ACLU Sues Hollywood Over Discriminatory Casting Practices


Loaded 20 (New York): News broke recently that Peter Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) has been cast in the upcoming X-Men movie Days of Future Past. However, fans of the X-Men universe may not get to see him play beloved character and fictional Little Person, Puck, as many had hoped—not if the ACLU gets their day in court, that is.

After the casting decision was made, the American Civil Liberties Union in conjunction with LPA Inc (Little People of America) filed a motion to bar 20th Century Fox from letting Dinklage play the role of a little person superhero. The reason behind their legal action, explained one ACLU spokesman, was that casting little people in roles where they play little people highlights their disability in a disparaging and stereotypical light.

“Gay actors play straight roles all the time,” he continued, “so if we’re going to gain mainstream acceptance and equality the way the LGBT community has, we need to start pushing Hollywood to cast little people in normal-sized roles.”

Instead of a “normal-sized” role, however, the ACLU and LPA have suggested that Mr. Dinklage play the role of either Bishop, Colossus, or Cable. So far, Cable is the leading favorite due to the fact that either constructing a real life iron-man style Cable costume or digitally altering Dinklage’s size would provide several much-needed jobs during these hard economic times.

And the LPA isn’t the only special interest group jumping on the affirmative action bandwagon. Several feminist advocates are campaigning to have the role of Wolverine re-cast with a female actress due to the lack of strong females in the X-Men universe and the fact that Wolverine, as depicted in the movies, is an offensively token expression of outdated “alpha-male” stereotypes. UFC president Dana White is rumored to be courting 20th Century Fox to consider either Ronda Rousey or Liz Carmouche for the role.

Additionally, LGBT advocates have taken a break from seeking equal rights under the law to petition the studio and have Jubilee re-cast with a transexual actor. Several past contestants of the popular reality show Rupaul’s Drag Race are being considered, but have not yet commented on the issue.

When asked whether or not the fact that Cable isn’t present in the Days of Future Past canon would delay production, Brian Singer didn’t seem to be worried about it, and even went so far as to berate one reporter for suggesting that canon had any place in a Hollywood production. “We could replace Rachel with him, or shoehorn a time-traveling arc into the plot,” Singer explained. “Fanboys love time-traveling plots.”

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4 Responses to ACLU Sues Hollywood Over Discriminatory Casting Practices

  1. shortymonster

    I am all in favour of putting better female role models in movies – – but I’m not sure we’re doing anyone any favours when doing so would require ‘shoe horning’. If it doesn’t make sense within the story, then we risk reducing the impact of the story, and motion pictures are a story telling medium. I would be a darn sight happier with there just being well written female characters within the comic book world that can then be made into movies without turning them into purely sexual characters.

    • Lethea

      I’m right with you on that. It is frustrating to see the waifs and the obviously-drawn-for-the-eye-candy “heroines” get preferential treatment. The more I train and learn about MA, the more frustrated I get when I see someone (especially in movies/TV) with the body mass of a wet towel taking down baddies like it’s nothing. The Stargate franchises were really good at NOT following the stereotype for the most part (I’m looking at you, SGU) and if you haven’t seen Haywire, I’d highly recommend it.

  2. typhoonandrew

    You mean this article is not satire?

    Dinklage is a great actor, and while I get that he should not be discriminated against (duh), I find it laughable that he cannot accept a role that he is interest in because a policy group needs to make a point. That circumstance seems bloody stupid.

    It is almost the very reason we have the phrase “cut off your nose to spite your face”.

    ACLU and LPA seem like crackpots when presented this way.

    • Lethea

      Nah, it’s absolutely satire 😉 I felt like poking some fun at the way some advocacy groups overreach and unintentionally make things worse for themselves. Like you said, ‘cutting off their own noses to spite their faces’.

      And speaking of that particular adage in an article about the actor who plays Tyrion (I’m assuming you’ve read the Ice and Fire books)…I see what you did there. Kudos.

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