It was during a matinee show of “The King And I” in Broadway when a child started yelling and screaming in the middle of an intense moment of the show. It was clear that the child has autism, but that didn’t stop some audience members from complaining. The boy had interrupted the show, and what audience wants that? You’d probably dismiss their reaction as logical.
But not this actor. Kelvin Moon Loh, who plays the king in the show, was the one performing onstage when the show got disrupted.
"I was emotional when I got off the stage. I thought what was happening was not right." he told Upworthy.
After the show, he posted a moving message on Facebook. Instead of shaming the boy with autism and his mom, he defended them and asked for compassion. Here's an excerpt taken from his Facebook post.
He ended his post with a reminder that the “The King and I” is a family-friendly show, which means that entire families -- including children, whether or not they have a disability -- are welcome to watch and experience it.
After posting his message, Kelvin had received an outpouring of support from all over the world, especially from parents of kids with disabilities, not just parents of children with autism.