Do you represent someone who looks similar? That appears to be the case to many in the media.
In a segment that aired Friday, Carolla and crew discussed actor Peter Dinklage’s recent statements on a popular podcast.
As covered by RedState’s Brandon Morse, the Game of Thrones star — who was born with dwarfism — dumped on Disney’s planned live-action version of Snow White:
“Literally no offense to anyone, but I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White — but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”
“You’re progressive in one way,” Peter posed, “but then you’re still making that [darn] backward story about seven dwarves living in a cave together? What the [heck] are you doing, man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”
On Adam’s show, he and co-host Gina Grad asked guest Brad Williams his thoughts on the Dinklage ordeal.
Comedian and actor Brad has achondroplasia — the same as Peter.
“[R]ight in the middle of the Peter Dinklage situation…Brad’s now sought after,” Adam said.
Carolla pointed out a popular paradigm:
“It’s…interesting that we’ve decided — as a society — that if something happens to an individual, we just find another individual that sort of looks like that person, and they [can] comment on it.”
Are things so strangely silly that people’s appearance is how they’re prominently grouped?
In another arena, Americans’ “identities” appear to be increasingly defined by the length of their hair and which department from which they buy their clothes.
Meanwhile, we’re told our “community” doesn’t consist of those who live nearby — neighbors with whom we can come together for safety and strength. Rather, communities are merely strangers who bear similar visual markers.
Back to Adam, he hit the nail on the head with this example:
“When I was 12, I looked like Donnie Osmond. So if Donnie Osmond got in a plane crash, would they come to me for commentary? Like, ‘Well, as a white guy who has big teeth and unruly hair, my feelings are…'”
Appearance is also determining who gets to be the interviewer:
“We do that with black people. It’s like, when they interview Jussie Smollett, like, who’s gonna interview him? We have to find a black person. We have to find a black person, a woman, a thing, a dwarf…”
You may recall:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she will only grant interviews to journalists of color.
— The National Desk (@TND) May 20, 2021
“[T]hat’s not really journalism,” Carolla continued. “This fat guy wants to give an interview. We need a heifer (to do it). We need a fat guy…'”
“To weigh in,” Gina added.
Adam’s not a fan:
“It’s a weird, flawed premise that I’ve never really signed off on.”
We’re living amid strange days. At one point in time, perhaps some believed we were evolving beyond judging people according to their looks. But we appear to be doing so more than ever. And in ever-odder ways.
As for Brad Williams, he’s on the same page as Adam:
“It just made me realize that there [need] to be more famous little people out there. Because when one of us has anything that’s going on in the news, I’m apparently Dwarf Al Sharpton. Everyone has to come to me and be like, ‘What’s his take on it?'”
“I like it, it’s a lot of fun,” the actor noted, “but at the same time, a lot of pressure.”
And he’s not really equipped for the job:
“[I] don’t have the Dwarf Al Sharpton hair.”
Few do, Brad…few do.
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