Sometimes the line between confused ethics and plain old stupidity is razor thin. This controversy is one of those times.
Actor Bryan Cranston, best known for “Breaking Bad,” is being criticized for playing a a quadriplegic billionaire in “The Upside,” his new film released Friday, because he is not actually handicapped.
He’s also not a billionaire, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for some reason.
Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation complained, “While we don’t know the auditioning history of ‘The Upside,” casting a non-disabled actor to play a character with a disability is highly problematic and deprives performers with disabilities the chance to work and gain exposure.”
No, Jay, it isn’t problematic, because the primary objective of the performing arts is not, and has never been, to provide “the chance to work and gain exposure.” This is the affirmative action mentality that as it gets stretched further and further from reality and common sense by the woke and the wokeness-addled, increasingly ensures that society eventually rejects the whole tortured concept. The objective of the performing arts is to entertain, engage and enlighten the audience. That requires casting the best actors available, and in film, frequently the best know actors, in the judgment of the director and the producer. Bryan Cranston is one of the most skilled actors in the world. I am extremely confident that there isn’t a single quadriplegic actor that can equal him, if indeed there are any at all. Audrey Hepburn could also play a blind woman better than any of the few available blind actresses, when she starred in “Wait Until Dark.” Tom Hanks and cliff Roberrtson could play mentally-challenged caharcters in “Forrest Gump” and “Charlie” better than any mentally-challenged actors.
I can’t believe we even have to have this conversation. Continue reading