Alec Baldwin has stepped into controversy yet again, only this time — we’re not sure he did anything wrong!
But not everyone is OK with this.
The Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocacy group for disabled people, reached out to the Los Angeles Times to decry the casting of a sighted actor playing the role of a blind man, making the statement:
“Alec Baldwin in ├óΓé¼╦£Blind’ is just the latest example of treating disability as a costume. We no longer find it acceptable for white actors to portray black characters. Disability as a costume needs to also become universally unacceptable.”
Baldwin absolutely doesn’t know what it’s like to be blind; very few do. Less than half a percent of the U.S. population is blind. The Ruderman Family Foundation believes only blind actors should be considered for roles playing blind characters — likewise with all disabilities.
They’re even calling the practice of non-disabled actors playing disabled roles “crip-face.” Hmm.
What do YOU think? Is an actor pretending to be blind offensive?
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