Following the outrage over Scarlett Johansson portraying a transgender character in a movie, controversy struck Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest film “Skyscraper.”
In the film, Johnson’s character is an above the knee amputee, and he is being chastised because he is not actually an amputee in real life. Actress Katy Sullivan, a Paralympian and “a double above-the-knee amputee from birth,” wrote an open letter to Johnson about the controversy. She wrote, “My request is for you to stop saying ‘Yes’ to roles like the one in that movie.”
Sullivan claims that amputees and other disabled actors do not get enough roles and should be able to portray themselves in films. She also would like the outrage to increase over this particular issue. “There is a lack of social outrage for able-bodied actors playing disabled characters. In fact, they are often celebrated … from the Golden Globes to the Oscars, for taking on such ‘difficult material,’” Sullivan penned.
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