I first got a bug up my ass about this when I saw an ad for a drug that effects blind people because they don’t know day from night so their body clock is out, it had a un- aided blind woman running down her cobblestone path in heels without a cane or a dog. Now before you jump on me, yes blind or visually impaired people are quite able to get around their own familiar environments, but I grew up with a blind family member he didn’t run down paths he walked carefully and slowly, and he always said cobblestones were blind persons hell.
In the same ad there is a cool looking young guy in a Italian suit with a supposed guide dog, and he is almost running through grand central but the shepherd cross guide dog (never seen crossbreds used) isn’t walking around objects he has to direct it and the dog is almost running and the ad makes it obvious that both the dog isn’t a guide dog and the man isn’t blind?
Another ad has a supposedly long term(25 years) paraplegic woman in a wheelchair, the problem is her supposed fulltime chair is a hospital type with high sides that make pushing yourself almost impossible and it just isn’t a chair we the permanently disabled would use, it’s the kind orderlies push you to x-ray in?
I‘m an actor comedian and have done 6 major movies, more than 1,000 hours of prime time tv and hundreds of hours of voice over and 3 years radio voice over.
I am contactable, mike box is a known figure he could advise on what wheelchairs ? wheels fotheringham is an entertainer, otter bailey,the push girls(remember them) there are dozens of advocacy groups so why in a political climate where we are being accused of being a drain on the federal finances if were on disability is one of the richest industries in the world using able bodied performers to fake being disabled?
I have worked as a fight choreographer so actors look like they know martial arts, why not employ a wheelchair advisor who instructs how you sit what type of chair and how you push? Isn’t that part of the show equally important? Obviously not to most Madison ave agencies or Hollywood studios.
In a generation where tens of thousands of dis and otherwise abled soldiers, sailors and marines and airmen are coming home broken every day and movies about them are being made every day why wouldn’t you want to respect those who fought for us and get it right?
Our bodies might not work 100% but the brains are just hitching a ride in most cases and even with those with closed head injury why wouldn’t you want authenticity in your work? Get it together people we can make your product better and by doing so make our lives independent again its win win all around.