What's your issue with actors of disabled characters not being disabled IRL? Aren't you just glad they are including disabled characters in the first place? They play characters, it's literally their job.
No, I’m not “glad they include us” in the first place. Because when we are included, we’re the pity, the inspiration, the bitter asshole, magically cured, or killed off, but never a full fledged character.
I’m sick and tired of able bodied actors getting praised for portraying our reality. And for portraying it wrong! Nothing about us without us- and almost all of the movies and TV shows about disabled don’t even bother consulting disabled people before they go spewing false shit. It’d be less of an issue if it happened once in awhile, but this shit is the norm.
Plus, how many disabled actors can you name? 2? 3? 5 maybe? Able bodied actors are getting jobs portraying us, while we aren’t being hired because we’re “burdens” or “untalented.”
I don’t agree with this myself, but I heard people in the community refer to the phenomenon as “cripple black-face,” and frankly, there are some striking similarities.
White people should not play PoC characters, cis people should not play trans characters, and able bodied actors should not play disabled characters. Period. Full stop. End of story.
Accurate representation matters!