July 5th, 2016

So, last night we watched episode 19 of the first season of Glee: Dream On. Good episode, but I was disappointed to learn that Kevin McHale, the actor who plays Artie Abrams, is not, in fact, a paraplegic. That’s no secret to regular viewers, I’m sure, but in this day and age I assumed that, because of the diversity of the cast, McHale used his wheelchair in daily life. Others have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the choice of McHale to play the role.

The executive producer of Glee, Brad Falchuk, wants to represent America as a whole with getting the best performers possible.

“We brought in anyone: white, black, Asian, in a wheelchair,” he said. “It was very hard to find people who could really sing, really act, and have that charisma you need on TV.”

He understands the concern and frustration expressed by the disabled community, he said. But Kevin McHale, 21, who plays Artie, excels as an actor and singer and “it’s hard to say no to someone that talented,” Falchuk said.

That’s bullshit to me.

What next? The actresses who play Becky Potter and Jean Sylvester are wearing facial prosthetics?

Thankfully, not.

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