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Deaf Community Members Protest Hearing Actor Playing Deaf Character on 'The Stand': "Enough Is Enough"


https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/deaf-community-members-protest-hearing-actor-playing-deaf-character-on-the-stand-enough-is-enough

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What's next? "Dead Community Members Protest Live Actor Playing Dead Character In Movie About Abraham Lincoln"

"Lincoln is dead," said Humphrey Bogart, president of the Dead Actors Guild. "And so he should be played by a dead man. We've got plenty of great actors who would be wonderful for the role. Heck, Henry Fonda and Raymond Massey have already played him, and they're available. Enough is enough!"

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Well, i don't even dare to imagine the commotion that would follow TWD ... or maybe that's why they cancelled the show???

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I somewhat get where their coming from, but Nick Andros is one of the lead roles. Can't just throw anybody in there.

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Who is the deaf "community?" Does this imply there is a hearing "community?"

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The Deaf community consists a group of individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and yes there’s a hearing community.

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And what does this "community" have in common other than their hearing difficulties? Who speaks for them and are they elected? Are all deaf people monolithic in their attitudes? Was there a survey taken that shows anything other than a tiny, vocal minority are the ones "taking offense" at this, just like any other "community?" As a "member of the hearing community" I'd like to state on behalf of my "community" that I'd be OK with a deaf actor playing the role of one of "us." I hope this sounds as silly to others as it does to me. There are no such things as "communities" of people who share physical characteristics, or God help us, what if a short person was cast as a tall character (*cough Tom Cruise*), or a person with homochromic eye color were to be cast as someone with heterochromia! To assume that all, or even most people who share such, think or behave in a certain way smacks of generalizing and stereotyping, which feels like a slippery slope to some murky and dangerous beliefs.

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Seek help please, you asked a question, and I answered it. There’s no reason for you to go off the rails.

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I’m not seeing anyone off the rails. I’m seeing someone commenting on a movie comment board. Just my humble observation though

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Thank you! It's like I asked what 2 + 2 was, got an "answer" of 5, and was being told to "seek help" when I explained how it was the wrong answer. We need logic/debate brought back as a required subject... It's as if the person I was talking to didn't notice all the other posts ITT before opening their mouth, either.

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Enough is enough - I want a blind guy to play Daredevil now.

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Can never forget Garrett Morris on the old SNL screaming the news for the hearing impaired : "OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT !!!!!" https://youtu.be/GwSh0dAaqIA

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Some might expect me, as one who is seriously hearing-impaired to side with the protests on this. I don't.

Nick, while he is profoundly deaf in the book, does speak in dreams, so a speaking actor was necessary for the series. Having said that, I do feel that more realistic acting roles need to opened up for not only the deaf and hard-of-hearing but for disabled people in general.

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As it turns out, Nick never spoke at all in this miniseries. So there's some room for legitimate complaint here.

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2 Since you have seen the series and I haven't, I'll defer to your judgment. However, I read somewhere that a major part of the reasons for hiring Zaga was that in the series Nick DID speak. So, (My speculation here) Zaga's speaking parts must have been cut.

As it turns out, Nick never spoke at all in this miniseries. So there's some room for legitimate complaint here.

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Yeah, I just saw that someone else said in another post that he did. I honestly don't remember it. As I said in my reply there, it may have been during one of the many times my mind was wandering from boredom.

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So, the Deaf Community has proved itself just as stupid as all the other "communities" who come up with this kind of silly complaint.

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2 Any group can be stupid. Disabled people are no exception.

Granted, we do have legitimate grievances, so perhaps we should concentrate on them rather than this silliness.

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I agree, the Deaf community shouldn’t be complaining that a hearing person is portraying them in a tv series/movie, because Deaf actors won’t be able to hear or understand what the director/crew/etc is trying to tell them. It can also be frustrating if a Deaf actor had a sign interpreter on set with them to help interpret everything that’s going on around them.

It’s probably easier for everyone involved on the set of movies/tv shows to get a hearing actor to play a Deaf character than to get an actual Deaf actor. No one’s stopping the Deaf community from making their own movies using their own Deaf actors.

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2 The reason they hired a hearing actor for this role is that Nick does talk in his dreams. For that, a hearing (speaking) actor was needed. Like I say, I am hearing impaired, being 100% deaf in my right ear and have about a 70% loss in my left, so I can understand the concerns of those of us who have hearing problems.

There are legitimate issues that deaf and hard-of-hearing and other disabled actorsface, but I don't believe that this is one of them.

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This P.C. idiocy has just been laughable for years now. I used to actually get angry like when the creator of Transparent said she would never cast a "cis" gender male in a trans role now. The backwards logic to this nonsense is all these trans, deaf, blind, gay whatever actors would absolutely shit themselves if you suggested they not be allowed to play straight or whatever character was not like them. Of course I realize blind isn't a great example but bottom line is acting is literally about playing someone else this whole line of argument is just another example of where this whiny, victim culture world is going and it sickens me.

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To be fair, if it were deaf people protesting, it probably sounded more like ""Enud id Enud".

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BAZINGA!

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