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Advocacy groups for the Deaf and Blind are pissed….and not because they are deaf and blind. The cutesy tween Abigail Breslin has been cast in the “Miracle Worker” to play Helen Keller, and these groups are mad its not a dead,dumb or blind kid…But from what I hear they are busy playing a mean game of pinball. The new York Times says:

Sharon Jensen, executive director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, an advocacy group for blind and deaf actors, among others, said in an interview late Wednesday that her organization strongly opposed a decision by the producers to not audition actresses for the part who shared Helen’s disabilities.

“We do not think it’s O.K. for reputable producers to cast this lead role without seriously considering an actress from our community,” Ms. Jensen said. “I understand how difficult it is to capitalize a new production on Broadway, but that to me is not the issue. There are other, larger human and artistic issues at stake here.”

First off, I’m not a very mean person, but I am also not very PC…Sorry guys, the blind won’t be reading the script, and the deaf won’t be taking their cues. While Helen Keller suffered from what is known as deafblindness (Real Original) and while she thrived in travel, and education and women’s suffrage and blah blah blah…She never acted. Anyhow, Abigail Breslin is marquee. That’s it. I’m sorry Deaf/Blind community, but you don’t have any high list actors like Breslin..THAT IS WHY SHE IS IN IT, SHE IS A CELEBRITY!

I do know a little sign language, so the following is a personal message for the deaf: “Amnail Brelznin id goo acor. Lito Mith thuntine….Goo.”

And a personal message for the blind: “………………………………………………………………………………….”

 

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