YouTube's Interabled Newlyweds, Shane Burcaw & Hannah Aylward Respond to Negative Commenters

YouTubers Shane Burcaw and Hannah Aylward, who recently tied the knot, addressed hateful comments about their interabled relationship, in an Instagram post.

More popularly known by their Youtube channel name, “Squirmy and Grubs,” Shane Burcaw and Hannah Aylward’s love story has rocked the internet for quite a bit with their interabled relationship.

Following their recent marriage and the insensitive comments from social media users, Aylward wrote on Instagram: "...you’re never going to be able to educate everyone.”

YouTubers Shane Burcaw and Hannah Aylward speaking on their Youtube channel. | Photo: YouTube/ Squirmy and Grubs

YouTubers Shane Burcaw and Hannah Aylward speaking on their Youtube channel. | Photo: YouTube/ Squirmy and Grubs

Continuing her message alongside screengrabs of several unkind comments, Aylward wrote that some people would never come around to accept certain things no matter what they did. Therefore, it would be a waste of their time if they worried about those kinds of people.

She revealed that over time, it had become increasingly easier to ignore the hateful comments that littered the internet concerning her relationship with Burcaw. 

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A common phrase you can find in the comments on our videos is, “Hannah sacrifices everything to be with Shane.” This is sometimes said to make me seem like a good person, with something along the lines of, “Hannah is so incredible, sacrificing her life for the one she loves.” Other times, it’s more like, “What must be wrong with her, for her to think her only option is to sacrifice her life for someone like Shane.” ⁣ ⁣ These comments are a result of the idea that disabled people aren’t valuable partners. It insinuates that Shane is a burden because he needs help with physical aspects of his day to day life, and it assumes that my entire existence is consumed by that help. ⁣ ⁣ None of those ideas are true. I am in a supportive, healthy, wonderful relationship with Shane. This is such a misunderstood topic that needs to be discussed more. We posted a video tonight, delving a little deeper into it. The link is in my bio! ⁣

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In the beginning, they thought the hate would dissipate once they got married and established their love. It did not, but they did not care anymore.

Aylward also wrote that she and her husband were determined to continue creating their content and sharing their spectacular story.

Burcaw himself opened up about his spectacular relationship with Aylward. 

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If the past two years of having a YouTube channel have taught me anything, it’s that you’re never going to be able to educate everyone. No matter what you do, some people will just never come around. Worrying about these people’s opinions is a waste of time, and as time has gone on, it’s become so much easier to genuinely have no internal reaction to comments like these. A few years ago, reading words like these was painful. For a while, I held onto the idea that once Shane and I were married, all the people doubting our relationship would realize it was real. Now, of course, I’m not that naive. Although it’s taken time, I’m able to completely dismiss people like this. Shane and I continue to make content and share our story with the hopes of showing as many people as we can that disabled people are worthy partners. Comments like these only encourage us to continue! We’re so grateful for all of the people that our story has managed to reach in a positive way.⁣ ⁣ Image description in the comments.

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They hoped that it would help the world, or some people at least, to understand that disabled people made worthy partners. Such hateful comments only worked to fuel their fire and ignite their desire to keep pushing their message to the world.

She concluded by thanking those that continued to be kind to them. Announcing their early September wedding on Instagram, the newly-turned wife wrote:

“On Friday, September 4th, I married the love of my life. It wasn’t the big gathering we had always planned on having, but it was perfect.”

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No one was less enthused about our wedding than Chloe. Her bandana? Creepy. Zoom meeting in the backyard? Creepy. Mommy and daddy all dressed up? Extremely creepy. She didn’t smile for the photo, but we love her anyway.⁣ ⁣ #accessibility [image description: Photo 1: Shane, Hannah, and Chloe in their backyard. Chloe (a big, white, fluffy dog) is facing towards Hannah and Shane, but is looking back at the camera. She has a white bandana around her neck. Hannah is in her wedding dress, and is kneeling down to pet Chloe and smiling at the camera. Shane is in his shirt and tie, laughing and looking at the camera. Photo 2: The same photo, but zoomed in on Chloe’s face, which looks very grumpy.]

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The beaming husband and wife looked beyond happy as they shared photos from their special day. Aylward revealed that she and Burcaw tied the knot in a Zoom ceremony, but they could not wait until they officially celebrated with their friends and family.

Burcaw also shared a sweet photo from the special day, accompanied by a heartfelt caption about how he married his best friend. Both hubby and wife were beyond thrilled to have finally exchanged vows.

In a 2019 exclusive self-written tell-all essay with TODAY, Burcaw himself opened up about his spectacular relationship with Aylward. 

Burcaw, who was born with a genetic disorder called spinal muscular atrophy, wrote that although intriguing, their story was not unique as they had come across several couples just like them, along their rise to YouTube fame.

He also debunked any rumors concerning their intimate life and the ability to have children in the future. In fact, they could have kids, and according to him, they had a satisfying intimate life. 

Like every other couple, they argued and had their rough times, but in the end, their love kept them happy. There is no doubt that Aylward and Bucaw share something truly amazing.

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