentally inclined, the social aspects of the society known today are no where near perfect nor will it ever be. Though these are obvious facts, what is known to be “socially acceptable” is becoming more and more susceptible.

One contentious topic is whether or not those with down syndrome should be reflected in the media. Social activists and those who abide by the moral that “all men are created equal” hanker the acceptance of people who look or act differently in comparison to the modern day definition of beauty. Those who agree with the latter obviously have extremely different thoughts on the matter, but those with down syndrome already don’t get as much positive attention as they could.

Recently, name brand companies have been opening up to incorporating people with different body types and circumstances into their campaigns, one company being none other than Gerber, the baby food brand. Every year, thousands of pictures are submitted leaving the chance of being selected and chosen to represent their brand as the new “spokes-baby”.

For the first time since the founding of the Gerber brand, a baby with down syndrome was chosen out of 140,000 submissions, according to BBC news. Lucas Warren made history for simply being in a picture his mother submitted into the contest on a whim. The chance of any child being chosen was already slim, but to be the baby that changes history in this ground-breaking event is truly a milestone overcome as a featured event to start 2018 off right.

BBC news wrote, “Gerber’s CEO, Bill Partyka, described Lucas as ‘the perfect fit.'” Of all people to select the spokes-baby, the CEO of the whole company chose Lucas. Lucas’s father, Jason, told NBC’s Today programme that he hoped Lucas’s win could “help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited”.

Many on social media, including advocacy groups and relatives of people with Down’s syndrome, reacted positively to the announcement,” informed by BBC news. Though there have been some negative responses, there has been an exceeding amount of positive reactions and impacts in a short amount of time.

18-month-old Lucas Warren has made a lasting effect for human morality everyone.

 

 

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