also, just real quick, “we can’t hire a blind actor to play this blind character because we need someone who fight/do [insert difficult physical activity]” is abysmal reasoning
firstly, stunt performers exist. your favorite actors are probably not doing all their own stunts.
don’t pretend marvel can’t hire a blind actor to play daredevil because he needs to be able to do parkour as if charlie cox is somersaulting off rooftops. that is not how stunts work.
it’s real fucking fishy to leverage that as a requirement to play a character only when it comes to disabled characters. (is jeremy renner now a world-class archer? did i miss that? [eta: this is not a stellar example because he’s also not Deaf, fuck you marvel, fuck you again forever, but i really wanted to reference another marvel character with skills the actor doesn’t have that aren’t superhuman, because of what i mention later in the post: that blind/low vision fighters are not a superhuman phenomenon.])
there’s a huge number of people and processes involved in creating the complicated fight sequences in films and on tv, including stunt doubles and editing and CGI.
secondly, blind fighters and athletes also exist. i could say this over and over again and list examples of athletes and their accomplishments and you probably would never internalize it, so i really just want you to look up, like, any of the 17 current or past sports for blind/low vision athletes in the paralympics.
like, just go youtube any track & field athletics for T11 competitors in this year’s río paralympics. go! now! a bunch of them have the whole events up online.
anyways, there’s not just track & field athletics, but also a ton of others including swimming, cycling, and, most relevantly, judo.
paralympic blind/low vision judo competitors (and paralympic wrestlers, though the sport’s now discontinued) are like… the most direct and most blatant fuck you i can give you to your “[whiny ableist voice] but they have to be a really good fighter”
like, fuck you. no, they fucking don’t have to be, because stunt performers exist and i’m pretty damn sure not every actor in star wars: rogue one is doing all their own fight scenes.
and secondly, even if they did, there are some damn incredible blind/low vision fighters in the world, trained in a variety of styles. thinking that blind/low vision people can’t fight or be strong or be good athletes is built entirely on ableism.
stop excusing the ableism you show in not hiring and supporting blind/low vision actors with… even more ableism.
One Batch, Two Batch… Penny and Dime. I read her that book every night before this shit. I read it every single night, but, see, that was over now because Daddy’s home now. She looked at me and she begged me, Red. She begged. She begged. I said, “No. Daddy’s too tired, see. But I’ll read to you tomorrow night. I’ll read to you tomorrow night, I promise.” Yeah. Never think that… for her there was not gonna be any tomorrow, see. The last time I’d see her, I’d be holding her lifeless body in my arms. Meat was spilling out of her, Red. The place where her face used to be.