GOTTA DO OUR ‘PART’

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If it’s cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate to hire a white ac­tor to play an African-Amer­i­can, indige­nous or Asian per­son, why then did “Stronger” di­rec­tor David Gor­don Green think it was OK for him to hire Jake Gyl­len­haal to por­tray Bos­ton Marathon victim and dou­ble am­putee Jeff Bau­man?

The dis­abled com­mu­nity doesn’t think it’s OK, for sure. But thing is? Bau­man him­self couldn’t be hap­pier with Gyl­len­haal and the two have become close friends.

Why didn’t Green con­sider hir­ing an am­putee ac­tor who looks like both men to play Bau­man post-at­tack?

Be­cause he doesn’t ex­ist, right? Wrong.

Check out Casey Pieretti, stunt­man, in-line skater, com­mer­cial ac­tor, pros­the­sis designer, and kids char­ity an­gel — who also hap­pens to be an am­putee.

Pieretti would not only have been per­fect, but he’s hot as fire on ice.

Dis­abled ac­tors lose parts to non-dis­abled ac­tors all the time, but — damn! — it should never hap­pen when the part is that of a dis­abled per­son. Dis­miss­ing the dis­abled is dis­grace­ful.

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