Little Kitten – My Gimpy Life Trailer

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • Nepenthe

    Wow. A disabled character played by a disabled actor! Revolutionary!

    (Not sarcasm. This is actually really exciting to me.)

  • left0ver1under

    I can recall very few disabled actors on TV or in movies, not counting the blind or deaf, and even then their portrayals are rarely flattering. The only really notable character was Marlee Matlin’s on “Reasonable Doubts” where she wasn’t a deaf lawyer, she was a lawyer who happened to be deaf. There is a difference.

    Hollywood has made little effort to portray such people as _people_, and those shown are almost always men. They’re almost always shown as targets of pity or their disabilities are hidden (John Thaw of the “Inspector Morse” series). Jim Byrnes of “Wiseguy” and Robert David Hall of “CSI” are the only positive and normal portrayals of people that I can remember.

    • Nepenthe

      Kerry Weaver, from ER, was pretty awesome. Especially since she’s a character with a disability and not a disabled character.

      • left0ver1under

        Ah. I was no fan of ER, hence why I didn’t mention her.

        Laura Innes was only pretending to be disabled, like Hugh Laurie on “House”. The three others I mentioned have no legs in real life. Hall and Byrnes are missing both legs, the late John Thaw was missing one from the knee down (he once appeared as a peg-legged pirate in the “Sherlock Holmes Mysteries”).

        Hiring able bodied people to play roles of the disabled is like the hiring ethnicities different than the roles (e.g. Chinese actors playing Japanese characters in “Memoirs of a Geisha”). Those who know can tell the difference, and it’s unfair to people of the group being portrayed not to get the roles. I don’t mean to sing “CSI”‘s praises to the skies, but they went out of their way to hire deaf actors for the roles where such characters appeared. The only actors who were faking deafness were playing characters who were faking deafness.