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#inclusion matters

this piece is about Hollywood and their take on disability and how it needs to change

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Dear Hollywood I need to see more people like me on the big and small screen

Please cast disabled actors in roles so I can see that there are people like me in Movies and on T.V. I recently saw the movie Downsizing where one of the characters was an amputee so when I came home from the movie, I looked up to see if the actress was, in fact disabled and she was not. In 1980, the show Facts of life had something big happen by featuring someone with a disability on Primetime tv it was the first time that had happened .Gerri Jewell is a comedian with a visible disability Cerebral Palsy in the years since then there has been very little progress with this issue with such shows that include Born this Way. Speechless. Breaking bad, and a few more.I have a huge issue with Hollywood and their take on what disability looks like is so wrong

I don’t even know where to start but I will try. Hollywood creates characters that are disabled like Sean Murphy plays the role of a doctor who has autism and savant syndrome and the actor who plays him does not have this disability but was consulted by specialist in the autism world. Another big example is Artie Abrams from glee who is supposed to be playing someone who is supposed to be a paraplegia because he was in a car accident; that actor is not disabled. If you create a disabled character for movies and television, they should have a disability written into the storyline- not have an able-bodied actor be consulted by someone who is an expert on that aspect of a disability. Because, let's face it, the able-bodied actor is not going to truly understand disability because they have never truly had one. So if you want someone who is disabled for your television show or movie- hire disabled actors and actresses. They are out there and I am sure they would love the work. I am sure they are able to do the work that you ask of them; you just have to give them the chance to do it and then only true inclusion will happen and we will see ourselves the way it should be. True to who we are and what disability truly looks like in our eyes and not the eyes of Hollywood.


Someone who needs to see more inclusion in moves & television

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