Disabled people are often told that cross-casting is necessary for disabled characters because people need to see them ‘before.’ Here’s why this argument doesn’t hold water.
Nondisabled actors play 95 percent of television’s disabled characters. This is what we talk about when we talk about representation.
Me Before You just premiered in theatres, adding another entry to the long pantheon of films about disabled people, for nondisabled people. Like others, it relies on cripface and the presentation of disability as an unimaginable tragedy, which is hugely offensive.
Actor Eddie Redmayne, though surely a perfectly nice person, is currently making me want to start hurling things at him with irritation. With not one but two roles in which he played dressup with marginalised identities in 2014 and 2015, he’s most decidedly on my shitlist. As a high-profile actor, he really does get to pick or […]
Every year, the online disability community organises and participates in Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD), a blogswarm that highlights various aspects of living with disability in a culture that discriminates against disabled people. Entries range from personal essays to heavily-researched critiques to pop culture commentary to conversations to discussions about disability issues; they’re all fantastic, […]
There’s a slow and growing awareness among the nondisabled community that, to be blunt, we see your cripface (sometimes in a metaphorical sense in the case of blind and low-vision people). Some nondisabled people are even aware that we’re actually kind of over it, and in fact get vehemently angry about it. We’re tired of seeing […]
This fall, it seems that some networks are trying to up their diversity quotients with more token inclusion of disabled characters, adding a handful more to the extremely short list of recurring disabled characters on network shows. One of the most notable is Ironside, in which the title character is disabled—and not only that, he’s […]