Wibble, purest wibble

The disability charity Scope has criticised the decision to cast an able-bodied actor as Joseph Merrick in the forthcoming BBC adaptation of The Elephant Man.

Presumably we’ve got to find someone with Proteus Syndrome to play him. After all, using a legless actor – not a great challenge as it happens – would still be using someone without Proteus Syndrome and thus not meet the demand being made.

We could just say that it’s all playing dress up but that’s just so counter to modern mores, isn’t it?

19 thoughts on “Wibble, purest wibble”

  1. How wonderful that all the practical issues affecting disabled people have now been resolved, such that a charity set up to assist them has time and money to concern itself with this!

  2. Both the BBC and all fake charities should be shut down .

    Fake charity meaning any charity that has made even so much as one remark serving the cause of CM.

  3. BlokeInTejasInNormandy

    “How wonderful that all the practical issues affecting disabled people have now been resolved, such that a charity set up to assist them has time and money to concern itself with this!”

    Indeed! they can now disband, happy in that knowledge, leaving not a trace except a short, polite message on their website explaining that they have shut down, and no more money should be sent by anybody.

    O, joyous day!

  4. Lots of issues Scope could focus on that help disabled people. An actor playing the part appears to not be one of them.

    I’m a crip and I’m happy with the casting as it is. I look forward to seeing how he portrays the character – many an actor seeks out different parts to show they are capable of acting.
    Has anyone complained about John Hurt? Who played the same character? No.
    And he played him well.

  5. “many an actor seeks out different parts to show they are capable of acting”

    As Robert Downey Jr showed as Sgt Osiris. Pulled it off with aplomb too.

  6. And another fake ‘backlash’ because Peter Dinklage has been cast to play the dwarf who appeared in the Bond film.

    The totalitarians’ objection this time is an inaccurate wikipedia page claiming he was “half-Filipino”, so he should be played by a Filipino. So not only outraged, but wrong.

  7. How comes it’s problematic and totally not OK for an able bodied actor to portray a cripple, or a non-transgender to play a transgenderer, but totes progressive and amazeballs when a black fella or a woman is cast as Hamlet?

  8. Dennis the Peasant

    I look forward to the day when the producers of the next Godzilla movie are criticized for not casting a giant reptile in the title role.

  9. Joseph Merrick was deformed, not Spastic, so hiring a spastic (under whatever the pc name for spastics is now – I do not know but I cannot believe that it is scopes) would be just as wrong as hiring a non-disabled actor (or hiring a black man to play Othello who was a “Moor” i.e. Berber from the Mediterranean coast of Algeria or Morocco and paler than Arabs).

  10. As usual, campaigners are not campaigning for the their cause; they are campaigning for the campaigners.

    This is about getting attention for Scope. It is marketing. It has nothing to do with Merrick or Heaton.

  11. How comes it’s problematic and totally not OK for an able bodied actor to portray a cripple, or a non-transgender to play a transgenderer, but totes progressive and amazeballs when a black fella or a woman is cast as Hamlet?

    Because they are dishonest shit-weasels.

  12. I now want to see action movies where the cast are actually shot with real weapons. Theres a few i can think of that i’d like to see first. Anything else is just make believe .

  13. Bloke in North Dorset

    Why are they even performing Shakespeare’s plays let alone worrying about who acts the parts? He was, from the best we can tell, a CIS gendered white male. His plays should be banned and his name struck from the historical record.

  14. Dennis the Peasant

    I look forward to the day when the producers of the next Catwoman movie are criticized for not casting a large female feline in the title role.

    Species appropriation is a terrible thing.

  15. The Globe are currently doing a very odd performance of “As You Like It” that includes a deaf actress performing entirely in sign language.

    A play famed for its language, written by a playwright notorious for his inventive use of language, and you cast someone who literally cannot communicate that to the audience?

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