January 15, 2019
We should unironically be for putting ‘tards and other non-photogenic people in movies.
I think you know where I’m going with this, but I can’t claim credit for the idea. The recent trials and tribulations of Bryan Cranston inspired my idea.
Actor Bryan Cranston is facing a social media backlash for playing a disabled character in his latest movie because he is not actually disabled – a casting decision which some people have found highly problematic.
Cranston, best known for his role in Breaking Bad, plays a quadriplegic billionaire in his new movie ‘The Upside’ – a Hollywood remake of the 2011 French film ‘The Intouchables.’ The casting of Cranston as a disabled character has ignited passionate social media debate, however.
It’s a based nigger taking care of a stiff old paralyzed White guy and showing him how to love life and smoke weed film
While some are claiming that choosing an able-bodied actor deprives actors who are really disabled of opportunities, others say that Cranston was chosen for his top-notch acting ability and was therefore the right person for the role.
On Twitter, some pointed out that the “only” roles disabled actors could be considered for those portraying disabled people and therefore they should be the ones getting those roles.
There are disabled actors/people who can act disabilities right *and* well. Disabled folks, including actors, face high discrimination/unemployment. We pay so much more to survive, die more easily/sooner. Johnson, Cranston, other ableds don’t need the money/real awareness. We do.
— Emily Johnson (@emily_rj) January 12, 2019
Disabled actors aren’t cast in roles that center disability and also aren’t cast in roles that don’t center disability, yet somehow people don’t see this as evidence of discrimination or anything negative. Disabled actors just have to try harder to hone their chops! Like, GMAB.
— Malice Walker (@humblecore) January 8, 2019
Bryan Cranston is trending for being cast as a quadriplegic man. I see lots of people defending him, saying it's his job as an actor. As a disabled actor myself, let me point out that such roles are the ONLY roles disabled actors would be considered for… yet we still aren't.
— Ally Craig (@mr_craig) January 8, 2019
I’d take it a step further and argue that these disabled people need to play abled people.
I say we go full Harrison Bergeron on our entertainment industry. Part of why I don’t watch the TV anymore is because there’s just nothing good ever on TV anymore. For some people, TV is still bearable. So our mission, should we choose to accept it, is quite simple: we encourage the entertainment industry to become downright unbearable.
Consider this argument. Forget about making the next James Bond black – make him a potato instead! It would be ablist to keep perpetuating the harmful stereotype that only able-bodied people are capable of leading an “action-packed” lifestyle.
Anything that makes normal people uncomfortable like ‘tards running around pretending to be action heroes makes people tune in to entertainment less.
Neo-Nazi street marches.
Eh, lost my train of thought, sorry.