— Wild Beasts frontman Tom Fleming (via snotferret)
Not only is the portrayal of disability by a non-disabled actor equivalent to blackface—what we in the disability community derisively call “cripping up” (pretending to have a disability)—universally accepted as a technical skill tucked away in an actor’s bag of tricks, it is always applauded and more often than not, rewarded. 16 percent of Academy Award winners have received the coveted statue for playing a character with a disability; just two of those winners were disabled actors.
If you think this phenomenon exists only in Hollywood, consider the 2013-14 New York theater season. Since spring 2013 alone, four plays featuring a central character with a disability have opened on Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, Richard III, Of Mice and Men, and the upcoming The Cripple of Inishmaan. Not one of these productions cast an actor with a disability in either the principal cast or as an understudy."
— Disability in American Theater: Where is the Tipping Point? by Christine Bruno (via fuckyeahgreatplays)