The Stand: Anger Over Actor Cast In Deaf Role For Stephen King TV Series


I support the Members of Hollywood’s deaf community in their cause, however, it will be difficult to achieve, unless this support is universal.

For a total boycott of the mini-series The Stand and others is required, this would mean that no one watches the The Strand. In addition the support of the able-bodied actors is required, whereby actors, such as, Henry Zaga should have refused to play the deaf character Nick Andros, as did The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, as stated in the post.

To assume networks, such as, CBS, will never achieve the required result. But to hit, such as CBS directly will for they will not be able to process if abled-bodied actors refuse to play these part and, if they do decide to play them, then the public should refuse to watch the series or films for if viewing figures are low or non-existent then it will not be financially viable to make them.

All of this will be difficult to achieve for acting parts are difficult to find, so will actors feel they need to put themselves first and as to the viewing public, will they agree to boycott the films, etc, or will they even know there is a problem.

The former has been found in many instances, where a few employers will ignore legislation, if there is any and the legal system will be the arbiters, assuming it even gets that far.

Same Difference

Members of Hollywood’s deaf community are boycotting CBS’s new mini-series The Stand, based on Stephen King’s novel, after a hearing actor was selected to play a deaf character.

More than 70 people signed a letter saying it was “not acceptable” that the CBS All Access series cast Henry Zaga as deaf character Nick Andros.

“We will not endorse, watch or support your mini-series… We will share our displeasure,” they said.

The BBC has asked CBS for comment.

The show is about a flu epidemic that wipes out 99% of the population, with the remaining few immune to the disease.

In June, CBS signed a commitment to audition actors with disabilities, according to Deadline, which said it was the first entertainment company to sign the Ruderman Family Foundation’s pledge for this cause.

But the protest letter said “not one deaf professional actor was called in to audition for the role”…

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