Friday, April 23, 2010

Disablism at Cannes : Time For A Boycot?

I have blogged about how Hollywood producers discriminate against wheelchair users by giving roles for wheelchair users to able bodied actors. Now, a Canadian film maker Sean Marckos was not allowed entrance to the Cannes Festival with other film makers. It is hard for Cannes to deny. Marckos got it on tape:



Why was he denied access? Too many steps to build a ramp. I guess they are they didn't have enough money to buy a lift? Right!

What is the problem with the film industry? When will media giants understand that people with disabilities deserve access to all parts of society and that there is no room left for disablism?

I wonder if there are a few brave actors, filmmakers, producers and leaders in the film industry who will boycot Cannes Festival until access is granted to everyone, able-bodied and disabled alike?

1 comment:

  1. Unbelievable! You know I just found your blog and this story because I Googled "disablism" looking for other references to use besides my own rantings as it deals with not only society in general but specifically in the entertainment industry where I, as a paraplegic have been working - or should i say trying to work for the past 15 years! I have wondered ever year when watching the Oscar's and the winners walk up these elaborate stairs to accept their awards and make a speech - how would a guy or gal in a wheelchair do it! Would they build a ramp just in case a nominee who uses a wheelchair is the winner? Or do as they did with Christopher Reeve and have the nominee waiting backstage waiting, and waiting, not being a part of the ceremony like everyone else and having a camera on their face as the winner is announced? And what if they don't win - roll your way off backstage and return to the audience like a good boy or girl?!

    But I am real surprised the French at Cannes is so blatantly discriminatory! And not once but twice! I have to find and talk to Sean Marckos! This is a prime example and has to get more media attention! Thank you for highlighting it! I'm glad to find you here at Wheelchair Pride and will will highlight your blog on mine! Take care! Larry

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