Hee, this reminds me of a Connie Willis story where a character has a business organizing and setting up huge, elaborate Christmases for clients--everything from decorating to the dinner. They all have themes, like rooms in a Vegas hotel.
I do think the fact that Maddie Ziegler is not Dustin Hoffman or Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t helping this situation. Looking at the trailer, it appears to be a stereotypical portrayal of someone with autism. That may be more of a writing problem than a performance problem, but add in the fact that you have a neurotypical… Read more
Oh look, someone writes about a marginalized, misrepresented community constantly being shut out of an industry that wants to make portrayals of them, and all the commentariat fills up with self-righteous bros (who’ve never had to consider anyone outside of their own personal experience of the world) talking about how… Read more
I don’t know whether it’s intentional, but you’re completely glossing over the bit where Hollywood uses disabilities for Oscar bait and then says it’s “too hard” to accommodate actual disabled people on sets.
Hoffman is accused of groping and harassing multiple women, one of whom was 17 at the time. It’s fucked up to make light of that and pretend that it’s some kind of unfair attack because he got laid a lot.
Anytime I see these ridiculous culture war battles about who’s “allowed” to play certain roles I think of this clip:
My issue with it is so many times disabilities are portrayed as over the top caricatures to invoke emotion. Yes disabilities suck but I’d much rather see more people in films and TV with them living normal lives with only the occasional hiccup. We need less Dustin Hoffman Rain men and more Danny Pudi Abeds