Breaking Bad bucks Hollywood's cripface trend

Article: Breaking Bad bucks Hollywood's cripface trend

A 2011 study found that less than one percent of regular characters on scripted shows were disabled, and that number was falling. That’s pretty remarkable when you consider that approximately 20% of the population is disabled; talk about some disproportionate representation in pop culture. And it gets worse: Most disabled characters are not even played by people with disabilities. The practice of using nondisabled actors in disabled roles is known as “cripface,” and it’s a serious problem in Hollywood. That’s why actors like RJ Mitte, who plays Walter Jr. on Breaking Bad — premiering this Sunday — are especially important.

NPR speaks with Glee's silent piano man

Article: NPR speaks with Glee's silent piano man

NPR has this interesting interview with Brad Ellis, the resident pianist on Glee where his official title is “Accompanist,” although contrary to his silent on-show character, he’s quite the conversationalist in real life. I noticed him early on in the show. He stood out because unlike the rest of the cast, Berklee College of Music trained Brad actually looked like a high school music teacher.
You ended up working on Glee because you knew the casting director, right? But you didn’t know you’d actually be on the show.

Right. I’d worked with Robert Ulrich. He’s a casting director, but he’s also so much more. I knew he was extremely good at his job, quickly seeing inside actors to steer them towards the right parts. One of the things I’m good at is teaching people that singing is just one more way of using their voices. So I had been working with a lot of the cast members, especially Cory Monteith, who didn’t have a singing background. And one day (creator) Ryan Murphy said to me, “You better get used to wearing all black.” And I thought he was talking about my fashion sense.

Jane Lynch's Apple spoof

Article: Jane Lynch's Apple spoof

Jane Lynch is funnier than pretty much everyone on TV. Actually, she is far and away funnier than just about every working actor today. This is a fact in the gay world, where Ms. Lynch, a married lesbian, is becoming a camp icon. Move over Gaga, Sue Sylvester is in town. She’s perfectly terrifying on…

Glee Vogues

Article: Glee Vogues

Gays across the country freaked out over two of the gayest pop culture icons, Madonna and Glee, coming together. Yes, Glee did Madonna. The folks over at Defamer ran this hilarious side-by-side of Glee’s Vogue and the original. Glee’s is spot-on. And Jane Lynch does Madge better than Madge has in recent years. A real…

Sneaky Gays

Article: Sneaky Gays

The gays all love Glee, Fox’s hilarious musical-comedy about a high school glee club. It is sweet and well acted. The show’s nemesis is Sue Sylvester played by the perfectly cast Jane Lynch. Sylvester is the Adidas track suit clad cheerleading coach who has it out for the underdogs of the glee club. She’s vicious…

Gays with beards say a little prayer

Article: Gays with beards say a little prayer

I think I am the only queer in the universe who is not going nuts over Glee. It’s not that I have anything against Glee, I just don’t have the time to sit down and watch TV, unless of course, you’re Larry David. I always make time for Curb Your Enthusiasm. But I am always…