Anger in the Deaf Community Over Actor Cast in Steven King Miniseries

Anger in the Deaf Community Over Actor Cast in Steven King Miniseries

Hearing actor Henry Zaga plays deaf character in CBS show.

Members of Hollywood’s deaf community are boycotting CBS’s new mini-series. More than 70 people have signed a letter saying it was not acceptable that the CBS All Access series The Stand cast hearing actor Henry Zaga as deaf character Nick Andros, BBC News reports.

“We will not endorse, watch or support your mini-series … We will share our displeasure,” the letter read.

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

In June, CBS reportedly signed a commitment to audition actors with disabilities. But the letter said “not one deaf professional actor was called in to audition for the role” and “the decision was made without respect to and for deaf professionals.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS is meeting people from the deaf artists’ community to discuss the issue.

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