Can non-disabled people ever be successfully cast in disabled roles? Alison Wilde examines unacceptable practices that lead to misrepresentation in film.
The film Music, directed by Sia seems to have been almost universally dubbed as the most disableist portrayal of Autism yet, in the 21st century...
This is one film which I think we will all agree on, unequivocally; it is utterly atrocious on every level. As Sarah Kurchak has said, “it is bad art, even without the consideration of disability.” And, of course, it is deeply disabling. A silver-lining to all this is that even the mainstream media have picked up on how unacceptable this is. This is a win of sorts. Perhaps.
It’s sad that it takes something so truly awful to bring the issues of non-disabled people cast in disabled people’s roles to everyone’s attention, not to speak of the multitude of representational issues with this film... Keep reading on Disability Arts Online.