“Glee” Wheelchair Kid Hits A Sour Note With Disabled Actors

Glee has gained reputation for celebrating the underdog to one helluva soundtrack, but at least one of the good-natured glee club misfits has hit a snag with some disabled entertainers in Hollywood.
Glee Wheelchair Episode Controversy

Several physically-challenged actors are voicing concerns that the show’s casting of Kevin Hale, a non-disabled actor, to play paraplegic high school student Artie on the hit comedy represents yet another missed opportunity for a popular program to cast a star who is actually disabled.

(Read All About The Debate Here….)

A similar debate kicked off last week, when a advocacy group for the hearing impaired protested Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin’s recent casting as Helen Keller in the Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker.

“I think there’s a fear of litigation, that a person with disabilities might slow a production down, fear that viewers might be uncomfortable,” says CSIcast member Robert David Hall . “I’ve made my living as an actor for 30 years and I walk on two artificial legs.”