People Living With Disabilities Review Characters With Disabilities

  • Published on May 10, 2018
  • "...when they cast someone who actually has a disability, almost always we get a more dynamic story."
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  • madison6421
    madison6421 15 days ago +1

    I’m in a chair, and that’s exactly how i would have written the dance dream.. because it’s exactly how i feel. Acting like you never want what you used to have or don’t have what everyone else has. If you’re saying you’ve never felt upset because you’re different you’re LYING to yourself. But, you kinda just get over it and move on. Movies are fiction... so ya know, let them be fiction. idk, i just don’t get these guys.

  • Nick Desroches
    Nick Desroches Month ago

    Everyone Check out Chris Scopo in roast battles... He's a beast! (dude with the arms)

  • Jeff hayes
    Jeff hayes Month ago

    Seems like they only picked Millennial disabled people .....

  • Bobby Adams
    Bobby Adams Month ago +1

    They should’ve had more mental disabilities. People that struggle with mental disabilities/illnesses aren’t seen as having a disability due to the fact that people don’t see us having one, but mental disabilities are just as challenging as physical ones.

  • Sergio Quiroz
    Sergio Quiroz Month ago

    You should get it no matter what

  • _uniqness _
    _uniqness _ 2 months ago +1

    In Wonder, they didn't give August an award in the book for precisely the reason the people reacting in the movie said. It's weird that they changed that in the movie.

  • Ardo Con
    Ardo Con 2 months ago +1

    This was very good! Thank you!

  • Amanda Actriz
    Amanda Actriz 2 months ago

    You should do this with mental illness! I feel like movies and shows tend to make mental issues so beautiful and romantic when it's not really like that

  • kimaya panash
    kimaya panash 2 months ago

    "i am here and i am hard to kill"...hell yeah

  • O. C.
    O. C. 3 months ago

    Peter Dinklage is a complete and utter badass. Full stop.

  • Jacinta Schneider
    Jacinta Schneider 3 months ago

    please tell me toph is in here somewhere

  • Veronica Victor
    Veronica Victor 3 months ago

    "I'm here and I'm hard to kill."

  • Shea Pierson
    Shea Pierson 3 months ago

    I wish they'd had someone with an intellectual/developmental disability give their take on it too.

  • AJ McRobert
    AJ McRobert 3 months ago

    Don't you think it's pretty hypocritical that they were reviewing disabilities they dont even have? They are doing this while basically telling us that we don't understand. What the hell do they know about having Down syndrome or being a little person?

    • TheIrishninjas
      TheIrishninjas Month ago

      A lot more than the able-bodied people playing and writing the characters, that's for sure.

  • Bridget Anderson
    Bridget Anderson 3 months ago

    Speaking of Peter Dinklage, trailer for I Think We're Alone Now seems really promising!

  • Kenzie J
    Kenzie J 3 months ago

    The comments they made about "Inspiration Porn" meant a lot to me. As a victim of abuse as well as someone who has dealt with invisible disabilities for most of my life, I know what it is like to be used as a source of feel-good fodder for the average person. There is something weirdly dehumanizing about people using other's hardships as a way to pat themselves on the back, and it hijacks the complexity and meaning of our stories. Good disability representation should be an inspiration to disabled people, not inspiration porn or comedic relief for the non-disabled.

  • Libby Mackenzie
    Libby Mackenzie 3 months ago

    Becky is THE WORST. She was so exploited!

  • Eddie Brock
    Eddie Brock 3 months ago

    Tyrion is one of my favorite characters on GOT followed by Daenyrs and Jon Snow. I also like Tywin. I love to hate Cersei.

  • elarcand
    elarcand 3 months ago

    I feel bad but all I could think at 1:46 is deadpool going "Well.....that's just lazing writting"

  • sierra mist
    sierra mist 3 months ago +1

    artie DID have an arc about self love and acceptance. why didn’t they show that?

  • Silver Bat
    Silver Bat 3 months ago

    BTW I don't think the misunderstanding of Leo's character in what's eating Gilbert grape shows a lack of empathy or understanding on behalf of the main characters but on behalf of the country town the characters live in. Artie seems sorta autistic with some type of mental diminishment. He looks and sounds like people I have seen in real life. No one mentioned the disabled, obese mother, who is negligent of her kids but she also has a problem and is MORE the subject of "how crappy for the rest of the family." I see it more that the family NEVER felt truly ashamed of each other and they had solidarity no matter what despite their disabilities, but it also shows the psychological affects on the caretakers.. Gilbert, and his sister, who themselves are left by their father and are themselves thrust into the "mom and dad" roles for their cognitively/behaviorally challenged brother and physically handicapped mother.

    • Silver Bat
      Silver Bat 3 months ago

      Times when he flips out/climbs the water tower are usually when Gilbert is late, doesn't show up, et c. or he is in deep turmoil. Nice symbolism there.

  • Silver Bat
    Silver Bat 3 months ago

    Eye-opening video. I also love Peter Dinklage and his portrayal of Tyrion! You guys forgot a great movie: "My Left Foot."

    • Silver Bat
      Silver Bat 3 months ago

      Daniel Day Lewis plays Christy Brown with cerebral palsy in working class Ireland in the 1930s. Being uneducated about his disability, the family assumes he is not mentally capable, but as the movie shows, they eventually are taught by Christy that this is not the case.

  • thebacon
    thebacon 3 months ago

    sometimes it's really not disrespectful. the actor's job is to literally act like someone theyre not.

  • Eunoia
    Eunoia 3 months ago

    They ignored quite a lot of scenes that did what they wanted to do.

    HERESTONY 3 months ago

    Poor bastards made to sit and watch other more fortunate vegetables on TV

  • Nikki Sweet
    Nikki Sweet 3 months ago +1

    I think that these people don't understand how Glee works. The point of Glee is that there are a bunch of kids who get bullied and who have these insecurities and they learn to love them. This also includes Artie. There is no "sensitive way" to bully someone

  • Margaret Phelps
    Margaret Phelps 3 months ago +1

    I think they were a little hard on the Arnie character. He wasn't representing a physically disabled person, he was mentally disabled. Completely different

  • ActiveAnimals
    ActiveAnimals 4 months ago

    Physically disabled people get so offended when confronted with the idea that mental disabilities exist too.

  • Judy Nguyen
    Judy Nguyen 4 months ago

    I felt that way too about Artie. I’ve spent too long wishing I didn’t have my disorders...instead of working on how to just live with it.

    QUARTERMASTER_EMI6 4 months ago

    8:42 - _"We want to be inspired. Inspired by our own gifts, and our own talents, and our own stories and struggles..."_

  • Bagel
    Bagel 4 months ago

    Wonder was, in all honesty, a terrible movie. The book was so much better. In the book the movies based off of, it says to imagine auggie as different as you’d like, and to give a mental image as the story takes place. This movie ruined the entire idea of that and designed the movie characters all wrong.

    But besides that, this video was great.

  • Matdy James
    Matdy James 4 months ago

    Awesome vids, please make this a regular thing, Buzzfeed! Do Deaf people review deaf characters on films and shows (like Switched at Birth).because so many complaints about how Deaf characters are treated in tv.

  • yana romanova
    yana romanova 4 months ago

    that dude is really hot

  • Samantha Casey
    Samantha Casey 4 months ago

    What was Pamela’s disability? She’s really annoying.

  • sora
    sora 4 months ago

    Disability porn thanks

  • Jelena Jeanine
    Jelena Jeanine 4 months ago

    Don't agree with their assessment of Arnie Grape. Leonardo DiCaprio did an amazing job with the character. And also, they never specify what disability Arnie has, so how do they know what his expected life span should be? None of these people are qualified to speak on mental disabilities. I don't think they even watched the movie and understood the plot. SMH. Next time Buzzfeed, include medical professionals and people with mental disabilities to speak on the subject.

  • Trinity Prothro
    Trinity Prothro 4 months ago

    If I was disabled I wouldn't want to get a part just because I was disabled. I'd hope to get the part because I was good enough. My friend who is physically disabled agrees. She's doesn't make her disability the only thing that makes her her and doesn't get offended by actors playing disabled characters.

  • bluemermaiid
    bluemermaiid 4 months ago

    Basically: give people with disabilities space in the media/arts industry and let them tell their own stories instead of having people who don't even do their research write it.

  • aeroangel3321
    aeroangel3321 4 months ago

    Calling Becky from Glee a band-aid is kind of offensive too isn't it?

  • Jade Ferra
    Jade Ferra 4 months ago

    I've thought it would be really good for movies if casting would be blind. Like... have the bones, have the necessary bits of the story and then cast blind from there. If the story takes place in modern-day America and is about coworkers that hate each other but end up falling in love - it doesn't matter the ethnicity, gender, or disabilities. Disabled fat black man falls in love with a standard Hollywood white guy and the story doesn't have to be about being gay, having disability, or comedy because someone is overweight in it - it can still be exactly the same as any silly feel good hot white guy hot white girl fall in love romance. I would love to see shows portrayed like that. And if it does matter cast accordingly as well (don't cast white people in place of every other ethnicity Hollywood COUGH COUGH). There will be a lot of stories about hot white people, but how much more interesting would it be to have an appropriate diversity of people cast as long as the story is being respected. Movies would be so much better

  • Marjorie Wheatley
    Marjorie Wheatley 4 months ago

    If Peter Linkage was of normal height,it would be so unfair to all adult men surpassing George Clooney & Pitt by far!

  • hoseok's cute elf ears
    hoseok's cute elf ears 4 months ago

    oh my god i love this video

  • SmokeyFiizz
    SmokeyFiizz 4 months ago

    When he said "Forrest Gump" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" my heart actually broke.
    I always knew representation mattered. But boy did that actually hit me right in the chest.

  • Ashling and Hurricanes
    Ashling and Hurricanes 4 months ago

    "I'm here, and I'm hard to kill." GIrl marry me!

  • Tine turnt
    Tine turnt 4 months ago they just made wonder sound aweful…..he didn't get an award just because he was disabled...

  • PsychoWeeb
    PsychoWeeb 4 months ago

    You could’ve let them watch the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show - Behind the scenes where the actors actually DO have the disabilities that they portray

  • Dennis Hendrix
    Dennis Hendrix 4 months ago

    melt comfortable wind return ridiculous stir Democrat perception victim.

  • Meg
    Meg 4 months ago

    What about Toph?

  • meb1879
    meb1879 4 months ago

    If you're looking for disability being well represented, both by the presenters and the subject matter, check out British chat show "The Last Leg"!

  • daniel burton
    daniel burton 4 months ago


  • Sexy Sabin
    Sexy Sabin 4 months ago

    Buzzfeed must relate because you know, they’re disabled too

  • TheNavyBlue Wolf
    TheNavyBlue Wolf 4 months ago

    Yeah I agree with what they were saying about Wonder. I have a sister with SMA and we are so close that it's almost like we are the same person. I know what she's thinking and feeling in a certain situation, so I know that she is uncomfortable when she's being given attention because of her disability. So when we watched that movie, I kinda got uncomfortable when he got that award because I kinda felt like they were giving it to him because they felt bad for him. People give my sister gifts all the time and I can feel how uncomfortable she is because she knows why they are giving it to her. She wants to be seen as a person, not a person with a disability. She wants people to remember her because of her personality, not the huge wheelchair she's sitting in. I feel all kinds of secondhand embarassment when people do things for her because they feel bad for her.

  • Lucie Kulhankova
    Lucie Kulhankova 4 months ago +1

    I dont get why people have a problem with an able-bodied actor playing a disabled one. I mean, its called acting. There, its hard enough to find an actor who can nail the part and if you will be looking only at disabled actor your choice will be very limited. Also with Artie, he was there for five seasons and he literally had this one episode when he had a short-lived issue about his diasbality, the whole story made sense for the character, that was normally super happy and ok. People should stop being so negative about all this :).

  • OohlalaHolly
    OohlalaHolly 4 months ago

    not everyone, black ppl and asian people hardly see themselves in movies!

  • OohlalaHolly
    OohlalaHolly 4 months ago

    where are the people of color?

  • cj222100
    cj222100 4 months ago

    I have a crush on Peter Dinklage too 😊 Also I would have been interested in hearing their opinion on AHS season 4. The characters were very interesting & had lots of different storylines, but at the same time, it was set in a 1950s circus freakshow. So that would've been a really interesting one for them to discuss imo.

  • AllonsyRapunzel
    AllonsyRapunzel 4 months ago +1

    Tracy Beaker returns / the dumping ground
    Frank was awesome. The only time I remember his cerebral palsy being a big topic was when his best friend was complaining about how hard his life was and Frank was like "I have to talk REALLY slowly and people still struggle to understand me. You think you're the only one with problems?"
    But that's a CBBC program in the UK so of course they haven't seen it. Lola was good too in the original Tracy Beaker. Also there's Sasha in the Dumping Ground who has dwarfism and refers to others as "shortie" which I love (she's played by Annabelle Davis, Warwick Davis's daughter). However I don't have any major disabilities so I wouldn't know. However I know that watching the Tracy Beaker programs growing up made me see that people with disabilies are just people like you and me. Nobody is "normal", there is statistically not a normal person so having a disability shouldn't be a problem.

  • Aatikah
    Aatikah 4 months ago

    Their feelings are valid about the Artie episode, because it is their own feelings. So many comments, "well you should see it.." Guys, relax. Their feelings are valid. Maybe some day they'll look back on it and think different, or maybe they did finish the episode and not dislike it as a whole, and that's fine. Let people feel things, damn.

  • weahhh63
    weahhh63 4 months ago

    Completely off topic, but my uncle was in a wheelchair, and I always thought it was neat that he would let me play in it, and his car and truck was so cool since it had been modified so he could drive it.

  • Laura Hoke
    Laura Hoke 4 months ago

    Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. He did a fantastic job and deserves to be recognized for his talent not how it hurt your feelings and is offensive boohoohoo crap.

  • The Doc Jay
    The Doc Jay 4 months ago +1

    if you are disabled you do wish you weren't. I wish I didn't have to use a cane anymore.

  • Stephanie Palladino
    Stephanie Palladino 4 months ago +2

    I disagree that only people with disabilities should be portraying people with disabilities. Actors aren't actually anyone that they play - they are playing a role, pretending. No one would be pissed off that a firefighter wasn't played by a real firefighter. Pretending is the whole point of acting, and the only stipulation is whether or not they acted well. Also, films and television are a form of art. Art isn't supposed to be politically correct, or 'validating', or 'inclusive'... it's not supposed to be anything except an expression of the artists creative vision. The idea that art should be policed, is ridiculous.

  • Alli 3
    Alli 3 4 months ago

    Leonardo DiCaprio was not even a well known actor when that film was made . I personally don't see anything wrong with that movie . It's based off a book.

  • julia howe
    julia howe 4 months ago

    as somebody who looks fucked up in a swimsuit (my leg is literally a birthmark from my ankle to my high thigh, as well as many others in varying sizes all over) I laughed out loud in ready player one like OMG so bad

  • Monica Michelle
    Monica Michelle 4 months ago

    Getting out of bed does not make me inspirational

  • ferociousgumby
    ferociousgumby 4 months ago

    This is great and enlightening and reveals popular stereotypes. Can you do mental health next? Oh boy oh boy oh boy. There is a tremendous need. It's all this "a memoir of madness" stuff. And people look at movies with mentally ill people in them and call it a "heartwarming struggle towards the light". At the same time, "whack job" is one of the favorite expressions in our culture."Oh come on. He's just a whack job" (total dismissal).

  • Kath Moon
    Kath Moon 4 months ago

    ''I'm here and I'm hard to kill'' That's my sentence of the year!

  • Vere Witch.
    Vere Witch. 4 months ago

    "I'm here and I'm hard to kill" < life motto!

  • Jo WL Leung
    Jo WL Leung 4 months ago

    In casting actor with disability for Artie's role. A lot of comments go into how a disabled actor can't do what an able-bodied actor can. What about the other way around. All the things an abled body can't do while a wheelchair user can! Of course the team can choose who they want and how they want it, it's their show. Just thinking it may give a different level of artistic possibilities. After all, the show is about celebrating variety of talents right!?

  • stiras1
    stiras1 4 months ago

    I don't get why they didn't like What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Leo did an amazing job. I know kids like that, so he didn't do a poor job. It was realistic. It is also a movie about a family's struggle, and I don't see anything wrong with that. Lots of families struggle for different reasons. Why should we hide that some families with kids who are disabled struggle? It is the truth. Much better to get it out in the open then pretend it doesn't happen.

  • Starry Night
    Starry Night 4 months ago

    The way Glee handled Artie, bisexuality and Asian characters sucked sooo bad. I'm glad that show is over

  • Elin
    Elin 5 months ago +1

    Why isn’t Dare Devil in this? Or any blind/deaf reviewers???

  • Rocket Leaves
    Rocket Leaves 5 months ago

    I like wonder but my main gripe with it that the character wasn’t deaf like they said in the movie overall the person who played him did really well

  • TeaandFiona
    TeaandFiona 5 months ago

    I always thought Dinklage was hot even in Elf

  • Morgan MacRae
    Morgan MacRae 5 months ago

    peter, goddamn why does he do it to us

  • MnMPryoBanana
    MnMPryoBanana 5 months ago

    Good stuff.

  • Pretty Little Liar
    Pretty Little Liar 5 months ago

    What an inspiration. "We want to be inspired too".. What a slap in the face. Wake up humanity!

  • Jolie Mwah
    Jolie Mwah 5 months ago

    I loveeeeee this! Its refreshing to hear such insight, thank God for the internet because this can definitely be addressed all over the world! We want to see more of this!

  • Karissa Santana
    Karissa Santana 5 months ago

    Could y'all make a similar video of:
    Deaf people Review Characters that are "Deaf" In TV and Movies?

  • Ed Lothia
    Ed Lothia 5 months ago

    They didn't bring up Jamie Brewers AHS roles which I think are so great! especially from "coven"

    LUCIA CURRAN LANE 5 months ago

    I didn’t see that part in glee

  • - CallMeCrazy -
    - CallMeCrazy - 5 months ago +2

    What about Reggie in Call The Midwife? Those episodes get me in tears every time. He's such a great character!

  • Nicola Locke
    Nicola Locke 5 months ago

    The crush is real!

  • Hannah G
    Hannah G 5 months ago

    As a person with many disabilities, I feel like the majority of what they say in this video is petty and purposefully negative. Nothing annoys me more than people nit picking the hell out of things.
    By the time it got to the discussion of Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, I was just plain annoyed.

  • Esme.Equine
    Esme.Equine 5 months ago

    Look. Just because you are disabled, doesn’t mean you can be the police on “properly portrayed disabled people.” It’s sad, that you have to go through what you go through, but please, don’t get mad at directors and actors for trying. It’s like saying just because I’m white I can criticize the movies with white females and say “well this isn’t how I live, I’m offended by the character.” That isn’t right.

  • CrappyOneshots
    CrappyOneshots 5 months ago

    No bran?

  • Phoebe Congloebe
    Phoebe Congloebe 5 months ago

    Where's Sean Murphy from The Good Doctor?

  • SlothSlow
    SlothSlow 5 months ago

    Wish they added Ivar the Boneless from Vikings probably one of the more badass characters on the show (After Ragnar and Bjorn)

  • Gianna Faith
    Gianna Faith 5 months ago

    Wow that guy is a savage 😂

  • Andrianna Lu
    Andrianna Lu 5 months ago

    what about Dustin from Stranger Things?

  • Michal Danek
    Michal Danek 5 months ago

    "I'm here, and I'm hard to kill." That is hands down one of the most badass things anyone has ever said.

  • jennifer yvette reyna
    jennifer yvette reyna 5 months ago

    I can see why people would find Leonardo DiCaprio's acting offensive but I don't agree that the movie is supposed to make the audience feel sorry for the family because of Arnie's disability. The story is about Gilbert and his struggle to take care of his family while trying to live his own life. The relationship between Arnie and Gilbert is a big part of the story but it isn't all there is to the movie. Also, you can't forget that the Arnie wasn't the only character in the movie with a disability. The mother is morbidly obese and is a shut in.

  • Darmath
    Darmath 5 months ago


  • Cait P.
    Cait P. 5 months ago

    It's also worthwhile noting that using "name actors" can be a really good in for people who otherwise aren't exposed to media featuring disabled people, and the choice of actor very rarely impacts a character's narrative (the writer and director do) .

  • Cait P.
    Cait P. 5 months ago

    Would have been great for you guys to touch on what successful movies featuring disabilities exist from the 90s onward so your audience have some inspiration about what they can look up and watch.

  • Dino Saurus
    Dino Saurus 5 months ago

    If you don't have people on the panel with cognitive diabilities, don't review those characters. In Particular, don't review characters with cognitive disabilities that severely affect them. How do you know that your panel doesn't also have misconceptions about cognitive and intellectual disabilities?

    • TheIrishninjas
      TheIrishninjas 5 months ago

      Disability is such a broad spectrum that even if they were to add people with cognitive disabilities to the panel, people would still complain. I think the point of this is to say that as a whole, the disabled community is represented poorly in society.

  • Alex Martinez
    Alex Martinez 5 months ago

    I can't believe no one thought to bring up Simon Birch, who tf??

  • Super
    Super 5 months ago +1

    That guy has really gross hands

  • Jessica Bushell-Hale
    Jessica Bushell-Hale 5 months ago

    I am curious what people with disabilities think of the woman from Kingsman. She was an amputee with leg blades and about as over the top as any other character in the movie.